A small subset of Kentucky fans probably weren’t too surprised that Tyler Herro emerged as the leading scorer of the Bahamas trip. If you followed his exploits in high school, you were well aware the kid could light up the scoreboard. Nevertheless, Herro was the lowest ranked recruit in Cal’s 2018 recruiting class, so having some trepidation about him stepping into a leading role wasn’t a crazy thought before the team hit the court together.
It might be a crazy thought now.
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi claims that he never had any doubts about Herro’s role at UK:
“I saw him … all these guys, whether you’re ranked No. 10 or No. 30, you have to understand, you’re one of the most elite players in the country. So it’s up to those guys to decide where they’re going to fit in,” Biancardi said. “Just because people say, ‘Well he was the lowest-ranked guy in the class,’ that means nothing. He’s still a top 30 player. He’s a guy who I pictured that, just like all the rest, would come in and start.”
“I think the reason why he was so productive, he’s maybe the best shooter on the team, obviously,” Biancardi said. “He’s got the efficiency in his game, he’s got IQ. He reads the game really well at a young age.”
If the Bahamas was any indication, Tyler Herro might just be the guy who deserves to have the ball in late game situations. He fills it up from literally everywhere on the court.
Cue “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters.