If you haven’t heard by now, two (now-former) Wildcats stopped by the radio station today to chat with Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin. Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro made their KSR debuts Wednesday morning, and they had plenty to say. You can listen to their entire interview here, or you can cheat a little bit (you’re welcome).
Here are the top five things the roommates said Wednesday morning:
Speaking of roommates… Do either of them do that one thing that drives the other one crazy? Probably, but they wouldn’t quite admit to it on the radio. Maybe one’s a little messy or maybe one snores – we’ll never know. But we do know one thing:
“We’re both crazy. That’s why we get along.” -Keldon Johnson
There was plenty of talk throughout the season regarding Tyler Herro’s impressive ability to perform on the road – he seemed to thrive in the “villain” role for the Wildcats. Herro admitted his de-commitment from his home state of Wisconsin prepared him for that very role, and he grew to love the welcoming chorus of “boos” once he entered an opponent’s arena.
“I kind of live for that moment. I just like being the villain on the road. I just liked going into other team’s arenas and ruining their weekends.” – Tyler Herro
They also learned a thing or two during their time in Lexington. Both Johnson and Herro told Matt they’re honor-roll students in the classroom, and Johnson even gave a shoutout to one of his favorite professors. He also shared a piece of advice he’s learned during his time here.
“Don’t treat nobody different. It doesn’t matter if it’s the janitor or the CEO of a company, treat everyone with respect.” – Johnson.
Some poignant words for a freshman in college.
Johnson and Herro certainly treated fans with respect this season. This team was great with the BBN all season, likely posing for more pictures than they can remember. But, according to Herro, that’s a small price to pay for what they got in return.
“Without the fans, we really wouldn’t be anything. They’re the people who come to the games and cheer us on. Me and Keldon – and I really think the whole team – this year embraced that and how much they supported us. If you [saw] how we started the season, I don’t think many people would have supported us after we lost by 40. They stuck with us and we really appreciated that.”
Unfortunately, part of sticking with the Cats meant supporting them after a demoralizing loss to Duke to open the season. Even after November 6, there were obviously other highs and lows of the long (but not quite long enough) season.
Of course, the pair picked some of their biggest wins as their favorite moments in a Kentucky uniform – the UNC win and the Kansas win, namely. But they also had to address some of the lows. Johnson said the team just didn’t “execute like we wanted to coming down the stretch” against Auburn, and it cost them the opportunity to play in a Final Four. There was one team in particular they wanted to face, and it’s the team that beat them at the very beginning of their year.
“We wanted to see [Duke], obviously, in the National Championship. That’s kind of what we wanted to do,” Herro said. “I definitely think if we saw them again, we’d get after them.”
Even if the Cats had advanced to the Final Four, Duke had already been eliminated. Regardless, Johnson and Herro were confident they could have won over the Blue Devils, had they been given a re-do.
Once again, the pair showed this year’s team was full of not only good players, but good people, as well.
Johnson and Herro were both on the show for a few segments, so they had plenty of other note-worthy quotes. Check out what Herro (and his teammates) thought of his “Bucket” nickname here, and click here for what they learned from talking with NBA scouts.
For information on their signing tours (including stops at KSBar & Grille), click here.