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Tyler Herro declares for NBA Draft, doesn’t rule out return to Kentucky

As expected, Tyler Herro has declared for the NBA Draft, but isn’t ruling out returning to Kentucky for a sophomore season.

The freshman just shared the news on social media, telling fans he will take advantage of the new rules and sign with an agent; however, if he hears he needs to improve his game, he will consider returning to Kentucky for another year.

“My freshman season at Kentucky was incredible,” Herro said. “As Coach Cal and the staff promised, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. This staff challenged me to be the best version of myself. I’m proud of what we accomplished as a team and how I elevated my game personally. After talking with my family, Coach Cal and the staff, I’ve decided to test the waters and see where I stand in the NBA Draft process.

“In order to make the most informed decision possible, but also leave my options open, I will be taking advantage of new rules allowing me to work with an agent. If the information I receive supports that I’m likely to be a high draft pick, I want to be upfront with everyone in Big Blue Nation that I will keep my name in the NBA Draft. If the evaluations tell me I need to elevate my game further, I would be thrilled to return to Kentucky and help this team compete for a championship.

“Whatever happens over the next couple months, I want to thank BBN for its support this season and throughout this process. I love this school, I love playing on the Kentucky stage and I am grateful that my family is now part of the Kentucky family.”

Herro averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in his freshman season at Kentucky, shooting 46.2% from the floor, 35.5% from three, and a staggering 93.5% from the free-throw line.

“I think Tyler is making the best decision for him and his family and using the resources that the NCAA now allows. I’m in full support of Tyler’s decision,” John Calipari said in a release from UK. “What I’m most proud of is how Tyler became not only an efficient offensive player but an efficient defensive player. He’s wired and driven like only a few others I’ve coached. I’ve had an absolute ball coaching him. Whatever he decides to do in the end, I will support.”

Herro is the third Kentucky player to declare for the draft, joining PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson. PJ has indicated that he will remain in the draft, but like Tyler, Keldon left the door open to return based on the feedback he receives. They have until May 29 to make that decision.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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50 Comments for Tyler Herro declares for NBA Draft, doesn’t rule out return to Kentucky

  1. Go_Wildcats_Go
    10:42 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Well written and stated by Tyler!

    • Ridge Runner
      10:55 am April 12, 2019 Permalink


  2. Peas and Carrots
    10:45 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Can we expect announcements from Quickly, Baker, EJ, and Nick?

  3. eyebleedblue
    10:51 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    He gone.

    Thanks for a fun year.

    • Nugget01
      11:11 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly. The only part of his game needing work is more consistency with his shot which can happen in the NBA (while getting paid) just as easily as it would in college. In fact, it’ll happen faster in the NBA while being a full-time basketball player with top-level instruction rather than as a part-time player and full time student.

      Good luck, Tyler! You’re a special talent and a helluva lotta fun to watch. I look forward to following your pro career and you’ll thrive since you’re perfectly suited for today’s NBA game. Peace.

  4. az1006
    10:53 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    His statement was one of the more articulate and thoughtful ones I’ve seen made by any player, Kentucky or otherwise. You simply cannot fault the kid. He’s worked his tail off and earned this. And for all those fans that seem to want to make it about themselves, he tells you straight up what his plan is. If he hears what he wants to hear, he’s gone. If he doesn’t, he’ll come back.

    My guess is, we’ve seen Tyler Herro play his last game at Kentucky. Selfishly, I want him to come back simply because I love watching the kid play. But he improved exponentially, and he’s likely played himself into a high pick. He deserves it.

    • livingood4UK
      1:36 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      I agree! Best statement by a player to date…well articulated!

  5. BigBlue4Three
    10:56 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    This can’t be true. I didn’t receive an ESPN alert like I did for every decision made by a Dookie, including Zion’s decision to have 2 orders of scrambled eggs yesterday.

  6. catdaddyd
    11:03 am April 12, 2019 Permalink has Keldon 7th, Tyler 20th, an PJ 24th.

    • Bobbum Man
      11:09 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Lol… I’ll wager every paycheck I’ll ever earn for the rest of my life that Keldon isn’t gonna be a top ten pick… I know ur just relaying but that seems way off from everyone else not to mention he just frankly isn’t that good yet

    • JT919
      11:13 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      I’m with you. Frankly I’d be more willing to bet that PJ and Keldon flip positions there over Keldon being a top 10. Way too much high end wing talent at the top of the draft.

    • natedaddy
      11:34 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Kelvin says he’ll be back if not a lottery pick. If he’s a man of his word, he’ll be back next year cause he sure ain’t gonna get picked in the lottery

    • nocode96
      11:44 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Keldon didn’t say “he’d be back” if he’s not a lottery pick. Read his statement again before spreading lies and calling out someone on being a man of their word. He said his Hope was to be a lottery pick.

    • J. Did
      4:51 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed in that Keldon won’t go top 10.

      He’s got amazing talent, no doubt.

      However, it would serve him well to return.

  7. BigJohnC
    11:11 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    A lot is based on potential anyways

  8. JT919
    11:12 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    I want Herro back just so I can get another good year out of the I’m a bucket t-shirt.

  9. UKBigBlueForever
    11:23 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Does anyone know if Keldon is also signing with an agent? He didn’t really mention it in his announcement did he? I like how upfront Tyler was in his statement, what a great kid. Whatever happens I wish all of them the best. Go Big Blue!

    • nocode96
      11:45 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      He’s not, he didn’t rule out a return.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:52 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      I knew he didn’t rule out a return. I just didn’t know if he was planning on signing with an agent like Tyler.

  10. VirginiaCat
    11:30 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    I have no problem with the logic of Herro’s decision, but as a lifelong UK fan, I am tired of the turnstile nature of our basketball program. It’s hard to build a championship team when the component parts are constantly changing. It’s like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates: From year to year, we don’t know what we are going to get.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:45 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      What about our 2012 team that did win it? Also our 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019 teams weren’t championship contending teams? Seriously?! We are very lucky to have our coach and the players that come through. Once the NBA allows players to go straight to the NBA again maybe you will get what you wish but until then we have to accept that this is going to happen every year.

      I think we get KJ, Tyler, or both back for this upcoming year.

    • nocode96
      11:46 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Well it’s simple then isn’t it? Let’s just recruit really sub par players like Tennessee did, then maybe in 3-4 years we too can lose in the sweet 16. You’re a genius.

    • henderblue
      12:16 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink what nocode96 says. That really says it all.

    • KYCat4EVER
      1:16 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON VirginiaCat…

      Calipari’s first three years at UK were a poster promotion for a successful One-and-Done philosophy; I was quite optimistic about the results until the Nerlans Noel year… and it hasn’t been very convincing since!

      This year we saw “two” testimonials to “stick a fork in the One and Done”…

      A) Auburn, Tennessee, Texas Tech, And Virginia… teams anchored by maturity!
      B) Coach Calipari praising the contribution of Maturity and Leadership from R Travis!

      Of course, Calipari has not won a championship in the past SIX YEARS… and is now sunk to Tubbys level …

      Let’s hope Coach Cal updates his methodology, or retires!

      GO BIG BLUE!

    • DirtyDave
      1:58 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Thankfully you’re not in charge!

    • speaksthetruth
      1:17 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t think any fan likes that these kids come in for one year and leave. We would all love to have four year players that are really good , but this is just the way it is and we need to embrace it and not complain about something that we can’t change.

    • MrPioneer
      1:24 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      KYCat… you’re a blithering idiot. Comparing Cal to Tubby is asinine. Please give me FACTS, not your “wish it were still the 60’s” type opinion. I’ll be here waiting

    • UKBigBlueForever
      1:41 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      KYCat4Ever you are a complete tool. How in the hell can you compare Tubby to Cal? They aren’t even in the same zip code.

      You, VaginaCat, Trashburn, and BigOleBlue need to find another team to troll please.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:48 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      I knew I could count on some more idiotic nonsense from KYCAPSLOCK. Pioneer is right, Tubby made on final four and whether anyone likes it or not, he did it with the players Pitino recruited and trained. He never got to another final four. I’m not saying Tubby wasn’t a good coach, just stating facts. KYCAPALOCK is a nothing more than a Cal hater and VACat is not far behind him.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      1:57 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah! Let’s win a championship every year like Texas Tech does! Great point! Basically you people are saying that by trading one and done for mature teams you are willing to trade a final four run every or every other year for a final four run every four years at best.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:03 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Poor KYCAPSLOCK4EVER doesn’t know Tennessee lost in the sweet 16 with all that maturity. Or maybe he does know and is trying to prove some other moot point.

    • henderblue
      4:19 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Hey KyCatCAPLOCKS…read what nocode96 says about it…it’s pretty simple.

  11. blueballs80
    11:38 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    This reminds me of Shai. He came in and played himself into a lottery pick. Same with Herro. He upped his game and his shot works well at the next level.

  12. StuckinLville
    11:42 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Love this kid but so does the NBA so you might as well get ready for him to leave. I think there’s a better chance Johnson comes back. His stock continued to drop whereas Tyler’s kept climbing.

    • chrislarkey
      12:05 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      yes, he is gone

    • 4everUKblue
      1:49 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty sure you’re the same people who said PJ was done for the season, so no credibility.

  13. BlueAce
    11:50 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Herro is not ready for the next level yet. With his little frame and below average leaping ablilty it’s obvious he needs to hit the weight room to get stronger. Jared Harper was way to fast and strong for herro to compete against. I do like that he shoots 94% from the free throw line but that did not translate to the three point line. He needs to work on becoming a more consistent shooter from behind the arc. With that being said I wish him luck not matter what he chooses to do.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      12:15 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      He can hit the weight room and get stronger by leaving for the NBA. Doesn’t have to focus on anything except basketball at the next level.

    • henderblue
      12:19 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      No one is ever ready as a freshman. None. Zero. They are drafted on potential. He can work on being a more consistent shooter with a nice big fat bank account at his disposal

    • katmandue2you
      1:45 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Poor mike Jordon. Poor majic Johnson. Poor Charles Barkley. Poor King Rex. They’ve all had such terrible lifes. Can you believe they played 3 years of college ball??? What a disgrace!!!!

    • addyjaxlarkin
      12:35 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Herro was a very underrated recruit coming into college. And after his freshman year he is a very overrated NBA draft prospect. #facts he needs to come back to school and get stronger that will make him more ready for what lies ahead.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:10 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      No, I can’t believe that Magic Johnson and Rex Chapman played 3 years of college ball. They didn’t.

  14. makeitstop
    1:22 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Competing against college players, he looked fine physically, though gassed at the end of games where he had to play both ends, and his shot then would not fall. I suspect at the combine they will say go back and beef up and we’ll see u next year in the lottery. He or Keldon come back, and this is going to be a very tough team to beat. There’s no KAT or AD, but the overall quality is close to those years w either of them returning if the rest stay.

  15. VirginiaCat
    1:50 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

    The key to building a championship team is to keep quality players long enough to benefit from their experience and maturity and to develop team chemistry. Cal has has devoted himself to the OAD model most of his 27 years of college coaching and it has yielded one national championship. I don’t mean to denigrate that accomplishment, but given the level of talent and program resources, that is not a great return on investment. Hopefully the death of OAD will force Cal to move in a different direction. In the meantime, the constant player turnover has transformed the program into an exercise in turnstile player management.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:14 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      What does it mean to devote oneself to the OAD model during a time when the OAD rule didn’t exist? You shouldn’t recruit the best talent you can get? Winning titles is hard, especially at places like UMass and Memphis.

    • henderblue
      4:25 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe you should change that t to a v then and become a VirginiaCav. And go to their website…

    • grammarpoliceUK
      6:37 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      OAD will never be done now VC, The NBA will take the top 5-10 high schoolers every year. Then the next 50 or so will have kids who blossom in college and move on. And of the others they will believe they’re ready because they’ve been told by others that they’re talented enough the NBA is their God given right. It’s a money thing now.

  16. jr
    5:57 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Great kid! Excellent basketball player! I’m old school, wish he would come back, but if he is guaranteed first round money by a team go for it! You can’t predict the future!