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.