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Tyler Herro Embraces the Rex Chapman Hype

Before Tyler Herro stepped on campus, Kentucky fans compared him to Rex Chapman.

Comparing white athletes to other white athletes is what people do.  Why that is the case is a question for another day, but it’s reality.  The natural reaction from the KSR crew and Rex was, “pump the brakes.”  Tyler Herro will not let us pump the brakes.

The Wisconsin wing lit up the Bahamas.  He led the Cats in scoring and didn’t do it by living behind the three-point line.  He got buckets off the dribble and was not afraid to dunk on faces.  He’s added to his arsenal since the summer trip.  Thursday Calipari said Herro might be a better defender than Keldon Johnson.

Just when you thought Herro couldn’t do more to impress the Big Blue Nation, he put the hype train in fifth gear at Big Blue Madness.

After losing to Immanuel Quickley but just one in the three-point contest, Herro prepared for the dunk contest with a wardrobe change.  Instead of No. 14, Herro wore a Rex Chapman jersey.  The hysterical crowd was not disappointed.

Rex initially encouraged people to slow their roll on the Herro comparison.  “Comparing white players to only other white players is silly,” Chapman told the Courier-Journal after the Bahamas trip. Last night Chapman was honored to see Herro embrace the King Rex hype.

Herro’s Rex Chapman impersonation was excellent on opening night.  If he can match Chapman’s freshman year production — 16 points per game on 44 percent shooting — it’s going to be a special season in the Bluegrass.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Tyler Herro Embraces the Rex Chapman Hype

  1. henderblue
    1:12 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

    I thought it was an awesome moment. There are a lot of similarities in their style of play and leaping ability . I think it’s more than just comparing white player to white player.

    • DT in DC
      1:30 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

      It’s more than comparing them because he’s white. I think there is an actual physical resemblance.

    • Cletis75
      2:22 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

      I thought it was a great moment too! How awesome would it have been if one of the other guards came out wearing 15 with some goggles? Oh yeah, baby!

  2. Duuuuuude
    1:22 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

    It was a good moment but Rex would have easily knocked down those dunks.

    • henderblue
      1:27 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

      Yes. Rex was maybe a little higher flyer

    • katmandue2you
      12:42 pm October 14, 2018 Permalink

      For those of us that watched Rex it’s definitely true that while Tyler has good jumping ability, he certainly doesn’t have the very exceptional high flying ability of “the boy king”. However in all other aspects their games have great similarities with Tyler seemingly being a better shooter. But I think what makes them most similar is that both are total ballers and total naturals on the hardwood!

    • Underdog
      2:19 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

      Rex could jump higher.

      But Herro is a better outside shooter. I think.

      If so, I’d rather have the better shooter.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:17 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

      Rex was a pretty good 3 point shooter also as I remember.

  3. ukisgr8
    2:00 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

    Ummm, similiar styles of play maybe? Maybe Jamal Murray maybe but a higher point of release on their shots.

  4. kampus korner
    2:19 pm October 13, 2018 Permalink

    Tyler ain’t no Rex Chapman when it comes to leaping ability and dunking. Not even close. However , he may be a more accurate shooter.

  5. rjd4uk
    6:15 pm October 15, 2018 Permalink

    chapman was an excellent shooter. 40% from three, years 86-88. he played high school ball with no 3 pointer and the line wasn’t even fully integrated by the ncaa until 1986. dude’s game was way ahead of his time. most people are either clueless or hate on him nowadays because of the news stories.