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Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson on the feedback they got from the NBA

Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro just wrapped up their appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio, and told Matt that even though they loved their time in Lexington, the information they received from the NBA made it impossible to pass on their dreams.

“I got the feedback from the NBA scouts and it was what I wanted,” Keldon said. “They said that I have a really good chance of going in the lottery. I’ve just gotta stay focused, stay the course, and go out there and perform.”

“Pretty much the same reason as Keldon,” Tyler said. “Just an extra few days to get the feedback from the people that really have a say in what’s going on. I heard what I wanted to hear back. Ten to 25, anywhere in that range, so I’ve really just got to work hard in the workouts and see what happens.”

Tyler wasn’t as highly ranked as Keldon coming in, so it wasn’t immediately certain he’d follow the one-and-done path; however, hours of hard work in the gym paid off, much like another four-star recruit that came to Kentucky.

“You see with Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] last year, just how hard he worked and if you follow guys like that, you can see what it does, a year with the coaching staff and how they develop players. It was just a great time being here and I think the coaches really developed me.”

“It was amazing,” Keldon said of his time in Lexington. “I couldn’t ask for anything better with the coaches and the fans. It’s crazy. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My main thing this year was to live it up and enjoy every bit of it. Even through the ups and downs, just enjoy it.”

We’ll have the audio of their interviews up in just a bit.


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30 Comments for Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson on the feedback they got from the NBA

  1. Kerosenerag
    12:02 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Thanks guys for the memories! Good luck on your future in the NBA. Kinda like being a parent seeing you go. Happy and sad at the same time. BBN loves ya!

  2. natedaddy
    12:08 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t know who they’ve talked with and I’m no NBA scout, but I think when it comes down to draft night, they will both be lucky if they’re picked in the first round. Just my humble opinion.

    • StillBP
      12:16 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      we can revisit this in a couple of months and you’ll likely be eating your humble words.

    • CatfaninCinci
      12:26 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      They talked to ACTUAL SCOUTS who represent ACTUAL TEAMS however Butthurt Nate from Podunk Kentucky thinks they’re making a mistake. I don’t know guys, this is a tough call, can anyone help me?

    • natedaddy
      12:41 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Not “butthurt” at all. Good for them. I just don’t see it.

    • natedaddy
      12:45 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      And if you read my comment, nowhere did I say they were making a mistake.

    • Bobbum Man
      1:48 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Lol… they’ll both be easy first rounders

  3. natedaddy
    12:12 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    It’s also my humble opinion that they should all go pro. Hagans and Montgomery too. Thats why they come to UK. To go pro. Not to go to school or win a championship. I’ll root for them while there’re here. Then they need to go and make room for the next guys.

    • CatfaninCinci
      12:34 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Is Bobby Knight posting as NateDaddy on here?

    • syrin23
      12:49 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      If our entire team declared, in three years time, PJ might be a starter depending on the team he ends up with. Herro will likely be a bench player, but could become a JJ Reddick type if he can shoot consistently. Keldon will be our of the league. Nick and EJ would still be in the league because they will let guys with their size and athleticism develop a bit longer. No one else would be in the league. That is what sucks about us recruiting raw bigs. They never live up to their potential in school. Our smaller players go to pursue a dream while lacking the skills needed to attain that dream. Teams won’t give 6′ 6″ guys years to develop since they are a dime a dozen.

    • Bobbum Man
      1:49 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Slater is that you again?

    • syrin23
      3:44 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Since all you have is name calling, I assume you must agree with every point I make. It’s pretty typical. It’s a sign of intellectual inferiority.

  4. calcat
    12:41 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    You know what makes me mad, so called grown adults getting mad at kids for chasing their dreams. Only reason people want them to come back is for selfish reasons. Anyone on this thread that had a chance to switch jobs and make 3 million a year would do it in a second with no questions asked but these kids do it and every one gets mad. So you all think Johnson or Herro would get mad at you if you chased your dreams.

    • syrin23
      12:59 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      This is the intellectual immaturity we see so rampant here. Here’s the thing. NONE of us would be offered three million on POTENTIAL. It would be based on SKILLS you actually had, and be bases on a proven track record. These guys are leaving hoping to fool their employers into believing they have the skills for the job while learning on the job. You all would be livid if our next coach was some unproven 25 year old coming to UK to “pursue” his dream of being a college coach. Name ONE college kid who isn’t also working to achieve his/her dream? The difference is they don’t get hired for a job they cannot do, then hope they some how get the skill on the job. It’s incredibly short sighted, and may lead to short term gain but long term failure. Keldon is the perfect example. Average size, below average athleticism for an NBA player at his position. Bad defender, below average shooter, and terrible shot selection. His single asset is his constant effort. That is NOT a formula for success. no one watching him play the past two months would say he is an NBA ready player. What team is going to sit around to let him develop? Doron Lamb was MUCH more NBA ready, MUCH more skilled, and didn’t last 3 years. There is a difference between “pursuing” your dreams and playing pretend. If he stuck around and developed actual skills, he would be much better off long term. Plus, you all act like this is their one and only chance. IF you are an NBA player, you will get drafted ANY year. Injuries are rare, and career ending injuries are almost non-existent. Those injuries aren’t going to affect draft status much either. Anyone going to pass on Zion because he rolled his ankle? What if he broke his ankle? Teams still pass on him? Of course not. This is wishful thinking to the long term detriment of these kids.

    • calcat
      1:25 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Can he not develop his skill for the next three years while getting paid and against better competitors

    • calcat
      1:29 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      These kids have skills. They are some of the top recruits in the county.

    • Bobbum Man
      1:52 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Syrin thinks GMs just blindly choose in the draft… not like they’ve had scouts watching the entire season and will continue to workout for teams and show them what they bring

    • syrin23
      3:32 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      You mean like Doron Lamb, marquis Teague, Archie Goodwin, Dakari Johnson, the Harrison twins, Diallo, Kevin Knox, etc. etc. etc.?

    • syrin23
      3:34 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      What skills? Tell me what NBA skills Keldon has? What innate physical attribute does he have that separates him? At least Nick Richards that people love to hate on has physical attributes that few people on the planet have. Keldon does not.

    • ClutchCargo
      5:33 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      syrin seems weirdly butthurt and defensive about this. And maybe someone should point out that young people coming straight out of college are always hired based on potential. That’s how it works. There is no track record, or at best a very limited one that is based on how they did as an intern. But that doesn’t mean they get hired as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company right off the bat, so the 25 year old to replace Cal is a bad argument.

  5. natedaddy
    12:43 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Why do my opinions offend you so much? They’re my opinions that have no bearing on you whatsoever!

  6. dbake
    1:03 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    I know money talks and that seems to be all that matters today, but what I don’t understand is why we don’t see the star players returning to school anymore? Ralph Sampson, Charles Barkley, shaq, even Michael jordan. The list is longer. If you say you love your experience here and has been the best time of your life, why not come back? I know both Keldon and Tyler could if they improve both be locks in the lottery next year. Any thoughts?

    • J-Dub421
      1:09 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Players weren’t allowed to go to the NBA early back then. Otherwise, they would have.

    • dbake
      1:39 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty sure they could. The age requirement didn’t start until 2005. Before that they could go pro. Almost positive they all could have made the jump or left after a year.

    • J-Dub421
      1:52 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Up until the 70’s they had to be 4 years out of high school. In the early 70’s someone sued for violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (Haywood v. the NBA). A few went pro early after that, but most didn’t because there wasn’t much precedent for it. Then from 1995-2005 a bunch did. There were some superstars like Kobe, LeBron, and Garnett, but there were a lot of busts too. The NBA got tired of throwing money at busts and started the one-and-done rule shortly thereafter.

    • Bobbum Man
      1:54 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yah there’s a reason everyone you mentioned is 20+ years ago… the rules changed. And while you do have a point and they could improve slightly to a “guaranteed lottery” they could also suffer a devastating injury and drop off mocks

  7. Le Docteur
    1:11 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Loved these guys and thank them for their efforts at UK. But the minute they start cashing in, like with an autograph tour, they’re stepping into a man’s world and into the marketplace. In that marketplace, they don’t make squat if fans aren’t engaged. Part of the cost of that is, fans get to give whatever opinion, informed or not, they want to give. The kid gloves come off. They can’t be pros and be too delicate for hearing opinions, stupid and smart. Here’s mine: these are boys wanting to play in a man’s league. They are not physically or mentally ready. Maybe they are making the right business decision, although every year, there are more foreign players than anyone counted on taken in the lottery and high first round and the good college players we like because we know them, get pushed down. I predict NO UK player will be in the lottery this year. These two boys better commit to being real live, work on your body and your game all the time, professionals starting NOW. And if they want that life-altering 2nd contract, they better hope for some luck.

    • Bobbum Man
      1:57 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      You could very well be right, I think they’re all fringe lottery guys and I wouldn’t be surprised a bit if none went in the lottery. But you are correct and they’ll have to continue to work hard if they want to improve and get that second deal, I’m sure they understand that and it was part of the thought process. I sure hope so anyhow, can’t imagine Cal didn’t drill that home

  8. Racerr11
    5:25 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    That’s Nate’s No Knowledge of sports opinion….lol

  9. Racerr11
    5:40 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Siren, we have more players in the league than any other college and many stars. Keldon and Tyler will stay in the league. Tyler only had 4 or 5 games where he shot good, most of the year he shot very poorly and definitely needs to improve to Excell in the league. Tyler did do some other things well but if he can do those things well in the league is yet to be seen. He also needs to get much stronger because right now he is limited strength wise compared to the men who play in the league.