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Tyler Herro: Leaving Kentucky Was “Definitely Harder Than Decommitting from Wisconsin”

The college basketball season ended just four months ago, but it’s amazing how quickly things can change in such a short amount of time.

That’s especially the case for Tyler Herro.

Since the college basketball season ended, it’s been a whirlwind for Herro, who has gone from a guy projected to go “somewhere in the first round of the NBA Draft” to “lottery pick.” Once he was selected by the Miami Heat at No. 13 overall, he was one of the breakout stars of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

And after a spectacular Summer League, Herro joined KSR’s Aaron Torres Sports Podcast to discuss everything that happened at Kentucky, as well as everything that has happened since.

The interview is wide-ranging, but maybe the most interesting subject they hit on was Herro’s departure from Kentucky.

When asked if it was a difficult decision to Lexington for the NBA Draft, Herro didn’t hesitate: It absolutely was. He also wasn’t afraid to throw a little shade at a certain, umm, other school.

“It was probably one of the hardest decisions [I’ve ever made],” Herro said. “It was definitely harder than decommitting from Wisconsin.”

From there Torres and Herro hit on a number of different topics pertaining to last season with the Wildcats. They discussed Herro’s favorite memories at the school, his best games and how playing at Kentucky prepared him for the NBA Draft. In a comment that has been made by many former players, Herro believes that the opportunity to play against other elite players every day in practice is what allowed him to not only get to the next level, but have early success there this summer.

“Me and Keldon [Johnson] used to play one-on-one every day before and after practice,” Herro said. He’s one of the best wings in the country, he’s making me better, I’m making him better every single day.”

Finally, Herro gave a bit of a scouting report on what fans should expect from next year. With Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery, Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards back in Lexington for another season, Herro believes the Wildcats are in for a big 2019-2020 campaign.

“Ashton, I’m hoping he’s going to be one of the best, if not the best point guard in the country next year,” Herro said. “He’s putting in a lot of work right now.”

He continued.

“The rest of the guys, EJ, Nick, Immanuel, it’s scary what they can do for how many guys they’ve got returning and talented they were last year to see them coming back.”

To listen to Herro’s full interview with Torres, click here.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”