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Zion Williamson says Tyler Herro is the most underrated recruit in the nation

This weekend at the Jordan Brand Classic, Tyler Herro had his first opportunity to compete against some of the best competition in the nation on the big stage.

And he exceeded expectations.

NBA scouts and executives were in attendance, celebrities came out to watch, and the Big Blue Nation kept a close watch on ESPN2, where Herro scored 13 points on 5-9 shooting, five rebounds, and five assists.

After lighting up the competition all weekend long, five-star phenom and Duke commit Zion Williamson had high praise for the future Wildcat.

Tyler is the most underrated player in our class,” he said. “He’s a very smooth and skilled scorer, and I feel like it goes unnoticed at times.”

Keldon Johnson agrees.

“Buckets,” Johnson said when asked about what Herro brings to the table. “A lot of people overlook him. He didn’t make the McDonald’s game. He’s a great player, but he’s an even better teammate.”

Herro said he appreciates the high praise, but he’s going do whatever it takes to continue to prove his doubters wrong.

“Right now, Zion is one of the best players in the country. For him to say that, I really appreciate that. But I’m going to continue to work every day and get better each and every day,” Herro said.

When it comes to Kentucky’s other two commitments, Johnson and Immanuel Quickley, Williamson said the Big Blue Nation got two dogs that won’t stop fighting until the final buzzer.

“Immanuel (Quickley), I became really close with him this past summer,” Williamson said. “Him and Keldon share this trait of being a dog, no matter who they play against. It doesn’t matter what the scouting report says, they’re going to come out there, and they’re not going to allow anyone to bully them or walk over them. They’re always going to fight until the very end.”

As a whole, Williamson feels Kentucky has something special with their latest batch of recruits.

“With those three, (Kentucky) has the chance to do something very special,” he said.

Kentucky will take on Duke to open the season on November 6 in Indianapolis, and Williamson knows it isn’t going to be easy to walk out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a victory.

“It’s going to be a very challenging game,” Williamson said. “We’re freshmen. We’re going in there with the expectations of national championship or bust. We have the expectation of, if we lose, we’re not good. If we don’t win the national championship, we’re not good. Going into this Kentucky game, it’s going to be a lot of expectations, but that’s why I chose Duke.”

Here’s everything Williamson had to say:

I think the Cats got a good one.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

21 Comments for Zion Williamson says Tyler Herro is the most underrated recruit in the nation

  1. Rixter
    8:35 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    Whomever had the idea to put the numbers sideways should be fired tonight, and not allowed to work again.

  2. chris43
    8:36 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    Ah screw Zion! Why do we care what some Duke player says?!?

    • IAmTheDanger
      8:46 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

      Agree….really didn’t like how this kid handled his recruiting and his announcement. He is now the enemy.

    • BBNDan7
      9:17 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

      Iamthedanger; well it wasn’t your recruitment or announcement so why does that matter.

  3. Mathlete
    8:52 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    Back off Zion, he’s ours.

  4. plumloopy
    9:03 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    We can spin this anyway we like, but we’ve had four recent MVPs: Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, Julius Randle, and Anthony Davis. While I can’t find a box score, neither UK signee was even mentioned in the articles I read about the game. Plenty of Duke and NC signees, and LSU signee williams scored 44 points. Yay.

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      11:20 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

      John Wall scored 8 points in the Jordan game, these highschool allstar games mean absolutely nothing with how they are played

  5. cosmic_cats
    9:08 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    Drew told me that his name was pronounced hero. I think he was lying unfortunately.

    • Matteo
      9:13 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

      Nah it’s actually pronounced like hero

    • BBNDan7
      9:18 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

      Didn’t watch the video obviously lol

  6. Perry1987
    9:11 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    From my observations of Zion throughout his televised highschool games and the mcdonalds all american game, his ranking and hype are all based on his highlight reels and due to him being a great athlete. In the Mcdonalds game he was guarded by North Carolina commit, Nassir Little and was shut down offensively.Missed shot after shot and some were way off. Zion cannot create his own shot, not very good in the pick and roll, lacks a decent mid to long range jumper. Granted he has an amazing gift of being freakishly athletic, thats all ive observed that he brings to the table.
    Hes also around 240-250lbs, which is in my opinion why he looked so good against subpar and mediocre in state competition in South Carolina. I dont believe he will be able to dominate the college ranks with his weight as he did with highschool players. Over rated in my opinion, and him commiting here only pushes the likes of Pj and Jarred out the door to soon. I honestly feel were better off without him.

  7. Dowser
    9:20 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    Good take Perry…

  8. BBN in H-Town
    11:07 pm April 8, 2018 Permalink

    “…but that’s why I chose Duke.” Ummm because you want to be yet another Blue Devil one-and-dud who gets to the NBA and fizzles out? Best of luck to you, but history tells us Coach Kvxywueiwski is not the best choice for people in your position. #Okafor2.0?

  9. Smyrna_Cat
    12:17 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Why are KY “writers” interviewing Duke signees? Do we really care what they think?

    • TonyMontana
      12:28 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

      Well he was a former Kentucky recruit. In fact one of the biggest Kentucky Targets in years. You see… KSR covers recruits, so its only logical to continue talking about a recruit even if he goes with another team. Furthermore our first game next year is against Duke. So, interviewing one of our major former recruits who happens to play for Duke who is talking about our players. Well, imo it’s a perfect fit for this website. But… I always like hearing about former recruits no matter where they go. I have noticed it makes alot of people mad, but they still interest me. Of course I am mad as hell they didnt choose UK, but we cant get them all.

    • chris43
      6:11 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t mind them keeping up with recruits but I mean come on….he plays for DUKE….enough said….??????

  10. runningunnin.454
    7:42 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    How about the other players clearing out so the Puke recruit and the UNCheat recruit could go one-on-one the last two minutes; wasn’t that cute?

  11. Ben27
    8:08 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    “Going into this Kentucky game, it is going to be a lot of expectations, but that’s why I chose Duke” What does Zion mean by this? To me he does not have a lot of confidence in his game, so he went to Duke surrounding himself with better talent. He mentioned Kentucky recruits being dogs that will never give up and fight to the death.

    Duke is loading up with freakish athletes, who may or may not be able to score on their own. I like Cal changing to more scorers than freakish athletes who have trouble scoring and playing together. Should be a fun year ahead, starting November 6, 2018.

  12. mgilkey13
    1:20 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve talked to so many people from Wisconsin, and even areas like Chicago and Michigan – that have raved about how talented and underrated Tyler Herro is. He is a “buzz” athlete, very well known big deal up there and they all say we got a gem. I hope they are right and he’s another diamond in the rough like SGA. And I love that he has a chip on his shoulder unlike some of these other guys who may think they have less to prove in college.