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Tyler Herro gets five-star bump in new ESPN rankings

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ESPN Recruiting released its new rankings for the 2018 high school basketball class on Monday, and one of Kentucky’s three signees earned a new star by his name.

Tyler Herro, the shooting guard out of Wisconsin, got bumped up to a five-star prospect in the new update. Herro climbed two spots from No. 27 to No. 25 overall, but remained the fourth-best shooting guard of the group.

Keldon Johnson is the highest ranked recruit in Kentucky’s class, coming in at No. 6 in the rankings; while Immanuel Quickley climbed from No. 19 to No. 17 and is considered the third-best point guard.

Duke’s R.J. Barrett, Zion Willamson and Cameron Reddish are the top three players in the class.



R.J. Barrett





Zion Williamson





Cam Reddish





Bol Bol





Romeo Langford





Keldon Johnson





Anfernee Simons





Quentin Grimes





Darius Bazley





Nassir Little




See the entire list here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Tyler Herro gets five-star bump in new ESPN rankings

  1. az1006
    12:08 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    Aside from Duke, we’re the only school in the country with 3 players in the top 25. Man…Cal is really tanking on the recruiting trail.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:44 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      Comparingly so yeah he kinda is. He has been top 2 every year.

    • FACTS
      3:18 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      The thing is is that Cal isn’t having these guys stay for 3 to 4 years which is not a problem. I mean it would help if they did, but it is fine. Since Cal isn’t having guys stay for that many years, he really should be dominating the recruitment of players every year. I mean come on he couldn’t get trae young this year which would have made our team more of a NC contender. He couldn’t get R.J barret, Cameron Reddish, Zion, or even Bol Bol. He lost the top 3 recruits ALL to Duke. Now if your ok with that then your not a UofK fan. Even if he would have just gotten one of them it could have changed our team tremendously. On a positive note, the three players Cal did recruit can all shoot the ball so we shouldn’t have to worry about making shots from behind the arc.

    • az1006
      4:34 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      There’s a different in being “ok” with it and not losing my mind because of it. I don’t disagree that if he had gotten one of those guys it would have been a huge boost, but it also doesn’t mean we won’t be a competitor. What if none of the current roster leaves? I don’t care what draft projections say…Not a single guy on the team is ready for the NBA. It may not matter, and they may go ahead and go, but I’d say Knox and Diallo are the only ones that will leave after this season. If everyone comes back, plus this class, we’ll be in an outstanding position heading into next season. If not, Cal will have to figure something out. But that’s why he makes the big bucks.

      Of note, Duke will be one of the youngest teams in the country next year. We’ll see how things play out. As we all know, getting all those top guys at once doesn’t necessarily equate into championships (see Duke last season).

    • Luether
      10:09 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      Rivals still has Herro at 4 stars and projected as the 35th best player…

  2. Mc12
    12:23 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    I understand the positionless approach Cal took during recruiting, especially for defense, but at the end of the day, you need guys that can consistently knock down 3’s or shoot in general. Hopefully Herro can do that.

    For Duke, I think it would be funny if Adam Silver made the one-and-done rule effective immediately before the upcoming draft.

    • mm40
      12:54 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      I think Cal was counting on Baker to fill the shooter void, but his knee surgery put him out for the year.

    • GM1978
      7:42 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely……Baker was the best outside threat in this class too

    • Luether
      10:10 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      Just hope Cal doesn’t Jon Hood Herro…

  3. david8577
    12:50 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    The only surprise here is how long it took Duke to catch on, or maybe how long it took to finally set aside their academic standards for athletics.

    • RealCatsFan
      1:22 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      The fact that the NCAA gave UNCheat a pass for their fake classes completely opened the door for dook to do the same.

  4. KYjellyRoll
    12:57 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t see those top 3 splitting the spotlight…

  5. BIGTUK96
    2:49 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    Not to be negative but Quickley actually fell 5 spots from #12 to #17

  6. Cletis75
    8:40 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone know why we aren’t recruiting the Simons kid at number 7. I know we have Baker and herro coming in, but with our luck with injuries, can you ever really have enough good shooters?

    • Peas and Carrots
      10:50 am January 23, 2018 Permalink

      Simmons doesn’t want to go to college. I think he’ll be 19 for the draft and said he will try for the NBA or overseas.