After drafting Bam Adebayo back in 2017, it’s no secret that Miami Heat President Pat Riley has been looking to add another Kentucky Wildcat to his roster. Last night, Miami selected Tyler Herro at No. 13, and in a press conference afterwards, Riley called Herro the “perfect pick” for the Heat.
“We’re excited about him. And we need him, so this is a perfect pick for us,” Riley said. “Obviously, I think most of you know and have written, honestly and truthfully, that we do need shooting. We have lost some of our perimeter players over the last year, and Tyler had just an incredible workout with us, great interview. I saw him in three or four tournament games, and [I was] just really impressed with his overall game.”
Riley couldn’t stop raving about how well Tyler did in his pre-draft workout, telling reporters that he made 25 threes in a row in a shooting drill, which is almost unheard of.
“In one of our workouts, we have one particular shooting drill that not one of our guards in all the years that we’ve brought them in for workouts even came close to what he did. And it usually takes the Ray Allens of the world and the Wayne Ellingtons of the world…it’s a challenging three-point shooting drill, and he just buried it. He really did. I think he made his last 25 in a row or something like that…it was just a great workout he had. ”
When will we see Herro on the court? Riley didn’t make any promises, but said the opportunity is there for the taking.
“We feel…that he has an opportunity to play immediately for us, so it’s going to be up to him, it’s going to take lot of hard work, but I’ve never met a more enthusiastic guy when he was here for the workout, when we interviewed him. He’s just right on with his attitude and his approach and how much he wants to be a professional. And he really is excited to be here, too, so we’re happy to have him.”
"We're excited. Really excited about Tyler… we made a great pick today."
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) June 21, 2019