A slight ankle injury will keep Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro from participating in the Rising Stars Challenge during the upcoming 2020 NBA All-Star weekend. In his place, Cleveland Cavaliers second-year guard Collin Sexton will take his spot.
NBA Rising Stars roster update: Cleveland’s Collin Sexton is replacing Miami’s Tyler Herro on the U.S. team.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 11, 2020
Herro is one of three former Wildcats that were named to the Rising Stars game, joining Charlotte’s P.J. Washington Jr. and Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Herro and Washington are members of the USA squad while SGA will suit up for World roster. The challenge takes the best, young players born in the United States and teams them up against the top young talent born across the globe in a showcase of the league’s basketball diversity. Herro’s impressive rookie season made him an easy choice for Team USA.
In 46 games this year, the former ‘Cat is averaging 13.1 points and 4.0 rebounds on shooting splits of 41.4/39.3/83.5 while leading all rookies in three-pointers made. However, he’s sat out the previous four games for Miami due to a nagging foot problem. He initially suffered the injury back on Feb. 3 in a 31-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers and has been battling it ever since.
There is still an incentive to watch this event, with two exciting Wildcats still in the mix, but it would have been awesome to watch all three play at the same time. The Rising Stars game will tipoff at 9 p.m. this Friday on TNT.
Herro doesn’t seem too happy about the decision, either.
— Tyler Herro (@raf_tyler) February 11, 2020