About Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro is a supremely confident shot-maker who can get to his jumper in a variety of ways, hunts scoring opportunities in the open court with great instincts, and plays with a competitive streak defensively. Among the more prolific scorers in Wisconsin prep basketball, Herro proved his mettle as a scorer in a variety of settings finishing his career at Whitnall High School ranked among the consensus top-40 prospects in the high school class of 2018 earning an invitation to the Jordan Brand Classic. Factoring prominently into Kentucky’s rotation, the Wisconsin native had a productive season for John Calipari averaging 14 points and 2.5 assists per game quickly establishing himself as the team’s most valuable shooter and coming up with several clutch shots over the course of the season.
- Possesses nice size for a guard measured at 6’6 in shoes at the NBA Combine, but has a below average 6’3.25 wingspan and a 192-pound frame. Has tightened up his frame since his prep days but has room to get stronger.
- Did much more of his damage by virtue of his swagger and shot making ability than his athleticism last season. Was tasked with scoring in a variety of ways last season: spacing the floor, attacking closeouts, freelancing in transition, and serving as the target for many of Kentucky’s designed actions in the half court. Factored prominently into the Wildcats’ late game strategy with his elite free throw shooting.
- Lacks a degree of strength and length against elite wings defending one-on-one, but compensates with a high effort level. Held his own against several high level scorers by being physical and energetic. Has some room to improve off the ball, but did a nice job chasing shooters against teams the ran a lot of action on the weakside.
- Will scrap on the glass as well doing some little things defensively.
- 2018-19 SEC Newcomer of the Year (media).
- 2018-19 All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team choice.
- Set Kentucky single-season record for free throw percentage (93.5).
- Finished second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and first in three-pointers made (60).
- Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week.
- Voted to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team after hitting a game-winning three-pointer with 25 seconds against Houston in the Sweet 16.
- Helped limit Wofford’s Fletcher Magee, the all-time NCAA leader in threes made, to 0-for-12 from long range in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
- Scored a career-high 29 points vs. Arkansas (Feb. 26).
- Averaged 32.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals as a Senior.
- Played in the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.
- Multidimensional scoring threat with a high basketball IQ.
- Has very good range and overall touch.
- Can make plays off the dribble.
- Has good size and length for his position.
- In March 2018, Kevin Durant reviewed highlights of Herro, then a High School Senior, and other top prospects on his YouTube channel. Durant praised Herro’s “skilled” game.
- Originally committed to Wisconsin.