The Kentucky Wildcats are poised to land one more 2018 recruit during the fall signing period.
It will almost certainly come in the form of Tyler Herro, who is set to make his college decision Tuesday afternoon.
✍ : Commitment/Signing Day— Tyler Herro (@raf_tyler) November 13, 2017
: Tuesday November 14th
: Whitnall High School library
Open to the public ‼️
Herro recently decommitted from the Wisconsin Badgers, as he wanted to open up his recruitment and see if he was good enough to score offers from the blue-bloods of college basketball.
That came fairly quick after he was offered by Kentucky on October 31st, when he hosted John Calipari and Kenny Payne for an in-home visit.
In addition to Kentucky, he’s also being recruited by Kansas, Oregon, Arizona, Florida and Villanova, among others. But ever since his decommitment, every pick in his 247 Crystal Ball has been for the Cats.
Herro is the No. 36 player in the 2018 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He’s ranked as the No. 4 shooting guard and the No. 2 player in the state of Wisconsin. He has good size for a shooting guard, standing 6-5, 195 lbs.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari visited Tyler Herro on Oct. 30. Herro has also been visited by Kansas, Butler, Oregon and Villanova since decommitting.
Herro took an official visit to Kentucky this past weekend, and it's the only visit he's taken since his commitment. That’s why this is viewed as a layup for Kentucky going into his decision, but what would his commitment mean for the Cats?
We gathered out staff to discuss that very topic, as well as predict where he’ll land.
Tyler Herro may not be as flashy as some of the other commits that Calipari lands every year. He is not a top-10 recruit. He is a name you probably hadn't heard before a month ago. But the kid can play.
In a lot of ways, his game is more complete than many of the players higher on the board than him. Listed as a top-30 guy by most recruiting athletes, Herro can do it all. He can get to the basket off the dribble, he has good court vision and passes the ball well, he is a solid shooter, and he is a capable defender.
Depending on who comes back to Kentucky from this year's squad, I doubt we will see him in the starting lineup as a freshman. But he will be a two, three, maybe four-year guy that will grow and provide much-needed experience.
He would likely be the go-to guy for most programs in the SEC from the get-go, but will be able to develop at UK and hopefully build his game for the next level. Think Darius Miller, but with a Wisconsin accent.
I just realized I have written all of this as if it's a done deal. That's because I think it is. Just one month after decommitting from his home state school of Wisconsin, Herro looks to be all-in on the Wildcats. And his name is actually pronounced the same as "hero," which is just as exciting for me as his on-court production.
In what has already been an extremely successful weekend for Kentucky Basketball could get even more juicy on Tuesday. Tyler Herro makes his decision then and is an extremely talented player. He can shoot the ball with range, and penetrate the basket at will.
If Kentucky were to bring him on, the class immediately goes from good to great. Tyler could play a pivotal role on the team next year (depending on who stays) and he can give this team a bit of a different piece than they’re used to.
With more decisions to be made, Tyler would only make Kentucky’s case stronger for other recruits. You will see Tyler in Kentucky blue next season. The real question is, who else can he bring with him?
Herro to Kentucky almost seems like a foregone conclusion, so any selection other than the Wildcats would come as a surprise. In Herro, the Wildcats will get another guard that can put points on the scoreboard. Herro can score at all three levels and will have to be accounted for at all times by opposing defenses with his ability to catch and shoot.
Even if Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander return for sophomore years, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which Herro wouldn't see significant playing time due to his shooting ability and ability to create off the dribble.
Kentucky's guard depth could be excellent next season, especially if at least one of Green/Alexander return, but the potential exists for both to return. However, a strong guard class coming in could force their hand as well. No matter those circumstances, I think Herro would be a solid option in Kentucky's 2018 class and I fully expect him to choose Kentucky.
John Calipari has made it a point in recent years to add more multi-year players. He’s no longer going with just top 10-20 prospects who have great shots at being one-and-dones. He’s going after more guys ranked in the 30+ range that he can expect to be in college for multiple seasons.
Herro is one of them, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make an impact as a freshman. He’s a great shooter that can also score in a variety of ways. He’d likely be a situational shooter as a freshman in 2018-19, a team that should be absolutely loaded with returning players and incoming star recruits like Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and hopefully Zion Williamson.
But Herro will still find a way to get minutes early, and I see him being a major player for this team as a sophomore in 2019-20. That seems like forever from now, but he has a chance to be a star at the college level by the time he’s a sophomore, so getting him now is a very big deal.
In a whirlwind of a recruitment, Tyler Herro looks to be John Calipari's second commitment in four days. The four-star shooting guard decommitted from Wisconsin and he immediately began trying to get John Calipari to come for an official visit. As soon as that happened and an offer was extended, it was pretty much a wrap. Herro visited UK over the weekend and announced that he would be signing with a school on Tuesday.
With Herro, Cal is getting a fantastic shooter/scorer. He's a versatile 6-5 that is very comfortable out on the perimeter. He can sit at the three point line and knock down jumpers and he's athletic enough to take guys off the dribble and go to the rim. With Keldon Johnson already on board, one would second guess the Herro commitment. But Johnson more than likely will be out on the wing at 6-6 while Herro would be a great backcourt mate to Immanuel Quickley.
A Herro commitment is going to make Kentucky guard heavy in 2018 as Quade Green, Jemarl Baker, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander all may return for a sophomore season. Herro is good enough to clock decent minutes even with the abundance of guards.