As of right now, Kentucky only has one 2018 basketball signee that was not selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game: Tyler Herro.
Herro is a five-star shooting guard that averaged 32.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game his senior season. His points jumped up to 36.5 per game after he was snubbed for the McDonald’s All-American Game.
During the festivities surrounding the game, several top prospects had great things to say about Herro to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.
The top uncommitted recruit in the nation, Romeo Langford, pointed out that there is more to Herro than meets the eye.
“He’s not one-dimensional like people might think he is -- ‘just a shooter,’” Langford said. “He’s not just a shooter.”
While it has become clear that he is more than a shooter, make no mistake that he is a good shooter. During his last season of high school basketball, Herro shot over 43% from behind the three-point line.
Of course the most important opinions about Tyler Herro are those of the Kentucky signees.
“Tyler’s a really good player,” said Immanuel Quickley. “He can shoot it, can defend.
“That’s a point guard’s dream.”
One theme that came up throughout the comments was Herro’s toughness, which this year’s Kentucky team was often criticized for not having enough of.
Herro showed his toughness by the way he responded to being left off of the list of elite players selected for the McDonald’s game. He kept his head down, worked hard, improved his game, and dominated the competition.
Perhaps the biggest compliment to Herro’s toughness came from arguably the toughest guy at the game this year, UK signee Keldon Johnson.
“Great player,” Johnson said of Herro. “Can create his own shot. And he’s tough. He’s just tough.”
Already knowing how good of a scorer Tyler Herro has proven himself to be, that is exactly what Kentucky fans need to hear.