Tyler Herro has received a ton of praise for his ability to score the basketball ever since signing with Kentucky.
But as meteoric as his rise gets, this was still unexpected: Bill Raftery compared Herro to NBA legend and all-time Celtics great Larry Bird.
“One freshman that just knows how to play, the Herro kid,” Raftery said. “He’s great without the ball, he’s unselfish, pull-up game, just handles it nicely.
“You throw in those other greats with him like [PJ] Washington, I think is bigger and stronger, knows how to pass it well. So like always Kentucky is going to be in the mix this year. I think John’s got 10 or 11 at some point that he plays.”
Here’s where he compared Herro to Bird:
“He reminds me a little bit of Larry Bird in … his total package,” Raftery said. “I think [Devin] Booker was better coming off screens, but don’t forget, this kid’s going to learn, so. That comparison, if he can stroke it like him, my goodness. What a dimension that’s kid’s [going to bring].”
These comments are from Raftery’s appearance on the Sidelines with Evan Daniels Podcast, which you can listen to here.
Herro led the Wildcats in points in the Bahamas. He was the No. 6 shooting guard in the 2018 recruiting class. Comparing him to one of the all-time greats of the game is quite a bold statement.