By LARRY VAUGHT
How good is Kentucky signee Tyler Herro?
The 6-5 guard from Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis., has a fan in Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek.
“He is the best shooter in the (2018 recruiting) class from beyond the arc (3-point line),” said Peek. “He could be the best pure scorer in the class.
“I saw him in one workout where he did not miss a single shot. He can shoot a 3 like a lay-up. He is just a pure shooter and there are not many of them out there.”
He averaged 32.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game while shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range. He was the top-ranked player in Wisconsin and participated in the USA Junior National Team minicamp. He also played in the Jordan Brand Classic Sunday and will participate in the Nike Hoop Summit.
“I love his jump shot, love his midrange game,” ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi said. “For my money, that’s where he stands out — inside the arc but outside the paint. He has a nice pull up game off the dribble. He has a good 3-point shot but he has a better midrange game.”
Peek also said Herro is more athletic than many believe.
“Any of these top 50 players have to be athletic,” Peek said. “They are playing against great competition and sometimes maybe he didn’t look as athletic if he was guarding (Duke signee) Tre Jones at a USA Basketball workout. But that’s not fair. I think his athleticism is fine and will be fine at Kentucky.”
Herro’s high school coach, Travis Riesop, says getting invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit verify that Herro is more than just a shooter.
“He has done a lot of nice things in his AAU and high school careers to give him the opportunities he has now,” Riesop said. “I don’t think it was selfish for him to want that. You want people to know what you are doing is worthwhile and playing in events like these is special for any player.
“Sometimes we don’t have anybody from our state getting to play in events like these, so that is something pretty cool and something that shows just how good he is.”