Kentucky seems to be losing another player to the NBA draft. Star Guard Tyler Herro took to Twitter to announce his draft decision on Friday, April 12.
The freshman seems to be unsure if he will actually leave Kentucky or not. In the post, he stated: “After talking with my family, Coach Cal and the staff, I’ve decided to test the waters and see where I stand in the NBA Draft process. In order to make the most informed decision possible, but also leave my options open, I will be taking advantage of the new rules allowing my to work with an agent,”
From the looks of it, Herro will go through the NBA scouting process and see where he stacks up against his competition. However, if talent evaluators feel Herro’s game still needs some work, he will go back to Kentucky and continue to develop his game.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari supported Herro’s decision. The coach took to Instagram to voice his opinions.
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I think @nolimitherro is making the best decision for him and his family and using the resources that the NCAA now allows. I’m in full support of Tyler’s decision. What I’m most proud of is how Tyler became not only an efficient offensive player but an efficient defensive player. He’s wired and driven like only a few others I’ve coached. I’ve had an absolute ball coaching him. Whatever he decides to do in the end, I will support.
Kind words from the legendary coach. But, Calipari most likely hopes Herro stays for his sophomore year so the Wildcats can make another run at the championship.
However, it’s hard to imagine a team passing up on Herro’s talents. The Wisconsin native averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Herro also posses NBA size. He is 6’5 which is an ideal height for an NBA shooting guard. However, it Herro’s shooting potential that separates him from the pack. He only shot 35.5 percent from three this past season however, coaches salivate at the sight of his silky smooth jumper. To add to Herro’s case he has a knack for hitting big shots when they are needed.
The NBA draft will take place on Thursday, June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.