For those of you who may have missed it, here at Anonymous Eagle, we pride ourselves on being a website that encourages college athletics recruits to pick the school that is the best choice for them. As such, we’re starting a new feature today to keep ourselves updated on the goings on of Tyler Herro, the dude that 247 Sports tabbed as the best Class of 2018 prospect from the state of Wisconsin and a dude who elected to go to Kentucky Wildcats.
Well, Kentucky made their season debut last night, and as such, so did Herro. The collective did not have a good night, as the #2 ranked Wildcats got run out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis by #4 Duke Blue Devils by a final margin of [retrieves magnifying glass] 118-84. That’s on equivalent halves of 59-42. Duke went up 10 for the first time with just over 14 minutes left in the first half. UK got it back down to 10 at the 13:06 mark (on a pair of free throws by our dude, Tyler Herro), and then it was never closer than 12 the rest of the half. The lead was under 20 for a grand total of 49 seconds in the second half, and that’s it.
Those Duke freshmen might be pretty good at this whole shootyhoops thing.
But we’re not here to talk about them Duke boys. We’re here to talk about the pride and glory of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. First good news: Tyler Herro started! I know, it’s not a rare thing for a freshman to start for John Calipari, but he was tossed right out there into the mix of things and did not even start the game on the bench. Second good news: He led the team in minutes played with 33! Sure, it was in a one-sided asskicking and UK only has 13 total players on their roster, including Brad Calipari who is not expected to play at all this season, but hey: leading in minutes is leading in minutes.
Now that’s where the very good news ends, as Keldon Johnson led UK in scoring with 23 points. However, Herro went for 14 points in his collegiate debut, which, last I checked, is more total points that I’ve ever scored in any college game ever, so shoutout to him for that. He struggled a bit with his shot from deep, going just 1-for-6 from behind the arc, but that means he went 3-for-5 on shots inside the arc. That’s pretty good, especially considering Duke had four guys in the starting lineup that are all taller than the 6’5” Herro.
Herro also made up for his off-shooting night by doing other things on the court. He almost ended up with a double-double in his collegiate debut, hauling in nine rebounds, all coming on the defensive end. That ended up leading the Wildcats on the night, so that’s really good. Herro also topped the UK stat sheet in assists, dishing out five helpers. He swatted two shots as well, giving him a final line of 14/9/5/2.
That’s pretty darn great for a freshman making his first ever college basketball appearance.
Man, imagine how good he could have been playing for your favorite team.
Kentucky returns to action on Friday, November 9th, when they host Southern Illinois at Rupp Arena to kick off a seven game homestand. Should be a good showcase for Tyler Herro’s skills and abilities.