Since becoming the full time head coach a month ago, Greg Gard has made sure that Greenfield (WI) Whitnall 2018 guard Tyler Herro felt like his top recruiting target. Not only did Gard offer Herro the day after his first game as Wisconsin's head coach, he invited him to one of the Badgers’ biggest home games of the season against No.4 Michigan State Sunday.
“It was obviously great because they came out with the win,” Herro told BadgerNation. “The atmosphere is always great in Madison. They have a young team, but they are playing hard for Coach Gard. I know they want him to get the job, just as every recruit wants him to get the job, too.”
Gard has been watching Herro for some time and liked the 6-2, 185-pound guard. So the day after beating Green Bay in his first game as the program’s interim head coach, Gard extended an offer to Herro on Christmas Eve.
“It surprised me that he was going to offer me so soon,” said Herro. “Obviously there is no guarantee that Coach Gard will get the job, and I hope he does, so I didn’t think he was going to offer anyone. It felt great because Wisconsin is a powerhouse. Wisconsin has a great atmosphere, and I think Coach Gard is doing great over there. I think he’s doing great things, and I hope he keeps progressing forward the rest of the year.”
The three-star Herro also got to spend time in a jovial locker room following the game, getting a chance to talk to Gard and assistant coach Gary Close.
“It was a great locker room,” said Herro. “Guys were going crazy.”
In addition to Wisconsin, Herro holds offers from Creighton, DePaul, Green Bay, Marquette, Milwaukee and San Houston State. The Golden Eagles were the latest offer for Herro, who had been talking to head coach Steve Wojciechowski a few times a week.
“They’re competing hard,” said Herro. “Coach Wojo is turning Marquette into a strong program. I think he’s done a great job over there.”
In no rush with his recruitment, Herro, who plays AAU basketball with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, is currently averaging 24.3 points per game for his high school team, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.9 percent from the free throw line.
“Right now I am focused on the school season and try to get my team to state,” said Herro. “That’s the big goal.”
In the coming weeks, Herro plans to take unofficial visits to Creighton, DePaul and Marquette.