As he left the University of Wisconsin on Saturday following another unofficial visit, Greenfield (WI) Whitnall junior shooting guard Tyler Herro was told by the Badgers coaching staff that he has an open invitation to visit whenever he wanted.
He’s taken that invite literally.
Following the trip to Madison, Herro announced he will be moving up there permanently as a member of the Badgers’ 2018 recruiting class.
“Choosing Wisconsin was a no-brainer for me and my family,” Herro said. “First off playing in front of my family and friends in my home state is something almost every kid grows up dreaming about. My family will be able to drive an hour and a half to my home games and wherever it may be in the Midwest we're playing.”
Herro is the first commit in that recruiting class and continues an impressive recruiting haul for head coach Greg Gard. Since being named the interim head coach last December, and the permanent head coach in March, Gard has landed five recruits, including three four-star prospects that are ranked in the top 100 of the country in their respective classes.
In fact, Herro was the first prospect Gard offered following Bo Ryan’s sudden retirement. Gard’s first game was December 23. Herro got his offer the next day.
“Getting an offer from Wisconsin when you’re from Wisconsin is always nice,” Herro said. “It meant a lot, but I didn’t know if it would be there for long cause I didn’t know if he would get the coaching job. He ended up being the head coach, and ever since then, I think, he went to every one of my games in July.”
While on his unofficial visit Sept.10, Gard told Herro they were going to continue to recruit him hard but “do it professionally.” Herro originally said he wasn’t in a rush to commit unless a campus felt like home. The UW staff helped make it feel that way over the weekend.
“I think we’ve really grown as the process keeps going along,” Herro said. “We played Akron and I didn’t really want to go just for the football game. I knew we were going to win, but I just wanted to hang out with the coaching staff and a build a relationship.”
Wisconsin beat out schools like Arizona, DePaul and Marquette for Herro, all of whom had staffs that told him he was the top player either on their recruiting board or at the guard position. Some of his other offers includes Creighton, Florida, Nebraska and Xavier. He averaged 24.0 on 49.9 percent shooting to lead Whitnall to the WIAA division 2 semifinals. He also shot 82.6 percent from the free throw line and 43 percent from 3-point range.
While Herro is labeled as a shooting guard, Wisconsin sees him as a combo guard who can handle the point guard role in a pinch or even play at small forward.
“Wisconsin says I can play at the 3, the 2 or the 1, so they are really just saying I am versatile and can play any position between those three,” Herro said. “This summer I was really working on ball handling and gaining quickness so I can play the point and guard bigger defenders.”
Having played a ton of basketball over the summer with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the AAU circuit and invited to the Adidas Nations’ event in Los Angeles (invited to roughly the top 80 U18 players in the country), Herro has seen tremendous growth in his game since the end of his junior season.
“Growing up and last summer, a lot of people labeled me as a spot up shooter who can’t dribble or play defense,” Herro said. “I think I’ve expanded on that with my ability to get to the basket, my mid-range game and being able to bring it up the floor.”
“I just like playing and just winning,” Herro added. “That’s my main thing, trying to win.”