Committed Over: Greenfield (WI) Whitnall shooting guard Tyler Herro committed to Wisconsin over offers from Arizona, Creighton, DePaul, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Marquette, Nebraska, Purdue and Xavier, among others.
Scouting Report: One of the best pure scorers in the class, Herro has excelled all throughout his early high school career. A kid with a big time ability to shoot the basketball, Herro can also get to the rim some and is good in the mid-range. He is capable of scoring on three levels and is creative once he gets the ball in the lane. Herro also is a solid rebounder not necessarily because of his strength and size, but because of his instincts. Herro needs to continue to work on the defensive end, but he has the unique ability to put the ball in the basket and has been one of the consistently more productive players in the class of 2018.
Recruiting Impact: Huge. With Wisconsin wrapping up its 2017 class in August with the commitment of Brad Davison, Badgers head coach Greg Gard and associate head coach Lamont Paris put all their focus on Herro. With that decision done, that attention now turns to Stevens Point (WI) power forward/center Joey Hauser.
As good as Herro is, Hauser has always felt like Gard’s top desire in the class, although both could be labeled 1A and 1B. The 6-8 Hauser is an early five-star prospect and the No.13 overall in the country. Many have him leaning towards Marquette because his older brother, Sam Hauser, will be an incoming freshman in the fall. The Hauser clan maintains that is not the case and that Joey’s commitment will be independent of Sam’s. If that is truly the case, that’s good news for Wisconsin.
“Growing up they were my dream school when I was younger,” Hauser said of the Badgers. “It’s the state school. Everyone loves Wisconsin and I love what coach Gard is doing. Now that I know that coach Gard is going to be there instead of maybe Bo Ryan or somebody else, I really like that.”
Should Wisconsin miss on Hauser, Paris and the Badgers have been actively recruiting Atlanta Pace Academy forward Isaiah Kelly. UW offered him last July and Kelly has taken a couple of unofficial visits to Wisconsin. The key is the Badgers now only have one available scholarship for the class, so unless an underclassmen leaves, the Badgers can’t take both players, and UW will likely wait for Hauser to decide before making any other decisions.
Considering Herro is a combo guard, it’s fair to say UW won’t get too involved with Chicago Morgan Park five-star point guard Ayo Dosunmo, who just took an unofficial to campus this past weekend.
Quotable: “Coming into Wisconsin as a freshman I think I'll be able to help with whatever that may need. Pushing guys on during practice most importantly but also by my versatility. Coaches tell me I can play either the one, two, or three during my time at Wisconsin. I know the coaching staff will be able to push me and make me better on and off the court.” – Tyler Herro
Final Thought: Fully prepared to take his time with his recruitment, Herro became just the third recruit ranked among the top 50 players in the 2018 class to make a verbal pledge. Why? He felt comfortable and connected with the Wisconsin coaching staff. UW may not have always recruited him the hardest (DePaul was on him aggressively), but the Badgers could make a strong sale’s pitch that staying close to home was a terrific option. He said he came to his decision on Saturday following an unofficial visit to the school.
Although the Badgers have added three guards in the previous two recruiting cycles, Herro is a perfect blend with the group. He averaged 24 points as sophomore and averaged a double-double (27.5 points, 11.5 rebounds) during the final July evaluation period. He has the ability to carry the scoring load or sit back and feed the ball to the hot hand.
The big thing with Herro is strength, as his listed weight of 165 pounds is incredibly lean for the No.2 or No.3 spots. Adding weight will help prevent him from being bumped off the dribble and allow him to better fight through traffic, gain separation with or without the ball and win those 50-50 rebounds at the rim.
Regardless, this is a tremendous prospect for Wisconsin to land early in the recruiting process. It draws similar comparisons to Bronson Koenig, a four-star in-state guard prospect who committed more than a year early with many top options. UW sold the opportunity to play with Koenig to a number of recruits, including high three-star Nigel Hayes. With only one scholarship left, UW can sell Herro to Hauser, the last piece to what could be a tremendous future rotation.