2019 NBA Draft Profile: Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro is a supremely confident shot-maker who can get to his jumper in a variety of ways, hunts scoring opportunities in the open court with great instincts, and plays with a competitive streak defensively. Among the more prolific scorers in Wisconsin prep basketball, Herro proved his mettle as a scorer in a variety of settings finishing his career at Whitnall High School ranked among the consensus top-40 prospects in the high school class of 2018 earning an invitation to the Jordan Brand Classic. Factoring prominently into Kentucky’s rotation, the Wisconsin native had a productive season for John Calipari averaging 14 points and 2.5 assists per game quickly establishing himself as the team’s most valuable shooter and coming up with several clutch shots over the course of the season.
- Possesses nice size for a guard measured at 6’6 in shoes at the NBA Combine, but has a below average 6’3.25 wingspan and a 192-pound frame. Has tightened up his frame since his prep days but has room to get stronger.
- Did much more of his damage by virtue of his swagger and shot making ability than his athleticism last season. Was tasked with scoring in a variety of ways last season: spacing the floor, attacking closeouts, freelancing in transition, and serving as the target for many of Kentucky’s designed actions in the half court. Factored prominently into the Wildcats’ late game strategy with his elite free throw shooting.
- Did the majority of his scoring from the perimeter last season, but is more than just a set shooter. 77% of his shots in the half court are jump shots - split almost evenly between catch and shoot and pull-up attempts. Has significant talent as a natural shot maker taking and making almost as many jumpers from the mid-range as he does from beyond the arc. Very smooth getting into his shot. Scored 0.982 points per jump shot in the half court [63rd percentile] posting almost identical efficiency numbers off the catch and off one or two dribbles this season. Shot the ball far better off the catch in Spot Up situations than on the move, however.
- Also found quite a bit of success in Transition getting 26% of his possessions in the open floor where he scored 1.275 points per Transition possession [87th percentile]. Runs the wing hard. Takes what the defense gives him around the rim, can make some creative plays attacking defenders with Eurosteps, and does not lose his accuracy when he rises and fires from three on the run. Does not force much in the open floor with much of his efficiency resulting from a combination of aggressiveness and instincts.
- Does not force much offense to the rim in the half court or create a lot of offense for himself in the half court one-on-one. Scored 0.98 points per shot around the rim in the half court [26th percentile] possessing room to grow as a finisher. Has nice touch on his floater, but is still learning how to pick and choose his spots effectively in close.
- Likes to look for his own offense, but moves the ball willingly on the perimeter. Understands how to make reads and has some ability as a passer.
- Ranked 4th in the ACC in Hand Off scoring (1.0 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the ACC in Isolation scoring (1.4 ppg)
- Lacks a degree of strength and length against elite wings defending one-on-one, but compensates with a high effort level. Held his own against several high level scorers by being physical and energetic. Has some room to improve off the ball, but did a nice job chasing shooters against teams the ran a lot of action on the weakside.
- Will scrap on the glass as well doing some little things defensively.