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Wisconsin men’s basketball: Tyler Herro’s impact


Tyler Herro announced on Monday that he would be staying home, committing to Greg Gard and the Wisconsin Badgers.

The four-star recruit who held offers from Arizona, Florida, Purdue, Indiana, and Xavier, gives the Badgers one of the most highly touted recruits in the program’s history, perhaps following only Sam Dekker.

Herro is a 6’4″ guard from Whitnall High School. He averaged 24 points per game and led Whitnall to a state appearance at the Kohl Center. Currently ranked 25th in the ESPN 60, Herro has been rapidly climbing up the rankings.

He is another home grown Wisconsin talent that decided to stay home, following his AAU teammate Kobe King from La Crosse.

Herro follows three 4-star commitments from the 2017 recruiting class, including King, and two commits from Minnesota, Nathan Reuvers and Brad Davison.

Greg Gard has been killing recruiting since taking over, but we shouldn’t overlook the current players on the team and their ability to recruit. Herro called Nigel Hayes his “big brother” in his announcement.

The four highly touted recruits already seem to have plenty of chemistry. The whole gang (Herro, King, Davison, and Reuvers) was tweeting at each other after Herro broke the news.

The Badgers bringing in this much talent is unusual, but even more striking is how goal oriented they are already, before officially setting foot on campus. Herro tweeted “rings” multiple times to his future teammates, alluding to championships (or maybe it was just Drake’s song “Big Rings”).

Badger fans can be hopeful that they bring rings to Madison, but first, Herro could bring something very important along with him to UW.

It wasn’t much of a secret that the Badgers priorities in recruiting were keeping Tyler Herro and Joey Hauser (SPASH) home in Wisconsin. With Herro committed, the Badgers can now focus on Hauser.

Herro could hold a significant role in recruiting Hauser to UW. In fact, it already seems like that is a goal of his.

Hauser is the 36th rated player in the 2018 class, 11 spots behind Herro. Hauser is a 6’7″ forward, who would go along nicely paired with Herro’s deadly shooting ability.

The Badgers have enough talent without Hauser, but if they can reel him in, it’s hard to imagine another program having more talent than Wisconsin in the next few years.

Photo courtesy of Zach Rosen, Sconnie Sports Talk.