With the 13th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat selected Tyler Herro. The Miami Heat’s first round pick was the starting shooting guard for the Kentucky Wildcats. Herro was a freshman and one of the top recruits coming out of high school. One of Miami’s biggest needs was shooting and they answered that with the selection of Tyler Herro. Even though the Heat had other top players available like Nassir Little out of North Carolina and Sekou Doumbouya out of France, Tyler Herro was the Heat’s first round selection. Here is a little more information of the Miami Heat’s 2019 first round pick.
High School and Collegiate Career
Tyler Herro was one of the top basketball players in the country coming out of high school. On ESPN, Herro was the 30th ranked recruit in the country and the fourth ranked power forward in the country. Tyler Herro was also the #1 ranked basketball recruit in Wisconsin. He played high school basketball out of Whitnall High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During his recruitment, Tyler Herro received 16 offers from top programs like Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Marquette and Wisconsin. The 6’5” shooting guard signed with the Kentucky Wildcats as he was originally committed to the Wisconsin Badgers.
At Kentucky, Tyler Herro was the starting shooting guard for the Wildcats. In freshman season, Tyler Herro averaged 14 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. Bam Adebayo finished second in points per game behind PJ Washington. He did lead the Wildcats in free throw percentage (93.5%) which is a school record at Kentucky. On February 26th, Herro dropped 29 points and shot 90% against the Arizona Razorbacks. In the Sweet 16 against the Houston Cougars, Herro scored 19 points and grabbed three rebounds in the 62-58 win.
While watching Bam Adebayo play, the first thing that jumps out at you is his shooting ability. Herro stands at 6’5” and weighs 192 pounds which is pretty decent size for a shooting guard. The Kentucky guard does most of his damage from the three point line and defense. On offense, he’s a sharp shooter that can contribute immediately off the bench. Herro also does a great job of drawing contact and getting to the line. He also has nice handles and create space with his handles and quickness. Herro will likely play off the ball and spread the floor. The Heat struggled shooting for most of the season so, Herro could be a lot of help with open looks from behind the arch.
On defense, Tyler Herro is a solid defender that likes to compete. He’s got very good footwork and is also very quick which makes it tough to get past him. Herro is a better man to man defender since he likes to focus on his man rather than the ball. Tyler Herro is very confident in his abilities and believes that can make a real impact for the Miami Heat. Welcome to the Miami Heat Tyler Herro!