Tyler Herro
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Tyler Herro has come into the bubble and made quite a bit of noise for The Miami Heat. Miami drafted the 20-year-old out of the University of Kentucky in 2019 with the 13th pick.

In his senior year of high school, Herro made Wisconsin All-State First Team while averaging 32.9 points per game. He averaged over 50% from the floor and 43% from behind the arc. Herro was ranked as a four-star commit by 247Sports, Rival, and ESPN. 

After visiting and meeting with the coaches several times, Herro committed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison during his junior year. The University of Kentucky got word of this and head coach John Calipari went to Wisconsin to see Herro play. After being offered a scholarship to Kentucky and visiting the campus, Herro de-committed from Wisconsin in October 2017 and committed to Kentucky in November. 

At Kentucky, he averaged 14 points per game and was the only player to start all 37 regular-season games. In April of his freshman year, he declared for the 2019 NBA draft and was predicted as a mid-first-round pick by almost every mock draft.

Despite being only 20 years old, he’s become the go-to point guard for the Heat this season. After bringing down the Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks to go to the Eastern Conference Finals, Tyler Herro became the first player born in the 2000s to reach the Conference Finals. 

Long time NBA veteran Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo had nothing but good things to say about Herro and his rookie season.  

“We threw him in the fire on day one. First day of pickups, we made him guard Jimmy…We wanted to see how he’d react. He didn’t shy away from it,”

Adebayo on Herro’s first practice with the team

Herro has contributed immensely to the Heats success this postseason, averaging 20 points per game and 3.9 assists. 

Game 1 of the NBA finals will be Wednesday, September 30th where Tyler Herro and The Heat will take on LeBron James and The Lakers.