The Wisconsin Badgers have their first 2018 commitment and it is a big one. Junior combo guard Tyler Herro is the Badgers first verbal commit for his class following Mondays announcement. Herro took to twitter to announce his decision after an unofficial visit to Madison for a Badgers football game day.
Wisconsin fans are taking note of the recruiting work their head coach is doing. Since taking over for Bo Ryan, Gard has reeled in five commitments including a trio of four stars. His ability to secure recruits in the mid-west and keep players in their own backyards has been the key to his recruiting success.
Of the trio of four stars Gard has pulled in, two hail from Minnesota and Herro from Wisconsin. Herro was joined on campus Saturday by 2018 Illinois prospect Ayo Dosunmu and 2019 Indiana prospect Ethan Brittain-Watts.
Herro is a huge addition moving forward for the Badgers. His rankings vary between recruiting service, though 247Sports considers Herro the 55th best player in the 2018 class and the second best player in the sate of Wisconsin. His offers were littered with notable schools including Indiana, Arizona, Marquette and Xavier. The total list of schools who offered Herro is more than 20 schools long. Proximity to home was a big factor for Herro, who lives only an hour and a half from Madison, WI.
The recruitment of Herro at Wisconsin predates Gard’s tenure as the universities head coach. Gard first scouted Herro last winter when he was still the basketball teams associate head coach. Herro, a high school sophomore at the time, was playing in an AAU game. UW’s interest continued into his high school season, as many other schools began to jump on board. Greg Gard’s first offer as head coach was to Herro.
Greg Gard will enjoy having Herro in his lineup in 2018. He is a versatile scorer who can put the ball in the hole from anywhere on the floor. The term combo guard does not accurately describe Herro. Offensive weapon or front court player would be a more accurate title.
Standing at 6’3” tall, Herro will fit in at either guard position but his shooting ability will allow him to fill in on the wing should the Badgers need a smaller lineup. Herro shot 43 per cent from three during his last most recent high school season.
Herro’s game is scoring and passing. He did average 29 points in his sophomore season but also has an extremely advance feel for the game. His court vision allows him to make flashy passes and balance the stat sheet with some assists. His defensive abilities leave something to be lacked and his footwork could be improved. Still only a junior, Herro has time to add muscle to his 160 pound frame that can help him take on contact around the rim.
Gard will redoubtably continue his pursuit of 2018 prospects. Moving forward, the Badgers will likely attempt to sweep the state of Wisconsin by securing a commitment from 247Sports top player in the state: Joey Hauser. Another in-state four star with big time offers, the Badgers will battle Marquette, Michigan State and Iowa among others for Hauser’s services.
With only one remaining 2018 scholarship at this time, a Herro-Hauser combination would be a recruiting match made in heaven for the University of Wisconsin.