Future Watch: Tyler Herro Rookie Basketball Cards, Heat – The Miami Heat basketball culture is unique. Team President Pat Riley and coach Eric Spoelstra have created an environment that values winning and conditioning over all else. There is no tanking. Players do not arrive hoping to get in shape on the court. They are expected to be in peak condition the second they take the floor. While the team hasn’t had much success since the departure of the “big three”, the Heat have not been a doormat in the Eastern Conference. A win against the Heat has never been easy. Now, they head into this season with expectations of finishing as a top five team in the East. First round pick Tyler Herro can be a solid contributor for the Heat as they work their way back to NBA dominance.
Herro was born January 20th, 2000 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wisconsin. As a senior, he was named First Team All-State with per game averages of 32.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals. Over his high school career, he scored over 2,000 points. Herro was rated as a four star college recruit from Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN. He initially committed to the University of Wisconsin but he would change his mind and chose to attend the University of Kentucky.
In his freshman season for the Wildcats, Herro averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He was the only player to start in all 37 games. He scored his collegiate career high with 29 points in a 70-66 win over Arkansas on February 27th, 2019. His 93.5% free throw percentage set a single season Wildcats record. Herro earned All-Freshman First Team honors from Basketball Times and was named SEC Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. After the season, he declared himself eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Tyler Herro is a tremendous shooter with the ability to get his shot off in a variety of ways. He can catch and shoot, but he can also use his handle to get to his jumper in one-on-one situations. He is an elite free throw shooter, which made him a go-to player for the Wildcats in late game situations. He stands 6’6” in shoes which is solid for a shooting guard. His 6’3.25” wingspan was considered below average by scouts who wondered if he would have trouble holding his own defending NBA guards. Regardless of that, Herro’s shooting ability made him a lock as a mid-round pick. On draft night, Miami selected Herro in the first round with the 13th overall pick.
Through six games this season, Herro has drawn three starts and is fourth on the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game. Among rookies, he’s fifth in scoring, fourth in rebounds and sixth in assists. He’s playing with extreme confidence in a system that won’t ask him to be a primary creator. With Jimmy Butler dominating most of the ball handling, Herro can get to spots on the floor where his shot is most effective. He doesn’t need a high usage rate to be effective and contribute to Miami’s winning culture. He’ll be a solid part of the Heat’s rotation for many years to come.
If you’re a Heat fan, Herro’s cards are worth a spot in your collection. It’s fun to collect your team’s first round pick and root for them to have success as a rookie. He has the ability to make big shots and will most certainly get looks in late game situations when the team needs a bucket from deep. His highlight reel plays will be clutch shots from behind the arc. Herro will probably fly under the radar for collectors on a national level until he hits a few big shots in the playoffs.
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Kentucky fans are already collecting Herro in his Wildcats jersey in 2019-20 Contenders and Prizm Draft Picks. Look for Herro in his Miami Heat uniform in 2019-20 Hoops, in stores this week. On the horizon, collectors can expect to find him in all of this year’s NBA sets from Panini including Certified, Absolute Memorabilia, Contenders and many more. Herro also has autographs in Upper Deck’s 2019 Goodwin Champions.
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