Greg Gard will go into 2017 with one of the best recruiting classes in Wisconsin Badgers basketball history. The plan for the Badgers might have been to save one of their scholarships for the class of 2018, when Wisconsin had a strong in-state class and Greenfield (Whitnall) shooting guard Tyler Herro was a highly-touted sophomore hovering around the national Top 50 for 2018.
After he took in the football team dominating Akron, Herro — one of the top prep basketball players in the state — committed to Wisconsin on Monday. He announced his decision via Twitter.
Trying to be like my big bro I guess! ⚪️ #BadgerFamily pic.twitter.com/dQkvM7VExi— Tyler Herro ™ (@raf_tyler) September 12, 2016
The 6’4, 170-pound, Herro was the first offer that Greg Gard made when he was named as interim coach, and it doesn’t even take a cursory glance at a highlight to see why. The consensus four-star prospect is one of the best in the class of 2018 in terms of getting open and creating his own shot. It’s the sort of ability that’s been rare in UW history and a potentially exciting element for the Badgers’ future. While he’s likely going to be a two-guard in college, he does have distributive skills and an ability to hit the open shooter.
Recruiting services rank Herro, who also plays AAU basketball for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, among the top 100 players in the nation:
- 247Sports Composite: No. 55
- 247Sports: No. 92
- ESPN: No. 25
- Rivals: No. 66
- Scout: No. 42
The Badgers beat out a coterie of quality offers to land the services for Herro as well. The top tier included "dream school" Arizona as well as Marquette. He also received offers from Creighton, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue and Xavier among others.
The Badgers have one scholarship to work with over the next two seasons, expect them to focus on the other top uncommitted 2018 in-state prospect in Stevens Point power forward Joey Hauser.