Tuesday night brought a big loss for Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball.
Four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro from Greenfield, Wis. (Whitnall) announced his decommitment from Wisconsin via Twitter in order to reopen his recruitment. Herro committed to the Badgers in September 2016 amid significant fanfare. At the time, B5Q’s Andrew Rosin wrote:
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.
The 6’4, 170-pound Herro is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals, who rank him the No. 36 and No. 38 prospect in the class of 2018. He is also an ESPN 100 prospect, as that outlet ranks him No. 27. When he committed to Wisconsin last year, he did so while holding offers from “dream school” Arizona and Marquette, as well as Creighton, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, Xavier, and others.
Herro will likely be a two-guard in college, though he does have strong passing skills and the ability to find open shooters.
Without Herro, Wisconsin is currently left with only center Joe Hedstrom as a commit for 2018.
Among a slew of reactions from disappointed Badger fans, former guard Zak Showalter’s stood out:
What are you doing!?— Zak Showalter (@ZShowbball333) October 18, 2017
Depending on which insiders you read, there appears to be varying levels of surprise following Herro’s decommitment.
Tyler Herro backs away from his commitment to #Wisconsin. I heard rumblings of this during the summer. https://t.co/uFluqBQJYM— Jon McNamara (@McNamaraRivals) October 18, 2017
Surprised by the Tyler Herro news but not shocked. Again, I was told this almost happened this summer. Huge loss for #Wisconsin.— Jon McNamara (@McNamaraRivals) October 18, 2017
Here's an interview I did w/ Tyler Herro following last month's official. Gave no hints that he was going to reopen https://t.co/UVPqxOqdNc— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) October 18, 2017