Four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro shocked the college basketball nation by decommiting from the University of Wisconsin just a month before National Signing Day. 247 Sports has him ranked as the 40th best player in the country, and the 2nd best out of Wisconsin. To the outside world, there was no indication this was coming. Even as late as October 2nd, he took to Twitter to try to persuade 2020 recruit Jalen Johnson to become a Badger.
— Tyler Herro (@raf_tyler) October 2, 2017
Evan Flood of 247 Sports reports that Herro will consider blue bloods such as Kentucky, UNC, Arizona, and Kansas. Although he provided no reason for decommiting, the schools involved could suggest that he may consider himself a one-and-done or two-and-done type prospect. He had a huge week at the USA National Team Junior Camp, and when the big boys came calling, he may have starting thinking about his NBA aspirations. Fair or not, he may feel the blue bloods can get him to the NBA faster.
As can be expected Wisconsin fans were not thrilled with the decision. Wisconsin point guard Trevor Anderson, who is sitting out this season after transferring from UW-Green Bay, questioned the decision on Twitter. However, he deleted it shortly after. A couple former Badger players also voiced their annoyance on Twitter. Frank Kaminsky tweeted that Herro was “#SOFT” but deleted it after taking some heat.
What are you doing!?
— Zak Showalter (@ZShowbball333) October 18, 2017
After that, Wisconsin is left with just one commitment left in the 2018 recruiting class, Joe Hedstrom. The timing of the decision leaves Wisconsin with very limited options to fill the scholarship. They will likely have to settle for an overlooked sleeper or a late bloomer.
Wisconsin fans are understandably upset. This stinks. Losing a top in-state commit who talked up Wisconsin as his dream school only to leave the second the blue bloods come calling is tough. In addition to losing a great recruit, it just feels like a shot at the program and all it has accomplished over the last decade.
But this isn’t a new story. Vander Blue. JP Tokoto. Kevin Looney. Diamond Stone. Henry Ellenson. The names change. The results don’t. Wisconsin has an incredible amount of success without those players, and will continue to have success in the future. The Badgers will find some underrated, over-looked player to take Herro’s spot. He may not be a star. He may not be a future lottery pick. But he will a lot of games as a Wisconsin Badger. That is a guarantee.
One last thing… No matter how upset you are, do not tweet at recruits. There is no place for that. It makes us all look bad.