Tyler Herro commits to Kentucky

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Wisconsin’s loss was Kentucky’s gain.

Tyler Herro, a four-star guard who de-committed from his home-state Badgers last month, announced Tuesday that he has committed to John Calipari’s Wildcats.

“Just the relationship I had with (assistant) Kenny Payne and the relationship I’ve built with Cal over the past few weeks,” Herro told Scout of his decision. “Obviously what they do to get guys to the NBA.

“They just expressed that they have an opportunity for me. They think I can come in right away and play and play a big role in what they want to do.”

Herro is a 6-foot-5 guard and a consensus top-50 player in the 2018 class known for his ability to spread the floor. He quickly became one of the hottest commodities available when he opened up his recruitment last month, and Kentucky quickly rose to the top over the likes of Villanova and Oregon. Herro visited Lexington last week before making his decision.

“Big Blue Nation was crazy,” he said. “It was weird because all the fans knew me and I’m not even committed yet.”

Herro’s commitment gives Calipari three players currently in his 2018 class. Five-star recruits Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson both signed earlier this week. Herro’s addition will help Kentucky immediately in the shooting department, something has been somewhat of a weakness for Calipari’s team in recent years despite the overwhelmingly talented recruiting classes he’s consistently reeled in.

“I think I’ll be able to space the floor out, play the one or the two, get to the hoop, pulling up and shooting,” he said. “I think all three of us can do something special.”