Tyler Herro was unstoppable on Saturday morning at the Adidas Summer Championships. The 6-foot-4 guard from the Class of 2018 scored 31 points on 10-of-17 shooting to lead his Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16U team to victory at the Cashman Center, using an impressive array of dribble drives, pull-ups and 3-pointers to scorch the nets against multiple defenders.
UNLV had a front-row seat to the performance, as assistant coach Rob Jeter watched from the baseline. UNLV extended a scholarship offer to Herro earlier in the week, and Saturday’s showing certainly didn’t make the Rebels regret it.
Herro is rated as the No. 46 player in the country in 2018 according to ESPN.com, while Rivals.com has him at No. 80. The Greenfield, Wis. native has scholarship offers from hometown schools Marquette and Wisconsin, as well as programs such as Purdue, Indiana, Florida, Iowa State and Creighton.
Herro is regarded as one of the country’s top long-distance shooters, but his ability to create off the dribble and his proficiency in the mid-range area are what set him apart, as he proved again on Saturday in front of Jeter.
“Last summer and even coming into this summer I was sort of labeled as just a spot-up shooter,” Herro said. “I’ve been getting in the gym every day working on getting stronger, working on my handles, just being able to get to the basket and hitting that mid-range shot.”
It’s an unorthodox skill set, but one that he is quickly mastering.
“Tyler is a fierce competitor,” said Playground Warriors 16U coach Sean White. “He’s got a great herky-jerky, yo-yo dribble to his game. That’s how he gets space. And he can shoot it in a phone booth. Even when he’s tightly guarded, it doesn’t seem to matter. His mid-range game is unstoppable. When he gets to his spots on the floor he makes it. He gets the space with his dribble and he’s got long arms and he makes shots. He’s an old-school player that way.”
That kind of offensive firepower in the backcourt is attractive to college coaches, as evidenced by Herro’s lengthy list of scholarship offers. UNLV may seem out of place battling with all the Midwestern heavyweights competing for Herro, but Jeter’s presence gives the Rebels a chance. Jeter originally offered Herro a scholarship to UW-Milwaukee, so they’ve got history. And it sounds like Herro is open to Jeter’s pitch now that he’s moved on to UNLV under head coach Marvin Menzies.
“With coach Jeter, we stayed in touch even though Milwaukee was a low-major because it’s my home town,” Herro said. “He just went to UNLV and we stayed in contact. He said he loves my game and they think I’m a high-major player, so they offered me a scholarship.”
Before UNLV, Jeter had spent nearly his entire coaching career in Wisconsin, logging 10 years as an assistant under local legend Bo Ryan at various stops before taking over the UW-Milwaukee program in 2005. Jeter knows the area well and has established deep relationships with the local AAU programs.
“Rob’s got a great reputation,” White said. “He recruits that Milwaukee area fantastically. Now that UNLV’s got him, they’ve got a good shot [at landing Herro]. Rob’s had his eye on Tyler for two or three years. Right now Tyler is wide open. He’s just playing right now. I’m sure after the season’s over he’ll start to focus on making a list.”