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Tyler Herro Had A Busy Week: Wishes to Start, Trade Rumors, & Cheating Rumors

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While not a part of the NBA Finals, as the Miami Heat were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals, Tyler Herro had himself quite a busy week ranging from trade rumors to cheating allegations.

With that said, let’s dive in.

Wishes to Start

Herro just put together one of the best seasons for a bench player in NBA history.

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Coming off the bench, Herro was one of the Miami Heat’s biggest producers this season, averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 47.7% shooting the field and 39.9% from three.

In addition to his impressive averages, the former Wildcat led Miami in total points (1,367) and scored 30+ points eight times, tied for third-most in a season since the league began tracking starts vs. bench performances in 1970-71.

This season’s performance earned Herro NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors, becoming the first former Wildcat and Miami Heat player to do so. So what’s next for Herro?

Herro believes his performance has earned him a starting spot next season.

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“Yeah, for sure,” Herro told reporters Tuesday during his exit interview about whether he wants to be a full-time starter for Miami next season. “In some way, I would like to start. It’s my fourth year. I think I’ve earned it.”

Since joining the Heat in 2019, Herro has made 33 starts in 159, but mostly due to injuries. However, Herro has already been playing starter levels minutes and proven himself. I would expect to see Herro in the starting lineup if that is his wish.

Trade Rumors

While Herro recorded one of the best regular-season performances by a bench player, the NBA is a business and that does not make Herro immune to trade talks.

Last Tuesday, it was reported by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer that league sources believe the Heat could potentially offer Tyler Herro (plus cash and multiple first-round picks) to the Utah Jazz in a trade package for former Louisville Cardinal, Donovan Mitchell.

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When comparing just stats, Mitchell would be an upgrade over Herro, but it becomes complicated when you consider Mitchell is still owed $135 million over the next four years.

All this considered, this rumor or its seriousness of it has yet to be confirmed.

Cheating Allegations

At last, according to Katya Elise Henry, Herro’s girlfriend and mother of his child, and her most recent activity on social media, signs point toward Herro cheating on her.

This comes just after a month after Herro and Henry celebrated their second-year anniversary.

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Herro has yet to respond to the allegations, but regardless, this is an unfortunate circumstance with a child involved.

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No. 1 Point Guard Robert Dillingham Chooses Kentucky

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The Kentucky Wildcats just added a significant piece to their 2023 recruiting class, No. 1 point guard Robert Dillingham, choosing Kentucky over Auburn, Louisville, and USC.

Back in December, Dillingham had originally elected to stay home and committed to NC State. This came as a last-minute surprise, as Dillingham held seven 247 Sports Crystal Ball predictions to Kentucky just 48 hours prior to his decision.

However, Dillingham decommitted from NC State back in March after the school received NCAA violations. Upon reopening his recruitment, UK assistant coach Chin Coleman told Dillingham, “I’m not gonna lose this time,” and he held true to his word.

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In Dillingham, Kentucky is getting an extremely talented player that many have started to compare to long-time No. 1 recruit DJ Wagner, who Dillingham has even expressed interest in playing alongside.

Despite his small 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, Dillingham is the perfect modern point guard, possessing elite speed, finishing ability, ball-handling skills, and perimeter shooting. Collectively, these attributes make Dillingham the dangerous offensive weapon that he is and gives him the confidence to score at all three levels.

With that said, Dillingham does not rely on his scoring ability to make an impact, as he is also willing to make the extra pass and put his teammates in positions to succeed.

In addition to his electric style of play, Dillingham possesses an alpha mentality and toughness. However, Dillingham does need to build on his frame and improve on the defensive end, as he can lose focus at times.

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Dillingham joins Reed Sheppard to give the Kentucky two 5-star recruits and moves the Wildcats’ recruiting class into third place in the 247 Sports rankings, behind Duke and North Carolina.

If you are unfamiliar with Dillingham and his playstyle, watch this breakdown and get up to speed on the most recent Wildcat commit.

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Former Kentucky Strength Coach Turns Heel and Says “Go Cards”

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Back in late April, it was announced that the men’s Kentucky basketball program and former strength coach Rob Harris had parted ways.

Harris had been with the program for eight seasons and while no reason was ever officially given for his departure, it can be attributed to a combination of recent lower-body injuries, receiving a technical foul for a scuffle at Tennessee back in February, and a public video of him having an outburst at his daughter’s basketball game.

While Harris is looking for a new position, Louisville is looking for a new strength and conditioning coach. Could the two join forces against a common enemy, being Kentucky?

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It certainly looks like Harris would be on board. On Wednesday afternoon, Harris made a heel move and tweeted his support of Kenny Payne and the Louisville Cardinals.

If Harris does join the staff, it will be another another piece to reviatlize the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry.

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Kentucky Expressing Interest in 2024 Top 100 In-State Recruit, Travis Perry

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In the 2023 class, John Calipari has already secured a commitment from Reed Sheppard, the best prospect in the state of Kentucky and ranked top-25 nationally.

Looking ahead to the 2024 class, Calipari is already showing interest in Lyon County’s Travis Perry, who is ranked as a top-two prospect in the state and ranked in the top 100 nationally.

This past weekend, Calipari was in attendance for the Titans-Rockets Classic to see Xavier Booker – who has made an astronomical jump in the latest recruiting rankings – and was also given the opportunity to watch Perry.

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The Lyon County product must have left a lasting impression as Travis’s father, Ryan Perry, says that Calipari has been in contact “quite a bit” this week. On top of that, Travis and his parents – who are Kentucky graduates and admitted Wildcat fans – are planning a visit to Kentucky this weekend to talk with Calipari and tour the campus.

To those who follow Kentucky high school basketball Perry’s name is very recognizable. Playing varsity since his seventh-grade year – averaging 20.6 points per game that season – Perry has scored 3,189 career points and is well on his way to breaking the state record of 4,337 points, held by “King” Kelly Coleman.

What is Perry’s motivation? “I’m just trying to get one more point than the other team, because I gotta ride home with my dad. And that’s the coach, and I don’t want to have to listen to him complain the whole way,” Perry told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

Perry currently holds offers from Creighton, Ole Miss, Iowa, and Purdue among others but expect his recruitment to continue heating up. Since last weekend’s event, Juwan Howard and Michigan have also expressed interest.

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Check out Perry’s highlights as he went head-to-head with Sheppard and North Laurel in last summer’s Titans-Rockets Classic.

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