UK Men's Basketball

Kentucky basketball signee earns a notable bump in new recruiting rankings

Tyler Herro is one of three UK signees for the class of 2018.
Tyler Herro is one of three UK signees for the class of 2018. Under Armour

Tyler Herro didn’t make the McDonald’s All-American team last week, but the UK basketball signee earned a notable bump in the new rankings released by ESPN on Monday morning.

Herro — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Milwaukee — moved up two spots to No. 25 overall on ESPN’s class of 2018 rankings, and he was elevated to a five-star recruit on that list.

Despite some injuries, Herro already has five games of 40 points or more this season, and he’s expected to be an instant impact player — and top-notch shooter — for UK’s 2018-19 campaign. He officially signed with the Cats in November.

Herro was left off of the McDonald’s team last week — 24 players are chosen for that event — but he could still make the Jordan Brand Classic, and selections for that national all-star game should be announced soon.

“Disappointed (Tyler) wasn’t selected,” UK Coach John Calipari tweeted after the McDonald’s players were announced. “He’s certainly deserving, especially with the last year he’s had. I know he will use this as fuel!”

Herro’s fellow early signees, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley, were chosen for the McDonald’s Game, and they both have prominent spots in the new ESPN rankings.

Johnson — a 6-6 wing from South Hill, Va. — is the No. 6 overall player in the 2018 class, and Quickley — a 6-3 point guard from the Baltimore area — is No. 17 overall.

ESPN’s ranking of Johnson is the highest position for any of UK’s 2018 signees among the major recruiting services.

Duke commitments R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish are ranked No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, by ESPN. Oregon signee Bol Bol is No. 4, and undecided shooting guard Romeo Langford is No. 5.

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