A preseason trip to the Bahamas was all Tyler Herro needed to showcase his talent to the Big Blue Nation and draw comparisons to some of the greats to ever play the sport.
"It's good to have comparisons like that because you know Rex Chapman, Larry Bird, those are guys who definitely have left a legacy on the game of basketball," said Herro.
In the Bahamas, Herro averaged 17 points, while going 8-for-18 from three-point range during UK's four games against international teams.
"I expected to play as good as I did," said Herro. "I think I could have even played better. Definitely didn't play my best, but like I said the hours and time I put in the gym reflect on how I played."
Herro, the native of Greenfield, Wisconsin was initially committed to play for his home state Badgers. Now he says he is looking forward to representing his state while wearing the blue and white.
"We're all from different places," said Herro. "We all bring different things whether it's on or off the court. I think off the court we're all really tight. I think the Bahamas trip made us even more closely."
It's that collection of talent that gives Herro high expectations for the season.
"We got some veterans who we can look up to as young guys, and I think us young guys we also brought a culture of just being able to compete every day," said Herro. "We set the tone in that aspect of it. So I think we all bring something different."