By LARRY VAUGHT
It only took two exhibition games for some Kentucky fans to start comparing freshman guard Tyler Herro to former UK great Rex Chapman. He was UK’s leading scorer in the Bahamas, proved he could score from a variety of spots and did not miss a free throw.
“Rex thinks he’s the next Rex. But I just want him to be Tyler Herro. Be who you are,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Rex was a real high-flyer. Tyler can jump and do that, but Rex was unique and Rex ended up being special.
“Maybe in time that may be the case, but right now just let him be Tyler.”
Herro led UK in scoring at 17.3 points per game in the Bahamas. He made 23 of 40 shots from the field, including 8 of 18 3-pointers. At the foul line, he was 15-for-15. He had seven assists, five turnovers and two steals in 87 minutes.
Herro has only seen YouTube clips of Chapman, who ended his NBA career in 2000 – the same year Herro was born. However, Chapman has introduced himself to Herro and texted him before he played in the Bahamas.
“I’m excited that he has my back. It’s good to have a guy like that,” Herro said.