By LARRY VAUGHT
Miami Heat president Pat Riley, a former Kentucky All-American player, didn’t leave any doubt about why the Heat made Kentucky freshman Tyler Herro a lottery pick last week.
“We do need shooting. We have lost some of our perimeter players over the last year, and Tyler had just an incredible workout with us, great interview,” Riley said. “I saw him in three or four tournament games, and [I was] just really impressed with his overall game.
“The fact that he’s a sticker and a great free-throw shooter is just part of his game. We do feel like there is an upside to him that can make him even more complete once he gets more opportunities in those situations.”
Riley believes with the way Miami develops players, Herro will be a “great” addition to the team.
“He fills a void. And we feel … that he has an opportunity to play immediately for us, so it’s going to be up to him, it’s going to take lot of hard work, but I’ve never met a more enthusiastic guy when he was here for the workout, when we interviewed him,” Riley said.
“He’s just right on with his attitude and his approach and how much he wants to be a professional. And he really is excited to be here, too, so we’re happy to have him.”