GREENFIELD, Wis. – Coming off a state semifinal berth last season, Whitnall (3-1) got a good test from a previously unbeaten Greendale (3-1) squad on Tuesday. Powering their way to a 59-43 victory, the Falcons got another solid performance from their star Tyler Herro.
Tyler Herro – 2018 – SG – Whitnall
Herro was defended just about as well as any opponent can. He was face guarded for 36 minutes in the half court and was often forced to give the ball up via a double team when he put the ball on the deck. Herro wasn’t even allowed to bring the ball up the floor, often picked up 90 feet from the hoop.
Despite that, the Wisconsin commit managed to score 19 points, including 17 in the first half as Whitnall built a 13-point edge at half. Aside from two transition scores, nothing came easy for Herro, who often had shred double teams and make spectacular moves in limited space just to get a decent look at the rim.
After making big gains during his sophomore, Herro looks like he’s continuing to make substantial jumps. A year ago, this kind of defense would have kept him in check. Now, Herro just has too many tools with the ball in his hands. It just feels like there’s no matter the coverage, he’ll find a way to get a high percentage look.
Kevion Taylor – 2017 – SF – Whitnall
I like this pickup for Winona State. The Warriors do a very good job of recruiting the state of Wisconsin and Taylor brings a new dimension to their lineup.
A prospect whose best days are still ahead of him, Taylor is reliable scorer that can take of the pressure off the stars, as he’s done for Herro. The 6-foot-5 senior has the tools to develop into a primary scorer as well. A smooth mid-range shooter, Taylor knocked down some tough, contested shots en route to 10 points on Tuesday. Taylor has plenty of versatility, able to score with his back to the basket and even hit shots going away from the rim.
A kid that could also be a defensive stopper at the next level, Taylor can defend multiple positions with his size and length.