Heat news: Pat Riley confident Erik Spoelstra will turn rookie Tyler Herro into an All-Star
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Heat president Pat Riley confident Erik Spoelstra will turn rookie Tyler Herro into an All-Star

Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, Tyler Herro

Miami Heat president Pat Riley have high hopes on head coach Erik Spoelstra and draftee Tyler Herro.

The Heat used the 13th pick to acquire Herro in the 2019 NBA Draft. It was quite a surprise pick for the Heat, as there were still bigger names on the board during their turn. However, it appears Riley was dead set on selecting the former Kentucky standout on Thursday.

Per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Riley believes that Herro will blossom under Spoelstra in the coming years. The veteran executive and former champion head coach is confident that Spoelstra will eventually make Herro an All-Star in the league.

Riley admitted that he was impressed during Herro’s workout. According to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Riley liked how the prospect guard shot the ball during his workout with the Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena before the draft.

“He shot the ball extremely well,” Riley said. “But I think he shot the ball extremely well in most of his workouts.”

Herro spent one season with the Wildcats, where he started in all 37 games. The 19-year-old guard averaged 14.0 points on 46.2 percent shooting from the field, including 1.6 3-point conversions per game. The Wisconsin native also posted 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per contest for Kentucky.