Miami Heat guard and former Whitnall High School basketball's Tyler Herro gets #14 retired at alma mater
WHITNALL, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Tyler Herro's used to being ahead of the curve. But tonight, the 23-year-old is a part of Whitnall High School history, with his jersey number, #14, being retired by the school. CBS 58's Darius Joshua was at Whitnall for the heavily attended Friday night ceremony.
Every professional athlete comes from somewhere, right? For Tyler Herro, it's his gym, where it all started.
And now, from this day forward, the gym he last played in five years ago, his jersey will forever hang in the rafters.
"In third grade, I never thought I would have my jersey retired at my high school," said Tyler Herro. "That's beyond a dream come true."
Joined by his Heat teammates, including All-Star Bam Adebayo and former Marquette standout Jimmy Butler, as well as coaches, Herro watched his brother Austin play in a return he will never forget.
"I was emotional, I mean seeing that video. Then my jersey coming down. A great moment for me to just take it all in and enjoy it," said Tyler Herro.
"People get excited when he comes back. He's a great person to represent our community and it's been exciting," said Travis Riesop, Tyler's high school coach.
Herro scored 2,036 points as a Falcon -- the most all time -- and helped Whitnall return to the state semis.
He's played in the NBA Finals, won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, but there's nothing like the beginning, where he harnessed the competition nature he still shows today.
"Being on the varsity team was like my dream, it wasn't the NBA, it wasn't college. It was being on the Whitnall varsity team. And now being here to see my jersey retired. See my brothers play. It's all a full circle moment," said Tyler Herro.
The Bucks host the Heat Saturday at 7 p.m.