Kentucky guard Tyler Herro will remain in NBA draft

              Kentucky's Tyler Herro (14) and Immanuel Quickley celebrate following a men's NCAA tournament college basketball Midwest Regional semifinal game against Houston Friday, March 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Tyler Herro says he plans to remain in the NBA draft after initially leaving open the possibility of returning to school.

The 6-foot-5 freshman announced his decision in a news release Tuesday. Last week, he said he would enter the draft and hire an NCAA-certified agent but didn’t commit to leaving Kentucky. Now he says he’s “ready to jump into that next stage.”

Herro was the Wildcats’ No. 2 scorer, averaging 14 points per game. He joins teammate PJ Washington in leaving school early for the draft.

Herro thanked Kentucky fans and said his lone season with the Wildcats was everything he had hoped for. Coach John Calipari said Herro was “wired and driven like few other players” he has coached.