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Tyler Herro is ranked No. 27 nationally in the 2018 class by ESPN.

University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard and his staff once had hopes of pairing Tyler Herro and Joey Hauser together in a 2018 recruiting class consisting of two highly rated in-state players.

But when the early signing period rolls around next month, neither player will be officially pledging his allegiance to the Badgers.

Herro, a shooting guard from Whitnall, delivered a shocking blow to UW on Tuesday night when he announced on his Twitter account that he was decommitting.

Herro, who orally committed to the Badgers in September of 2016, is ranked No. 27 nationally in the 2018 class by ESPN.

Hauser, a forward from Stevens Point and No. 41 on ESPN’s list, announced in July that he was headed to Marquette.

The early signing period runs from Nov. 8-15 and, as of now, UW’s class will consist of center Joe Hedstrom, a 6-foot-10 center from the Minneapolis area. Hedstrom received a 4-for-5 offer from UW and would be a walk on his first season before going on scholarship starting with the 2019-20 season.

Herro, who initially turned down offers from Arizona, Florida, Marquette and others, will have plenty of suitors. After a strong showing at a USA Basketball camp two weeks ago, blue-blood programs such as Kentucky and North Carolina may make a late run at Herro.

As for why Herro changed his mind after being committed to the Badgers for 13 months, he didn’t offer any specific details in a long statement that was complimentary of Gard and the Badgers.

“I would like to thank the Wisconsin coaching staff for all the time they have spent on me, all the opportunities they have given me, and most importantly all the faith they have put in me over the past thirteen months. Wisconsin Basketball is a first class program that is led by a first class Coach.

“After a lot of conversations with my family and prayer I have decided to reopen my recruitment and explore all of my options. The past year since I committed I have grown not only as a basketball player, but as a person. My drive to become the best on all levels has been the fuel that drove the decision.

“I want to thank the Badger fans for their constant support over the years. I wish the University of Wisconsin nothing but the best. The state of Wisconsin has always treated me with tremendous support and I will always call Wisconsin my home. I am not asking anyone to like my decision, but to respect it. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life and thanks again for your continued support.”

Earlier this month, Herro tweeted a picture from his official visit to UW a few days earlier. Also pictured was Sun Prairie’s Jalen Johnson, a highly ranked prospect in the 2020 class, with both in UW uniforms at the Kohl Center. Herro told Johnson he’d “look good in White and Red.”

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