Kentucky Wildcats freshman Tyler Herro has been compared to a lot of players early in his collegiate career, but former Big Blue Nation great Rex Chapman would prefer if people were less lazy about it.
Herro, a high-level recruit, is white. In turn, thanks to people failing to see anything deeper than surface level shenanigans, he’s mostly been compared to other white players. In the business, this is called WoW (white-on-white).
A similar thing happens with European prospects (the next Dirk!) or young New York point guards (hey, SLAM!). Basketball is played by millions upon millions of people, but if a player looks a certain way or comes from a specific place, somehow there’s less comparisons available to both fans and media members.
Anyway, Rex Chapman has had enough of your lazy Tyler Herro comparisons, and we’re here for it.
“Tyler Herro is way more Devin Booker than myself,” Chapman tweeted after the Wildcats’ Bahamas opener. “Gotta see past more than the convenient.”
Convenient is a polite way of saying something else, but the longtime NBA talent did expand to the Courier-Journal.
“Comparing white players to only other white players is silly,” Chapman clarified in a text message to the Courier Journal. “I could’ve used another word for ‘silly.’”
“People were busy comparing me to Kyle Macy and Jim Master,” Chapman said, referring to former white Kentucky stars.
Herro has played excellent so far for the Kentucky Wildcats, albeit it in exhibition games. Let’s just be happy he’s not seven or eight inches taller, or we’d be subjected to “next Larry Bird” conversations.
The world needs more Rex Chapman-types.
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