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Tyler Herro and Kevion Taylor took turns leading the Whitnall boys basketball team this past season.

Herro played well in helping the Falcons to an early six-game winning streak and 8-2 start, then when he went down with knee problems midway through the season, Taylor stepped up and increased his production to make sure that Whitnall met its goal of a Woodland Conference East Division championship.

For their strong efforts in leading an injury-riddled squad to a 16-7 record, Herro and Taylor are members of the 2016-17 Now Newspapers All-Suburban boys team.

Herro played only 16 of Whitnall's 23 games this season and averaged 23.9 points. He shot 55 percent from 2-point range, 39 percent from 3-point range and a sparkling 83 percent from the free-throw line.

Despite his strong scoring ability, Herro also played an all-around game, averaging 4.5 assists (up slightly from last season), 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocked shots.

In a testimony to how highly he is regarded, Herro was named first-team all-state by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and the player of the year in the Woodland East Division although he missed three conference games.

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"He made the most of his opportunities, although he was hobbled for much of the year," former Whitnall coach Steve Kujawa said. "He just gutted it out."

Kujawa was particularly impressed with his effort against Pewaukee in mid-January. He had sat out the previous game but returned for the big contest against the West Division leader, playing a key role in handing the Pirates their first loss in conference play.

When Herro was unavailable, Taylor took the lead role, scoring over 20 points per game as well as contributing in other ways in contests Herro missed.

"He put us on his back," Kujawa said. "When you look at where he came from as a freshman to now, both as a basketball player and as a person, it is great. He took full advantage of his opportunities this year."

Taylor averaged 17.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and four assists per game in earning first-team all-East Division and honorable-mention all-state honors.

Both Herro and Taylor have their college plans set. Herro, who still has his senior year in high school ahead of him, has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin and Taylor will attend and play for Winona State University in Minnesota.

"Winona State will be excited to get him," Kujawa said of Taylor. "It was a pleasure to watch him grow and develop these past few seasons."

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