July 6, 2012
Herndon ready to be a Poke
Colorado Springs forward Alan Herndonwent to Laramie for a team basketball camp and returned with a scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-8, 175-pound Herndon told Gowyogo.com today that he accepted that offer and committed to play basketball at Wyoming starting in the fall of 2013. Herndon's scholarship offer was the result of a relatively short love affair between his game and the Wyoming coaching staff.
"They (the Wyoming coaches) came out to a national tournament in Denver and saw me there," Herndon said. "After that they said they really liked what they saw, they loved every game. I went up there for a team camp last week and from there they sat me down and said they were ready to offer me a scholarship.
"I was at a loss for words," he continued. "I just sat there. I couldn't believe it at first. It was like, you are really offering me a scholarship? I didn't think it would come this early."
Herndon said he didn't commit to the Pokes right away, instead, he talked to his parents after returning to Colorado Springs. The choice was originally made to wait until after the AAU season ended in July, but Herndon said, he quickly changed his mind.
"It came down to would any of those places be better than Wyoming," Herndon said. "I decided on July fourth to let them know I am committed. They were excited."
For Herndon, the visit to Laramie last week included time with academic support, a chance to talk to the coaching staff as well as campus tours. He said he came away impressed.
"It was a great experience," Herndon said of the team camp. "The campus was beautiful and they actually have a good business program. That is what I am looking to major in. I met the academic person for basketball and he gave me a very good talk. That was a big part of what I was looking for in college - not just basketball, but the education too.
"Walking around the facility, I just loved it, I can't imagine myself anywhere else."
Last season Herndon averaged 9.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game for the 11-13 Widefield Gladiators. Along the way he was named Honorable Mention Academic All-State and Honorable Mention All-Conference. Herndon said he tries to play like his favorite player - Kevin Durant.
"I can pretty much have extended range for a big guy," Herndon said when asked to offer a scouting report on his own game. "I can shoot threes. I am not afraid to bring the ball up when coach asks for it. I am pretty good on defense, but I need to get my weight up. Other than that, people say I am a well-rounded player."
Wyoming was his only scholarship offer thus far, but he has been in contact with Colorado, Denver University, Air Force and Colorado State-Pueblo. This summer, he has emerged on the AAU circuit and raised his recruiting profile.
"Everyone who was recruiting me is saying that this year I progressed a lot playing with my club team (Colorado Force) and they really liked what they saw," Herndon said. "I feel like a am getting better just constantly staying in the gym and never slacking off. I want my coach to tell me if there is something I need to work on."
While basketball took center stage for Herndon last week, he said he has been lucky that he has not been forced to evacuate due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.
"It has not personally affected us, but it has been a lot of smoke and stuff in the air," he said. "The fire, thank God, hasn't reached us, but I know a lot of people who have been affected. It was pretty hard. I just thank God it isn't where we are right now."
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