High-Major Hernandez

6-8 <b>Hector Hernandez</b>, who came to the U.S. from Mexico just two years ago, is one of the most skilled players in the west. And even though he's not well known to the public, many college coaches are already all over him...

Hector Hernandez, 6-8 JR SF, Denver (Col.) Lincoln, proved last weekend at the Pump Easter tournament that he's one of the most skilled players in the west. What's intriguing about him is that he's built like a power forward at 6-8, but offensively has the skills of a small forward, with a great outside shooting touch, very good ballhandling ability, and a knack for putting the ball on the floor and taking it to the basket.

While the public hasn't been too aware of just how good Hernandez is, college coaches have been. Hernandez is getting inundated by recruiting attention, from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Colorado, Fresno State, UTEP, Colorado State and Wyoming, who he said have each offered him a scholarships.

As a result of his performance in Vegas last weekend, that could just be the beginning. UCLA contacted Hernandez this week.

The high school junior is a bit overwhelmed by the attention, having come from Chihuahua, Mexico, just two years ago. "I left Mexico to play basketball," Hernandez said. "And it's great that this is all happening. I talk to my family back in Chihuahua every day, and they are very excited. "

When he came to the U.S., Hernandez didn't know English, even though he speaks it well now. "It was tough at the beginning," he said. "I took the ACT after being here just a few months and didn't do very well since I didn't know English. I couldn't read the test. But now I think I'll do pretty well." Hernandez said he has a 3.5 GPA.

Having a big junior year where he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds a game, Hernandez said he's starting to be able to take the attention in stride. "Before I would get really excited about a school contacting me. But now I think I want to take my time. I'd like to take all of my official visits and see what each school has to offer. Right now I don't have a favorite."


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