Schnider Herard: Junior Primer

Big men with true center size and the attitude to match can carve out critical roles for their teams, and Schnider Herard has established himself as a frontrunner in that category.

How he got here

Within the prep ranks these days, there’s a pretty famous Haitian big man by the name of Skal Labissiere. But while the top-five senior may be that country’s most talent-laden prospect, junior center Schnider Herard has made a quick impact as well.

Herard competes at Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian and performed strongly in 2014, well enough to earn a place in the national top 100. He claimed summertime offers from SMU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Nebraska, TCU and Kansas State.

Herard relishes contact and happily anchors the frontline

At the Nike Elite 100, Herard battled against a crew of outstanding opponents. He proved that his 6-10, 260-pound frame could withstand violent collisions from opposing big men — including Udoka Azubuike, Marques Bolden, Zach Brown and others — and with his strength he certainly caused plenty of damage of his own.

Herard has demonstrated improvement this season. At the Tarkanian Classic in December, he utilized his power and emerging jump hooks to compete effectively on both ends of the court. Though hardly refined as a post scorer, his size and rate of progress bode extremely well for the future.

To 2015. …

Clearly, his offense remains a long-term project. Herard does nearly all of his scoring work directly at the rim, which while ideal for a center will need expansion for the longer term.

He’s a power center, not a terribly explosive leaper nor a highly flexible, agile athlete. He gets credit from us for playing to his strengths, however, and his willingness to bang enables him to get the most out of what he currently has.

Which leads to the next question. What does he have now, what will he have five and 10 years into the future, and how universally will opinions congeal around a consensus?

Herard will need more experience and coaching, of course, but there’s no question he projects as a defensive weapon. At 6-10 and with long arms, he should become an immediate factor in college if he can keep his fouls to a manageable number. He’s also a naturally physical guy, so he won’t need to have an overabundance of finesse beaten out of him by his future college coach.

Offensively, it’s too early to say. He’s effective as a dunker and offensive rebounder now with flashes of a jump hook, but there’s no guarantee he’ll ever progress beyond that. Over the next several months we’ll learn more about his hands and overall offensive potential, but suffice it to say his current No. 86 ranking looks low.

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