2005 Focus: Abdul Herrera

Abdul Herrera is a relatively obscure big man in Florida - for now. That could - and probably will - change in a hurry.

Abdul Herrera isn't well-known nationally, but a little time and added exposure should change that in a hurry.

The South Miami High (Fla.) 6-10, 240-pound junior has dropped about 15 pounds and is getting some attention from all the big-time schools in the Sunshine State.

It wasn't as if Herrera struggled last season or anything. He averaged 19.1 points, 13 boards and six blocks per game for Fred Jones as a junior.

``He's much better than last year simply because he's in better shape," Jones said. "He's a great low-post player who has size, strength and a tremendous drop-step to the basket."

``His size and aggressiveness are unlike many post players in the 2005 class," added Team Breakdown's Kenny Gillion. "He is the best post player in the state behind Alexander "Sasha" Kaun. He has the potential to be the best player ever to come out of our program."

Other than his conditioning, the other facet of Herrera's game that is being developed is a mid-range jumper.

Herrera, 18, is a Panama native who came to the United States on Oct. 6, 2001 – just about nine months after picking up a basketball for the first time.

Schools such as Florida State, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, UTEP, Georgetown and South Alabama have all shown some level of interest (none have offered yet, according to Jones), but Herrera is in the dark as to where he wants to go.

``I'm confused a little bit," said Herrera, who singled out the Hoyas as his leader. "I just don't know enough about all the schools."

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