Herrera Having Fun

Abdul Herrera, a 6-11 center from Miami has come a long ways since beginning basketball about four years ago. Now, he is one of the top post players in the class of 2005 nationally, and he's improving nearly every day out. The high school senior, originally of Panama, signed with Cincinnati in November. Bearcat Insider's Evan Daniels files a report on how the season is going for Herrera.

Growing up in Panama City, Abdul Herrera played baseball and soccer.  But the summer of 2001 Herrera began playing basketball, and the game has changed his life. 


He was 6-foot-8 at that time, and once he realized the height advantage he had over most players his age, he decided basketball was the sport for him.


"I worked at it hard every day.  I was like 6'8 when I started to play basketball, so I was like, let's give it a try," Herrera replied.  "I worked hard every day.  I used to weigh 280 pounds, now I weigh 240."


Four years later Herrera now lives in Miami and plays for South Miami Senor HS where he is currently averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds.  The senior plays very well with his back to the basket and is very strong inside, maybe that's why he has been facing so many double teams.


"I've been playing alright, but been facing too many double teams," Herrera said.  "They'll send two or three guys to me, and I'll be getting mad."


While the double teams have affected him to an extent, he still averages a double-double and has led his team to a 12 and 6 record. 


Herrera is one of four Cincinnati recruits that make up the 18th rated recruiting class by Scout.com.  Along with Herrera, Devan Downey and Tyree Evans will join Bob Huggins' team next year.


So why did the 74th best player in the class of 2005 decide to go to Cincinnati?


"I love the way they play especially," Herrera responded.  "They are always good and I like the coach a lot."


"My high school coach, he was the first one that said to me that Cincinnati is a good place for me, and they need a tough big guy.  So I was like okay." 


Herrera, who is ranked 9th at his position, says he needs to improve some things before he gets to Cincinnati but that playing right away is not out of the picture.


"If I work hard, yes," Herrera said when asked about playing his freshmen year.  "I need to improve my jump shot, my dribbling, and I got to get bigger and stronger. 


So what is Herrera looking forward to the most?


"Have fun," Herrera stated.  "Enjoy my career, play hard every day, practice hard everyday and make it to the NBA."

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