Herber Has Busy Summer

West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle wasn't the only Mountaineer to participate in international basketball competition over the summer.

Mountaineer guard Joe Herber, who hails from Darmstadt, Germany, played on not one, but two different teams during the summer.

After returning to his home in May, Herber participated on the "A2" German National Team during June, then played in the World University Games in South Korea in August.

"I was busy, but I had some time to rest and relax too," said Herber in alleviating any fears of basketball burnout. "It was really nice to see my family again, eat my mom's cooking, and just hang out with my family and my old friends."

Herber who returned to WVU two weeks late due to his participation in the University games, said both experiences were good ones, and that they were spaced far enough apart so that he did not get worn down.

"We started practice in May for the A2 national team, which is kind of like a junior varsity national team," Herber explained. "We had some two a days there, and then we played eight exhibition games in 11 days.

"After that, I had a six week break. I played with some of my teammates from my old club team during that time, and worked out some, but it was a good rest. Then I played with the University games team in August, and that was a lot of the same players from the A2 team."

As noted above, Herber was two weeks late for the beginning of the fall semester at WVU, but for a 4.0 student, the missed time didn't present a huge obstacle.

"Coach Beilein gave me the chance to get everything in order and get caught up before I started working out," Herber said. "I'm pretty much caught up now and ready to go."

For more on Joe Herber's summer, including more exclusive comments from the Mountaineer guard, get a copy of next week's print edition of the Blue & Gold News.

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