More on Johannes Herber

West Virginia basketball has had several players from overseas in recent seasons, but none appear to be as accomplished as recent signee Johannes Herber.

At the age of 19, Heber has already has a good taste of international experience, as he has travelled with German's under 20 national team the past two summers.

Heber (6-5, 205) has also been a stalwart on the TV Langen team, which plays in the 2 Bundesliga (Federal League) in Germany. The 2001-2002 season was Langen's third for TV Langen. The team is located in the Frankfurt suburb of Langen, which has a population of approximately 35,000.

Heber averaged approximately 30 minutes per game for the TV Langen Giraffes this season, while averaging fifteen points per game. He shot approximately 37% from international three point range and 75% from the free throw line.

Heber indicated in a recent interview that while he had an offer to play professionally in Europe, his plans were to attend college and play basketball in the United States. Those plans have come together with his signing of a letter of intent with WVU.

In an oddity that demonstrates how small the world can be, Heber's pro offer came from the Opel Skyliners of the 1 Bundesliga, which is something of a parent club for TV Langen. Opel, which is also based in Frankfurt, was led this past season by former Mountaineer standout Marcus Goree. Goree was Opel's top scorer and rebounder, and earned a spot in the Bundesliga All-Star Game as well as guiding the Skyliners to the Bundesliga Cup championship game. Prior to this season, Goree played for LeHavre in France.


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