Broncos Add Andrew Hershberger

The Western Michigan men's basketball team has signed prep standout Andrew Hershberger to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Robert McCullum announced Thursday morning. Hershberger, a 6-7, 200-pounder, will begin his Bronco career in 2003-04 and have four years of eligibility. The national signing period began Wednesday morning.

"Andrew attended our summer camp and it quickly became obvious that he was a versatile and skilled athlete," McCullum said. "At the time our recruiting efforts were focused on other positions, but with the decision to redshirt Wes deVries at center, we are extremely thrilled to add a player of Andrew's ability as a forward."

The No. 8 scorer (861 points) in Goshen High School history, Hershberger averaged 18.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a junior. He earned all-conference accolades for the second-straight season after shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe. He has started all of the 64 career games in which he has played at the varsity level, dating back to his freshman campaign.

An all-area selection last season, he was the only junior voted to the squad by the area's head coaches. His point total (395) was the third most by any Goshen junior in school history and included a career-high of 34 points.

As a sophomore, Hershberger was second on the team in scoring and paced the Redskins in rebounding. A three-year letterwinner, he contributed 7.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing.

"He shoots the ball well and is comfortable playing with his back to the basket," McCullum added. "He comes from a good program, is well coached and is the type of player who can excel in our system."

Hershberger owns a 3.9 grade-point-average and intends to major in pre-medicine

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