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Herndon a draft sleeper?

A sleeper is a term that’s used to describe a not-too-widely-known athlete with a huge upside, a player who succeeds when nobody thought he would. So that in the PBA draft on Oct. 29, someone like Fil-Am Robbie Herndon could be considered a sleeper.

While there’s excitement over Fil-German Christian Standhardinger’s decision to join the coming PBA draft, the 6-3 Herndon shouldn’t be overlooked as a blue-chipper who could make an immediate impact in the pros. He’s unravelled his wares in the PBA D-League so what he’s capable of doing isn’t a secret. Herndon might just be the surprise of the draft.

Robbie Herndon. PBA Images
Not too many fans know that Herndon has a history of friendship with Sen. Manny Pacquiao with whom he has played pick-up games in Los Angeles and Manila. Herndon was introduced to Pacquiao by San Francisco-based Filipino lawyer Jason Aniel whose mother Boots used to manage Filipino fighters, including Luisito Espinosa.

Herndon, 24, played two NCAA Division II seasons with the San Francisco State varsity, averaging 5.8 points in 2011-12 and 6.5 points in 2012-13. He came to Manila in 2105 with Aniel to look over the basketball landscape and decided to live his dream of playing the pro game here. In the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup this season, he averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals with Victoria Sports. In the recent Foundation Cup, Herndon made his mark as a scorer and rebounder with Wangs then Marinerong Pilipino. In 2016, Herndon caught the attention of local fans when he defeated veteran Willie Miller, 21-19, in the final of the Red Bull King of the Rock tournament in Intramuros.

A criminal justice major, Herndon traces his Filipino roots to his father Bobby who is 3/4 Filipino. Aniel said Herndon has what it takes to create waves in the PBA. Herndon describes himself as a physical player with smooth moves, too.

Author: Joaquin Henson, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/07/1736616/herndon-draft-sleeper

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