January 21, 2011

St. Pat’s Herndon stepping up

Kevin McCarthy

Some people talk about stepping up but few actually do it. Count St. Patrick/St. Vincent’s Robbie Herndon, who is averaging a double-double this season, in the latter category.

photo of Robbie Herdon

Try 23.5 points and 11.3 rebounds a game for Herndon -- this while measuring out at 6-foot-3.

He totaled 38 points and 15 rebounds versus Hogan, 36 and 16 matching up with Deer Valley and 36/15 battling Bethel. It was 25 facing Albany and 23 points vying with Vallejo. Last night, it was another double-double of 19/11 against Berea Chrsitian.

"We lost a lot to graduation so his role has gotten a lot bigger this season," Coach Derek Walker explained.

Herndon concurred: "I’m a senior and supposed to be a leader. Coach says my role is to be an example in everything."

He is hitting more from distance with his shots this season. "I’ve always been able to shoot the three," he clarified,"but last year I was injured during football season and that limited my range."

Walker calls his star "good at long-range and middle-range and sneaky around the basket."

Hierndon’s boardplay has always been exemplary -- the adage is having a nose for the ball but with Herndon it’s two hands on the ball coming off the rim and/or board.

The Bruins currently sport a 14-4 overall, 3-1 Bay Shore Athletic League (BSAL) record, a collective that features always tough Salesian (which is 14-1 on the season), perennial contender St. Mary’s and always dangerous St. Joseph Notre Dame. Remarkably, the Bruins are 7-0 on the road this season with upcoming games against 12-6 Piedmont at home followed by St. Mary’s on the road.

It’s also worthy to note that fellow Bruin senior Eli Woodford is also performing very well. The well-rounded 6-foot-1 backcourter is averaging at 11 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game.