by Joanna Radov, CantonCharge.com contributor
A big presence and a bigger personality helped Alan Herndon deliver a promising first season with the Canton Charge.
Of the 6-9 forward out of Wyoming, Charge play-by-play announcer Scott Zurilla commented, “I liked how Al really progressed as the season moved along. Had the usual rookie growing pains early, but as he got more opportunities, I thought he held his own when given the chance. Played the stretch 4 well, hitting jumpers while rebounding and defending the paint. Was only getting better when the season ended.”
In 12.2 minutes of action a game, Herndon averaged 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. A standout stat for the big man was a 39.3 shooting percentage from behind the arc, second on the team behind Two-Way player Dean Wade.
Charge GM Brendon Yu added, “Big Al epitomized the NBA G League to me. No matter how many minutes he got the last game he took pride in staying ready. Whenever we needed him, he came up big for us. The Wisconsin school day game still stands out to me as one of my favorite memories from this year and he really stepped up for us in that one hitting big shot after big shot.”
If the NBA G League is all about development, Herndon proved his worth on March 4th against the Wisconsin Herd. In a critical 108-102 2OT win against the conference leaders, Al went 5-6 from the three-point line to net a season-high 17 points, including five in the two overtime periods and a key three-pointer to start the second OT period and give the Charge the momentum to hold out for the win.
When asked about his growth this season and potential for next year, Head Coach Nate Reinking said, “Al is a constant pro that was always ready and took advantage of opportunities when he was called upon. His versatility as a shooting big, IQ, and communication on defense was evident in vital big game wins! This was a tribute to his consistent work ethic and high character as a person and teammate. He’s a player you always want to have on your team. It will be great to watch his success in Europe next season and his career continue up upward.”
Herndon signed a contract to play with the P.A.O.K. basketball club in Thessaloniki, Greece next year.