Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association
2015 GCBLA INDUCTEE
In the early years of his athletic development, many thought that Herman displayed equal talent at basketball and baseball as a young student at Everett Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio. He earned Certificates of Meritorious Award in each of his last two years (1956 and 1957) for his contributions in varsity baseball and varsity basketball. Success and accolades followed Herman to Central High School where his varsity basketball exploits for the Pirates garnered more Certificates of Meritorious Awards in 1958, 1959 and 1960. His 1960 senior year accomplishments included: 1st Team All-City; Associated Press Class AA All Ohio High School Basketballers Award, Honorable Mention; United Press International All Ohio Cagers, Honorable Mention. Nicknamed the “Big Bopper”, the 6’2” forward/center was known for his leaping ability and was known as a early day “trash talker” that backed up his rhetoric with hustle and a devastating hook-shot. After graduation from Central, Herman played in and earned numerous awards with a number of AAU and Industrial League teams. He logged seven years playing semi-professional basketball, playing in nine gold medal tournaments of which he selected Tournament MVP three times.