What Will Become Of Herb Pope?
New Mexico State's biggest recruit has options with Theus leaving
June 20, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com
Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
No. 33-rated Herb Pope is in a tough position but has teams drooling over such a talent this late in the game.
It's just another example of what a wacky year it's been in recruiting.
Pope averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3 blocks and 3.3 steals a game in helping Aliquippa (
In the New York Times this past weekend, Pope said he signed with New Mexico State because he wants to get away from
After a tumultuous upbringing and bouncing from high school to high school, he was struck with four bullets back in April. Not only was he struck, he thought he would die.
Since that time, Pope has recovered and is now playing and even dunking the ball.
But it wasn't that unfortunate moment that caused him to head so far away to
However, Reggie Theus has decided to move on to the NBA's Sacramento Kings and Pope is scheduled to start summer school next week down in
As it is with most kids, they sign for the coach.
He may wait to see if somebody with the staff gets bumped up to take Theus' spot, but if he doesn't, a couple of possible suitors are out there and we're here to preview who we think would get involved with this impact freshman.
Certainly a school that missed out on Patrick Patterson will be all over him, that being the national champion Florida Gators. They're losing a ton and bringing in a top three class, but such a versatile talent would only help them fill a void left by the championship core.
Even the winner of the Patterson sweepstakes will likely be on him - you can bet
Schools from his previous list like
There's always the wildcard of teams that just lost players to the NBA Draft.
Georgia Tech comes to mind losing Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton.
So those are some schools that may chase Herb Pope if he decides to opt for his release of his letter of intent with