This March, assistant coach Rob Werdann completed his third season as a pro assistant coach and his second straight with the Columbus (GA) Riverdragons of the NBDL, the NBA’s own minor league.
Werdann joined the Riverdragons on September 10, 2001. The former NBA center specializes in tutoring the Riverdragons big men on low post play and is also responsible for scouting reports and breaking down game tape among other duties.
Werdann earned his first “W” as a head coach February 2, 2003 in an 85-73 Columbus win over Roanoke and made his coaching debut as an assistant with the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) during the 2000-01 season.
As a player, the 6-foot-11 center logged eight years of pro basketball experience including three seasons in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets (1992-93) and the New Jersey Nets (1995-96 – 1996-97). The Nuggets selected Werdann in the second round (46th pick overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft.
Werdann played five seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (1993-94 – 1994-95, 1996-97 – 1998-99) splitting time with the Yakima Sun Kings, the Oklahoma City Calvary and the Harrisburg Hammerheads. Werdann played one year under the tutelage of Riverdragons head coach Jeff Malone, who served as an assistant coach with the Yakima Sun Kings during the 1997-98 season. Werdann also made stops in the United States Basketball League (USBL), the International Basketball League (IBL) and overseas in Venezuela.
In college, Werdann played four seasons (1988-92) at St. John’s University under legendary coach Lou. Carnesecca. The Sunnyside, Queens native ranks as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 181, despite playing just 12 games his senior season due to a severe calf injury.
While at St. John’s, Werdann made three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, helping the school to a Big East Championship and the NCAA Regional Finals his junior year (1990-91). As a freshman, Werdann played a pivotal role in St. John’s capturing the 1989 NIT Championship.
A well-recruited big man in high school, Werdann earned McDonald’s High School All-American honors his senior season (1988) and was a teammate of Seattle Supersonics guard Kenny Anderson at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York City.
Werdann was born September 12, 1970 in New York City. A St. John’s graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, Werdann has worked as a radio commentator for the Denver Nuggets and the Yakima Sun Kings. Werdann is extremely active in community service, currently participating in NBDL’s Read To Achieve and Jumpball Clinics programs. While in Denver, Werdann was the Nuggets spokesman for Adult Literacy