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Prospect Profile

Herb Pope

  • Full Name: Herb Pope
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 235
  • Birthdate: January 4, 1989
  • College: Seton Hall

Strengths:
* Great competitor
* Good athlete
* Great rebounder
* Rugged low-post operator
* Great shot blocker

Weaknesses:
* Doesn’t have ideal size for the power forward spot
* Free-throw shooting
* Has had numerous off-the-court issues

NBA projection:
Pope has turned up in some mock drafts as a second-round pick. He’s got skills that translate to the NBA, notably his rebounding ability.

2011-12 Season:
Pope averaged a career-best 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds, second best in the Big East, in earning third-team all-conference honors. Pope scored a career-high 32 points in the title game of the Charleston Classic and became one of only six Seton Hall players in history to amass more than 1,100 points and 900 rebounds.

Key statistics:
15.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.6 tpg, 1.1 spg, 1.7 bpg, 31.4 mpg, .471 FG, .354 3PT, .615 FT

Cool statistic:
Pope finished the season as the Big East’s active career leader in double-doubles (36), 17 of which he racked up in 2011-12.

Reminds me of:
Kenneth Faried

What Insiders Say:
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard
"He has an unbelievable ability to rebound the basketball. He has the ability and really the tenacity that a lot of kids don’t understand. He wants every rebound. He just has that great natural ability to go get the basketball."

What Outsiders Say:
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"We go back a long way [Pope originally committed to Pitt]. I’m glad he’s found his place. I’m rooting for him."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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