Let’s get ready to rumble! At least that’s what Sonoma State’s 6-8 center, forward for Sonoma State’s men’s basketball team Justin Herald is surely doing now. Herald, a Santa Rosa native, started his basketball career his freshman year at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa.
However, not playing organized basketball until high school was not an obstacle Herald really had to overcome. As Herald started to adopt this new passion, he was named the North Bay league most valuable player his senior year.
His venture to becoming a Seawolf basketball player started with great achievements such as at Maria Carrillo High School, Herald was named MVP and most defensive player of the year. He also broke his high school’s all-time rebounding and scoring records. Talk about achievements.
It might be surprising when seeing him on the court knowing he didn’t start playing competitive basketball as other players did at college level, but Herald seemed to embrace his passion for the game a little more since lack of training cannot be seen while he is on the court.
Herald is now a senior at Sonoma State studying sociology; Herald will be graduating this spring of 2014. Herald started playing basketball as a Seawolf following his sophomore year after he transferred from Cal Poly. Unsurprisingly, now he is to be seen everywhere on the basketball court.
Herald’s achievements did not stop at high school level as he has become one of Sonoma’s greatest young players. Herald’s first achievement at SSU was becoming the school’s first CCAA Newcomer of the Year and then almost simultaneously Herald received the honor of being named an all-conference player; all his first year playing for Sonoma State.
“The closeness of the team is for sure the best part of playing at SSU,” Herald said.
After graduating Herald plans to play professional ball overseas, at this point he is open to any possibilities.
“My goal ever since high school was to play pro basketball and hopefully after this season the opportunity will present itself,” Herald said.
Herald claims Phil Jackson as his person he would ultimately love to meet. Who knows, maybe that opportunity will present itself as well.