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Player Profile: Herb Pope

First, if you aren't familiar with Herb Pope, I highly suggest you check out the piece from the New York Times, written back in 2007, before Pope's freshmen season with New Mexico State. rated Pope as the class of 2007’s 34th-best player and 9th-best power forward. But based on his talent, he should have been a top-10 player, said Dave Telep, the Web site’s national basketball recruiting analyst.

Also, check out the NY Post feature written last week on Pope's journey to Seton Hall.

Pope, a 6-8, 235 PF from Aliquippa, PA was highly scouted by Maryland, Texas and Oklahoma, before choosing New Mexico State due to the lengthy distance from his hometown and his close relationship with then-coach Reggie Theus. Things began roughly at NMSU as Theus left before Pope played his first game. To make matters worse, Pope was found ineligible and forced to sit on the bench at NMSU during his first semester in 2007. After being cleared in January, he averaged 11.1pts/6.8rbs.

Once the season ended, Pope decided to return east, choosing SHU to ensure he would be closer to his daughter and young brother. The sophomore will add a tremendous rebounding and scoring element under the basket that Seton Hall hasn't seen since the Kelly Whitney era. Head Coach, Bobby Gonzalez goes as far as saying:

"Herb Pope is the key. He's the potential pro that we haven't had," said Gonzalez. "He's a very talented player who has worked hard to get better. He changes our expectations."

A couple Herb Pope highlight dunk reels: