A quick first step and he was past the defender for the layup. Chris Herren is possibly the best high school basketball player to come out of Fall River, Massachussetts. A McDonald’s All-American in 1994, Herren scored a career 2,073 points and was inducted into the Durfee High School Hall of Fame. Herren was also twice selected the Gatorade New England Player of the year (1993-94). Herren had a very promising NBA career to look forward to, but constant struggles with drug addiction and alcohol would change that.
Herren would have been a top 5 pick in the 1999 NBA draft, but he fell to the 2nd round and was picked 33rd overall as teams were reluctant to take a chance on him due to his issues with drugs and alcohol.
Chris Herren’s story is a tough one. It is a story of an individual who was given several chances at life. In hopes of benefiting others, Chris is telling his story through his book Basketball Junkie:A Memoir . It is a tough but very intriguing read. Herren’s story was also a feature documentary on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
Chris was generous enough to spend some time with us here on The Giving Athlete. One can only imagine how tough it is to tell a story like this over and over. Chris is telling his story in hopes of benefiting and helping others who may have or continue to struggle with similar issues he dealt with. Take a listen.