Chris Herren Stops By Hudson Valley High School
If you've never heard the name Chris Herren, his story will make you always remember his name.
Chris was a rising basketball star in the mid-'90s as he played college basketball at Boston College in 1994 until he failed a bunch of drug tests and was expelled from the team and the university.
After being kicked out of Boston College, Herren transferred to Fresno State where during his sophomore year Herren averaged 31 points per game over his last four games, according to Wikipedia.
Once Chris was done at college he was set for the NBA draft and was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the second round with the 33rd overall pick. He also played for the Boston Celtics during his short NBA career due to drugs.
Chris' struggles with substance abuse started at an early age and cost him so much but his story is truly amazing and if you have never watched the ESPN film Unguarded, I highly recommend it as it is based on Herren's basketball career and drug-related issues.
When I heard that one of the local high schools was bringing Chris in to share his story, I definitely wanted to be there, and thanks to Roy C. Ketcham principal Dave Seipp and a few of the great teachers at RCK, I was able to meet Chris and see him interact with some of the kids.
Just an awesome guy and what a great job by our local schools bringing in someone like this to spread his message.
If you would like more info on what Chris does you can check out The Herren Project and Project Purple.
Chris Herren now travels the United States sharing his story about his drug abuse and how he is overcoming it with professional help.