Chris Herren

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Chris Herren
Chris Herren at the NEBBHOF.jpg
Personal information
Born (1975-09-27) September 27, 1975 (age 40)
Fall River, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Durfee (Fall River, Massachusetts)
College Boston College (1994–1995)
Fresno State (1996–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 1999–2006
Position Point guard
Career history
1999–2000 Denver Nuggets
2000–2001 Boston Celtics
2001 Skipper Bologna
2002 Galatasaray
2002–2003 Beijing Ducks
2003–2004 Jiangsu Dragons
2004 Energy Braunschweig
2005 Paykan
2006 Anwil Wloclawek
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-WAC (1998)
  • McDonald's All American (1994)

Christopher Albert Herren (born September 27, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and several leagues overseas.[1]

Basketball career[edit]

High school[edit]

Herren attended Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts from 1990-1994. His family's history at Durfee includes his father, grandfather, older brother, and three uncles who played basketball. Herren finished his career at Durfee High with a total of 2,073 points, the most points ever scored by an individual at the school to this day. Herren turned down offers from schools such as The University of Kentucky and Duke University to play at Boston College.[2] In his senior year, Herren was named the Boston Globe and Gatorade Player of the year. He also was named to the McDonald's All-America Team.[3] Herren was the central figure in a book about Durfee High basketball entitled Fall River Dreams.,[4]

College career[edit]

Boston College, 1994[edit]

Entering Boston College, Herren was featured in multiple magazines such as Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated, hyping his possible success.[5] Before playing, Herren failed a drug test for marijuana and cocaine use.[3] On November 25, 1994, in his first game for Boston College, Herren scored 14 points in 21 minutes of playing time,[6] but broke his wrist and was ruled out for the entire 1994-1995 season. Within three months of his injury, Herren failed two more drug tests for marijuana and cocaine use, and was subsequently expelled from the team and the university.[5]

Fresno State, 1995–1999[edit]

After being kicked out of school, Herren transferred to Fresno State to play basketball. After sitting out a year, per NCAA transfer rules, Herren made his debut, as a sophomore, on December 10, 1996, for the Bulldogs.[5] During his sophomore year, Herren averaged 31 points per game over his last four games and finished the season averaging 17.5 ppg. On November 25, 1997, Herren was found to have failed another drug test. After going to a rehabilitation center for 28 days, Herren returned to the team on January 10, 1998.[2] During his senior season, Herren scored 29 points in the 2nd round of the Great Alaska Shootout against #1 ranked Duke. Fresno lost the game 93-82, which was nationally televised. Herren went on to play in 86 games at Fresno State where he averaged 15.1 points and 5.1 assists per game.[6]

Professional career, 1999-2006 After his senior year at Fresno State, Herren entered the NBA draft and was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the second round with the 33rd overall pick.[6] After starting off 2-3, coach Rick Pitino inserted Herren into the starting lineup. He started seven games in a row resulting in a 4-3 record while averaging 5.8 ppg and 4 apg while playing 29 minutes a contest. Herren ended up playing 70 games from 1999-2001 as a member of the Nuggets and Boston Celtics, averaging 3.2 points and 2.4 assists per game for his NBA career.[6] After being released by the Celtics, Herren went to play professionally for teams in Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran.[5] Herren once scored 63 points in a CBA game for the Beijing Ducks.

Drug use[edit]

As of 2011, Herren had seven felonies on his record, all drug related.[2] In his time at Boston College, he failed two drug tests while failing another at Fresno State.[3] While playing for the Boston Celtics, Herren started to use painkillers such as OxyContin, vicodin, and percocet.[5] In December 2004, Herren was charged with possession of heroin and driving under the influence with a revoked license in the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.[7] Upon returning from playing overseas, Herren started to purchase and use crystal meth. In Fall River, Massachusetts, Herren overdosed on heroin and crashed into a utility pole. According to paramedics, he had been dead for thirty seconds.[8]


After completing intensive rehabilitation programs, Herren has been alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008.[9] In June 2009, Herren launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company to mentor players on and off the court.[10] Herren has written a book with Providence Journal columnist Bill Reynolds entitled Basketball Junkie: A Memoir, documenting his career on and off the court. Basketball Junkie was released in May 2011.[11] In 2011, ESPN aired a documentary, Unguarded, directed by Jonathan Hock, based upon Herren's basketball career and drug related issues. On March 20, 2012, it was announced that Unguarded had been nominated for two Emmys: Outstanding Sports Documentary and Outstanding Editing.[12] Herren now travels the United States sharing his story about his drug abuse and how he is overcoming it with professional sports teams, universities, colleges and high school students.[13]


  1. ^ "Profile: Chris Herren". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Unguarded. Dir. Jonathan Hock. Team Marketing, 2011. DVD.
  3. ^ a b c Johnson, Jennifer. "From Basketball Star to Junkie". Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Herren has it all, by Pat Bigold, Star-Bulletin, published February 26, 1999
  5. ^ a b c d e Reynolds, Bill (2012). Basketball Junkie: A Memoir. St. Martin's Griffin. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Chris Herren". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Hoop Dreams Deferred: The Sad Tale of Chris Herren, The Heights, published December 4, 2006
  8. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian. "Herren's bio shows dark side". Yahoo. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Changing of the Guard: Finally Clean and Sober, Herren Ready To Embrace Post-Basketball Life,, published May 31, 2009
  10. ^ Transition Game, Newport Daily News, published July 29, 2009
  11. ^ Book Details Rise of Celtics, South Coast Today, published November 13, 2010
  13. ^ After Drugs Drove Him From The NBA, WBUR Boston's NPR News Station, published October 1, 2011

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