Former Hart star Herman starting over at The Master’s
Perhaps Herman’s greatest strength is his versatility. At 6-foot-2, he can play either point or shooting guard and is also athletic enough to cover some small forwards. “I’ve seen Josh enough this summer to know that we’re not going to be able to keep him off the floor once the regular season starts,” The Master’s coach Chuck Martin said. “He has a love and desire for the game that’s contagious. “He’s very skilled and more importantly, does all the little things that you can’t teach. Some players just have it. It’s a great attribute. We’re tickled to have him here and can’t wait to see his development.” There’s no guaranteed spot for him in the Mustangs’ starting lineup, according to Martin. And that’s just fine with Herman. He understands that The Master’s returns five experienced players from last season to go along with a solid recruiting class, featuring three other freshmen hoping to earn playing time. “College is different from high school because everyone here works hard,” Herman said. “I’m up for the challenge, though. I’m here to contribute and I think I can at this level.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Things have certainly changed for Josh Herman over the course of the past year. In a little more than an 11-month span, he went from being a Hart High senior-to-be and one of the top prep basketball players in the area to just another one of the incoming, wide-eyed freshmen at The Master’s College, hoping to find a way to fit in with the NAIA program. “I’m used to being a leader, that’s always been my mind-set,” Herman said. “Now, it’s like I’m starting all over. I’m going to have to battle everyday. I’ll do whatever it takes.” One of the things Herman has going for him is a great work ethic. He’s been participating in voluntary workouts on campus for the better part of the past two months and typically is the first one in the gym and the last one out. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Such resolve shouldn’t come as a big surprise, considering the success he enjoyed during four years at Hart, two of which came at the varsity level. Herman improved each season and averaged 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals as a senior, drawing the attention of recruiters from Cal Baptist and Biola before choosing to stay close to home at The Master’s, a mere 20 minutes away from his house. “Talk about a great kid, if I could have had 10 Josh Hermans on my team, life would have been much easier,” Hart coach Tom Kelly said. “He’s an incredibly coachable player and totally committed. He lives in the gym. “Good things happen to players who push themselves. The thing you need to know about Josh is that he’s going to outwork everyone. When it comes down to it, he wants it more than most.” It appears as if there might be an opportunity for Herman to make an immediate impact at The Master’s, which is hoping to turn things around after finishing 10th out of 11 teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference a season ago.