Despite all the turnover on the LMU roster this past offseason, the Lions have a chance to be much better in the frontcourt.
Although Gabe Levin, Ben Dickinson, Nick Stover and C.J. Blackwell all transferred away from the University, and Alex Osbourne graduated, the Lions bring in a solid crop of freshmen and Godwin Okonji, Patson Siame and Marin Mornan return as well.
Petr Herman, one of the aforementioned talented freshmen, projects to be a great replacement for Gabe Levin, who was phenomenal as a freshmen last season for the Lions.
White at Canarias Basketball Academy
Herman attended the Canarias Basketball Academy, the same school Portland center Thomas van der Mars attended, along with fellow LMU freshmen Simon Krajcovic. Herman averaged 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds his junior season at CBA, and was sidelined his senior season reportedly with an ACL-injury.
The Czech Republic native played for his country in the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 U18 European Championships, playing in Division A in 2012 and in Division B in 2013. The 6-foot-10 power forward performed admirably in the first division, averaging 9.2 points, 4.3 rebound and 1.2 steals and helping Czech Republic to a 15th place finish.
In Division B the following year, Herman averaged 9.4 points and 5.0 rebounds, including a 13 point, 10 rebound performance against Estonia.
Impact at LMU
Herman is a tall and versatile stretch forward that possesses many of the same skills as Gabe Levin, who shined as a freshman last season for LMU.
LMU needs a player like Herman to open up the floor for its guards. Herman can provide that with his shooting ability, and he can keep the defense honest with his driving ability.
In his first year as a Lion, you can expect Herman to play big minutes, and possibly even start for the Lions in his debut season.