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Carl Herrera, Venezuela
Nba.com: Herrera started playing in the Liceo Simón Bolívar of Caracas, a Venezuelan high school team. In 1984, his first season in the "Liga Especial de Baloncesto" in Venezuela, Herrera was named Rookie of the Year in 1984. He led this same league in blocks in 1986, 1987 and 1989, in rebounds in 1989 and 1990, in field goals in 1985, 1986 and 1988, besides being named the Most Valuable Player in the Season of 1990 in which won the Championship with Bravos de Portuguesa. In 1987 he went to the Jacksonville, where he remained up to 1989. He played with the University of Houston in the 1989-1990 season. He was the Southwest Conference's Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-SWC selection in his only season with the Cougars, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting .565 from the field.
He debuted with the national selection of
Venezuela when he was only 16 years old. He was a member of the Venezuelan
National Team that got to the South American Championship of Nations in Valencia
Carabobo. In 1991, he fought in the Tournament finally in Portland Oregon
against the Dream Team representatives of the United States. Then he played in
the Olympic Games of Barcelona (1992).
Name: Carl Víctor Herrera Allen
Postion: Power Forward
Schools: Jacksonville Community College (TX '87-89), University of Houston '90
Drafted: 1990, Second Round, 30th pick by the Miami Heat (rights traded along with Dave Jamerson to the Houston Rockets for the rights to Alec Kessler)
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English
Teams (jersey): Venezuelan National Team (11), Liceo Simón Bolívar, Bravos of Portuguesa, Real Madrid, Houston Rockets (7), San Antonio Spurs (11), Vancouver Grizzlies (14)
Ibn Notes: Carl began playing basketball at 13 years of age. The first and only NBA player from Venezuela, Carl Herrera is a hard-working power forward who contributed to the Houston Rockets' 1994 championship run and also was a member of the 1995 title-winning team. He and his wife Monica have four children. A big fan of salsa music, his favorite artist is Oscar De Leon, a fellow Venezuelan and close friend. Herrera
was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the country in 1993 by Hispanic Business magazine.
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