PROFILE: CHRIS HERREN
- Inducted into the Durfee Sports Hall of Fame 2010
- Scored 2,073 Career Points
- 1994 McDonald’s All American
- Boston Globe, Massachusetts Player of the Year 1992, 1993, 1994
- Gatorade New England Player of the Year 1993, 1994
College – Fresno State University
- Ranked fifth in the nation in assists in 1998-99
- 2nd on the school’s career assists (465)
- 7th with 138 career steals
- All-WAC first team 1996 & 1997
- Denver Nuggets: Played in 45 games and contributed 3.1 points and 2.5 assists in 13.3 minutes per game
- Boston Celtics: Career-high 18 points Celtics against the Dallas Mavericks on 4/6/00
Off the Court:
As reported by numerous media outlets, Chris has struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy Award nominated ESPN documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject.
In June of 2009, he launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company that offers basketball training, camps, and clinics to top basketball prospects in New England.
Off the court, Chris Herren continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life. In inspiring presentations, he draws on his own history to convince audiences that it is never too late to follow your dreams and urges audience members to overcome their setbacks and start making the right choices. To support this vision, he founded The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance to families affected by addiction. In 2012 The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.
It is never too late to follow your dreams. It takes drive and follow thru to make your hoop dreams become a reality.
Chris resides in Portsmouth, RI with his wife and three children.