Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Schnider Herard, a 6-foot-10 center from Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian, has committed to Mississippi State.
The No. 5-ranked center in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, Herard chose the Bulldogs over Kansas, Purdue and Texas Tech.
“Coach [Ben] Howland is a great coach that knows what it takes to get to the Final Four, and I have the best opportunity to play as a freshmen,” Herard told ESPN.
“The most important thing in his decision is going to be the ability to play right away,” Derrick Shelby, Herard’s guardian, previously told goldandblack.com. “That’s No. 1. So many kids go to these schools and sit there for a year or two. He’d like to be able to play right away. There’s no question about that. That’s the No. 1 criteria.”
Herard is the fourth commit in the class for the Bulldogs, joining Eli Wright, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter, which now ranks the Mississippi State class No. 5 in the nation by Scout.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.