2006 Michigan Center: One to Watch

He is no Greg Oden, but at 6-foot-11, 210-pounds, Tom Herzog is a 2006 center that will make an impact on the high major level. Herzog out of Flint Power High School in Flint, Mich., is still developing as a player just as his recruitment is also beginning to develop.
“I like the Michigan schools,” said Herzog after one of his games with the 16-under Michigan Hurricanes at the TOC. “No one has really started recruiting me.”
Although Herzog understates the issue, Michigan State has already been to Flint, Mich., for an in-school visit. And many more schools are soon to follow although the in-state schools do have an edge.
“I am open to go anywhere, but I would prefer to stay close to home,” he said.
Watching Herzog, with his long physique, solid footwork, and composure with the ball, brings up images of a future Chris Kaman, who stared at Central Michigan and was then a lottery pick in last years draft.
Herzog does need to gain weight and develop his strength, which he is fully aware of and working on.
“I need to get better at getting lower position and not getting pushed out by stronger players,” he said. “I am also working on my mid-range game and my jump shot. I just need to get stronger and in better condition.”
It is what Herzog does without the ball, however, that is most impressive. He is an outstanding shot blocker.
“I feel like I can block any shot,” he said. “My timing is very good.”