The No. 42 ranked player in the class of 2006 Tom Herzog is at 6-foot-11, 215-pounds and still growing. The soon to be 7-footer from Flint Powers High School in Flint, Mich., is a skilled offensive player and defensive shot blocker. As he gets stronger, he will be more effective as a scorer. Right now, at least four schools have offers on the table for Herzog.
"Tom likes Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA and Richmond,” said Herzog’s AAU coach Chris Grier of the Michigan Hurricanes. “All of them have offered. I would imagine that Michigan is leading. Tom has been up there a couple times and really liked it."
Although Herzog certainly has room for improvement in all aspects of his game, his time in the weight room will be the single most important factor in his development.
"Strength is the biggest thing Tom needs to work on,” said Grier. “He also needs to master a couple go to moves. His skill level is there. He just needs to get stronger and keep progressing."
Blessed with good feet and good hands, Herzog has the ability to score facing the basket and with his back to the basket. He does run into problems when he gets muscled by a stronger player.
Defensively, his length and timing make up for his lack of strength, leaving his defensive game ahead of his offensive game at the moment.
"His greatest strengths are his shot blocking and his rebounding,” said Grier. “Tom has good timing.
"Tom has a solid work ethic, but it could be better. He is a great kid and will do what ever you ask him to do."
As a student, Herzog carries a 3.6 GPA.