Former Bruin Boomer Herndon Selected in NBDL Draft

Former Bruin Boomer Herndon Selected in NBDL Draft

Nov. 10, 2008

ATLANTA, GA. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball standout Boomer Herndon (Nashville, Tenn.) was selected by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2008 NBA Developmental League Draft this past weekend.

Herndon, a two-time Second Team All-Atlantic Sun selection, averaged 18.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game on nearly 72 percent shooting from the floor this past year for CS Otopeni Bucaresti of the Romanian Professional League.

The 6-11 center ranks among Belmont's career leaders in field goal percentage (.592), rebounding average (6.3) and blocked shots (102). Herndon spent the first two years of his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee.

Herndon, part of Belmont's NCAA Tournament teams in 2006 (UCLA) and 2007 (Georgetown), was chosen in the sixth round of the NBDL Draft.

Other notable members of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers include former Los Angeles Laker point guard James `Smush' Parker, former University of Tennessee forward Stanley Asumnu, and former Wake Forward University swingman Trent Strickland.

Herndon was one of three former Atlantic Sun Conference players selected, joining Gardner-Webb's Thomas Sanders (Rio Grande) and Lipscomb's Eddie Ard (Utah). The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are affiliated with the NBA's Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets.

Approximately 20 percent of players on 2008-09 NBA opening day rosters have spent time in the NBDL.

Former University of Florida forward Chris Richard was selected No. 1 overall.

Herndon reports to Rio Grande training camp this Thursday; the team's regular season opener is Friday, Nov. 28 versus Tulsa.