AP poll: Michigan State looking up to Tom Herzog, UCF

Posted: December 28, 2010 by Jared Field in College

Even rabid MSU fans should acknowledge the humor in seeing the most recent AP Top 25 college basketball poll.

Former Flint Powers standout and former Spartan, Tom Herzog, has helped spur the University of Central Florida to a no.19 ranking, one slot ahead of his former team.

Herzog, despite an early-season injury, is the team’s leading shotblocker and tied for second on the team in rebounding. For some who believed Herzog should have been given more of an opportunity to be a contributor at MSU, this is vindication.

I think the jury’s still out on this one; it’s still too early in the season to really know much about his ability to be an impact player when given the opportunity.

By way of comparison, both teams have one victory over a ranked team this season.  MSU beat Washington (no longer ranked) and UCF beat Florida (no longer ranked).

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Comments
  1. I think it’s certainly clear Herzog could’ve been a rotation big for MSU last year. I’d hesitate to say he could’ve been an “impact” player, but his shot blocking certainly would’ve been valuable if nothing else.

    • Flintown says:

      TI strongly discourages shot blocking. “If you miss the block you are not in position to rebound”. TH was told last year by way of min.’s played that he was the worst player on the team. As he consistently clubed the starting bigs in pratice. That did not go unnoticed by TI. Yet, no opportunity.The same was in store this year. MSU for TH = Wrong coach wrong system.

  2. sabetodo says:

    I think he could’ve had a bigger impact than Nix, anyway.

  3. Corey says:

    Good for Tom. Recently read a great piece from FoxSports about this very topic, for those interested:

    http://www.yardbarker.com/blog/jeffgoodman/the_feel_good_story_of_former_michigan_state_big_man_tom_herzog/3843198

    Hopefully he can continue to help UCF win games especially as conference season starts.

  4. A. Biggers says:

    The Zog! Enough said. I’m happy for him.

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