For episode 70 of the Hoopsfix podcast, we sit down with Delme Herriman, aka Mr Versatility, former England international and 13 year pro.
Herriman, who published his autobiography in 2010 chronicling the details of his life and basketball career, collected 77 caps for England, winning a Bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, alongside a more-than-decade-long professional career that saw him play in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and the UK.
The 6’6″ ‘point forward’ started games at the 1 through 4 positions, and would regularly stuff the statsheet flirting with triple doubles which earned him the nickname Mr Versatility.
Delme finished his college career at Wright State – where he was a four year starter – second all-time in games played, and third all-time in minutes played, but he lives forever in the memory of Raiders’ fans for hitting ‘The Shot’; the basket which saw WSU’s 71-70 victory over No.25 Ranked Xavier in the 1995 MCC Tournament, with just 1.1 seconds remaining.
In this 1 hour forty minute episode, hear from Delme on:
How he was first introduced to the game
The Manchester United basketball programme
What inspired him to take the game more seriously
How watching VHS tapes of Steve Bucknall and Karl Brown at college inspired him
Whether or not he had a natural ability for basketball
How he ended up getting out to the US through the Rotary International programme
Whether High School was what he expected it to be
The difference in mentality between Americans and English players
Growing up in Widnes compared to Urichsville the town he moved to in the US
Having to deal with racism
The recruitment process and why he chose Wright State
The impact that redshirting a year had on allowing him to adapt and improve
College life and living independently
Playing in front of 42,000 fans against Indiana in the NCAA tournament in his freshman year
Hitting ‘the shot’ to lead WSU to victory over Xavier in the MCC tournament
Whether or not he believed he had the talent to make the NBA
The Bosman ruling
Turning pro and his first contract in Italy with Trieste worth $90,000 a year
Falling out of love with the game
Returning home to play for the Manchester Giants after turning down a renewal offer from Trieste
Playing for England and his favourite memories with the national team
Coach Laszlo Nemeth and his impact
His time in the Netherlands
Winning a championship with Chester in the BBL
Making the transition to retire from playing
And much, much more!
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