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Cal basketball recruiting: Schnider Herard puts Bears in top 5, plans to visit eventually

The top-four center out of Texas put Cal in his top 5 and plans to visit eventually.

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After having a good start to the 2016 recruiting cycle, Cuonzo Martin is looking to add a big man to the class. As of now, his main target is TJ Leaf, a top-15 player out of Southern California. However, there are some very intriguing options behind TJ Leaf, one of which is center Schnider Herard, a top-4 center in the class out of Prestonwood Christian in Texas.

The main player Cal has to worry about here is Kansas, who seems to be the early favorite in the Herard sweepstakes. Cal has yet to get very involved in Herard's recruitment because they have been in Australia, but they will get a visit according to Evan Daniels of Scout.

Herard's road to becoming an elite recruit wasn't an easy one, however. He grew up in Haiti, a country where poverty and crime are prevalent. In addition, he had to endure the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that measured a 7.0 on the Richter scale and caused lots of destruction. He recalls walking outside and seeing people covered in dirt, crying. He also mentions that he has people back home that depend on him.

At 6-10, 240, Herard is a force to be reckoned with in the paint and is extremely athletic for his size. Herard has no trouble running the floor and slamming down putback dunks. More importantly though, he has an impressive post-up game, and seems to score at will when he gets the ball on the block. His hook shot and post moves are at a high enough level that he could play from day 1 on campus.

Herard would likely stay for a few years and would provide depth at the center spot for years to come. Cal has a chance to put together another stellar class in the Cuonzo Martin-era. And as Martin said it best: WHY NOT CAL?