VICTORIA Sports-MLQU gunner Robbie Herndon is quietly making a name for himself while going up against more popular college stars like Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Rey Nambatac among others in the ongoing PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.
Some might remember him as the player who beat retired two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller in the Red Bull King of the Rock one-one-one tournament last year. But there's more to Herndon than his conquest of the Philippine basketball legend, as his performance in the D-League shows.
Herndon ranks fourth in scoring with 18.6 points, ninth in rebounds with 8.6 boards, and second in steals with 1.8 swipes. The Fil-American cager, who played for San Francisco State in NCAA Division II, also adds 3.8 assists to his tally and led Victoria Sports to its first win in five games this conference at the expense of Jose Rizal University.
Herndon has naturally put himself in the MVP picture halfway through the season-opening Aspirants' Cup, but he has bigger things in mind than winning the highest individual award in the D-League.
Aside from helping his team win more games, the Victoria top gun is eyeing a PBA stint.
"I've been playing basketball all my life. I've always had a dream to come here and continue my basketball career here. That's what I'm trying to do," said Herndon.
"I just work hard. I wanna help my team win. I don't care too much about my stats and how many times I scored, I just wanna do what it takes to win," he added.
One of those things he’s working on to achieve his PBA dream, Herndon admitted, is adjusting to the Philippine style of play. He's obviously not there yet.
“I'll give myself a C+. I'm still trying to get used to the calls, there's a lot of calls I feel that I should have but it's a different kind of ball game here than it is in the States," he said.
"I gotta get used to that. I don't know. After five games, I would say I'm pretty much getting the feel for it. I'm starting to fit in," added Herndon
He’s also set his sights on turning things around for Victoria Sports.
"I feel that I needed to step up every game. We're a young team; some say we're inexperienced," he said.
"It's the first time a lot of these players played here including myself. The coaches and players look to me to be a leader on and off the court so I feel I need to bring my A-game every day," Herndon added.