Chris Herren Biography, Age, Family, Son, Wife, The First Day, Unguarded

Chris Herren Biography

Chris Herren is an American motivational speaker and former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and several leagues overseas.

He attended B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, from 1990 to 1994. His father, grandfather, older brother, and three uncles played basketball have a history at Durfee. Hefinished his basketball career from Durfee High with a total of 2,073 points, the most points ever scored by an individual at the school to this day.

He also turned down offers from The University of Kentucky and Duke University to play at Boston College. He was named the Boston Globe and Gatorade Player of the year in his senior year. Herren was also named to the McDonald’s All-America Team and was the central figure in a book about Durfee High basketball entitled Fall River Dreams.

Herren has spoken to over one million students, athletes and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. He founded the Herren project in 2011 to help individuals and family members find treatment and support for the disease of addiction. Herren project has become part of a larger community that guides individuals and their families through recovery working to break the stigma of addiction. To also bring awareness to the dangers of substance use and encourage positive decision-making to navigate life’s challenges.

Chris Herren Age

Herren was born on 27 September 1975 in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States. He is 43 years old as of 2018.

Chris Herren Family

Herren was born to Al Herren and Cynthia Herren. He has a brother Michael Herren. His father, grandfather, older brother, and three uncles also played basketball.

Chris Herren Wife

Herren is married to his childhood sweetheart Heather Herren.

Chris Herren Children

With his wife Heather, Herren has two sons; Drew Herren and Chris Herren jr and a daughter Samantha Herren.

Chris Herren Jr | Chris Herren Son

Herren’s son Chris Herren Jr, is also a basketball player. He committed to Boston College in August, signing a financial aid agreement. He saw action in all 31 games, earning eight starts and knocked down 2-of-3 from beyond the arc off the bench in the win over Loyola Chicago.

Chris Herren Jr
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Chris Herren Jr Age

Herren Jr is 24 years old as of 2019.

Chris Herren Net Worth

The American former proffesional basketball player has an estimated net worth of $100 thousand.

Chris Herren Basketball

Herren entered Boston college and was featured in multiple magazines such as Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated, hyping his possible success. He failed a drug test for marijuana and cocaine use before playing. In his first game for Boston College, he scored 14 points in 21 minutes of playing time, but he broke his wrist and he was ruled out for the entire 1994-1995 season. Within the three months of his injury, he failed two more drug tests for marijuana and cocaine use, he was finally expelled from the team and university.

Herren transferred to Fresno State to play basketball under coach Jerry Tarkanian. He made his debut as a sophomore, on December 10, 1996, for the Bulldogs after sitting out a year, per NCAA transfer rules. In his sophomore year, he averaged 31 points per game over his last four games and finished the season averaging 17.5 ppg. Herren was found to have failed another drug test on 25 November 1997. He went to a rehabilitation center for 28 days, and returned to the team on January 10, 1998.

He scored 29 points in the second round of the Great Alaska Shootout against No. 1 ranked Duke during his senior year. Fresno State lost the game, 93–82, which was nationally televised. He went on to play in 86 games at Fresno State where he averaged 15.1 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Chris Herren Celtics

He entered the NBA draft and was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the second round with the 33rd overall pick after his senior year at Fresno. He received his first time as a regular starter the following year as a member of the Boston Celtics. Coach Rick Pitino inserted him into the starting lineup after starting 2-3. Herren started seven games in a row, resulting in a 4–3 record while playing 29 minutes per night. He ended up playing 70 games from 1999 to 2001 as a member of the Nuggets and Celtics. Overall, Herren averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 assists per game for his NBA career. He went to play professionally for teams in Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, Germany and Iran after being released by the Celtics. He once scored 63 points in a CBA game for the Beijing Ducks.

Chris Herren Drug Use

Herren has struggled with substance abuse for much of his career. He started to use painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet while playing for the Boston Celtics. He was also charged with possession of heroin in the parking lot of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He overdosed on heroin and crashed into a utility pole in June 2004 in Fall River, Massachusetts. According to paramedics, Herren had been dead for 30 seconds.

Unguarded Chris Herren

ESPN aired a documentary, Unguarded, directed by Jonathan Hock, based upon Herren’s basketball career and drug-related issues in 2011. It was then announced that Unguarded had been nominated for two Emmys: Outstanding Sports Documentary and Outstanding Editing on March 20, 2012.

Chris Herren Documentary | Chris Herren The First Day

Herren’s documentary “The First Day” is a follow-up on Chris Herren from the film “Unguarded. The First Day premiered on ESPN 16 July 2019. Hock was moved and intrigued by Herren’s experience that he documented in Unguarded. Hock took his cameras and microphones and followed Herren on a dozen or so speaking engagements up and down the East Coast. This resulted to “The First Day,” a one-hour (including commercials) documentary showing what Herren’s talks have evolved into.

Chris Herren Herren Wellness

Herren founded Herren Wellness as a residential substance use, health, and wellness organization for men and women with the focus on guiding guests through a process of self-discovery. They help individuals uncover why they turn to unhealthy behaviors or substances, and give them the tools they need to live healthy, authentic, and substance-free lives.

They create personalized, sustainable wellness plans based on each individual guest’s needs and strengths.

Chris Herren Stats

Season Age Team Pos Games MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT
1999-00 24 Den PG 45 13.3 1 2.8 0.363 0.5 1.5 0.358 0.5 1.3 0.368 0.6
2000-01 25 Bos PG 35 16.3 1.2 3.8 0.302 0.6 2.2 0.291 0.5 1.6 0.317 0.4