Tulane basketball team signs Mikael Herbert of Finland

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane’s basketball program went great lengths to replenish its depleted roster.

Its latest signee provides unflappable evidence of the Green Wave’s recruiting breadth, hauling in Mikael Herbert from Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The 6-foot-10, 211-pounder is best known for his ability to shoot from the perimeter and is expected to stretch the floor, providing an offensive jolt for a team which lost its top four scorers from last season’s 20-15 team. The 19-year old spent the past two seasons with UU-Korihait, scoring 7.2 points and pulling down 2.9 rebounds in 23 minutes per game.

Herbert chose Tulane after making official visits to Nebraska, Providence, Long Beach State and Utah, while reportedly spurning invitations to visit Boston College and Kansas State along the way.

None of the schools got an up close look at Herbert’s game, however, since he was sidelined in February with a shoulder injury. Herbert met with Tulane team physician Dr. Buddy Savoie during his visit to New Orleans in early March and is expected to take the floor when the Green Wave’s season opens in November.

He’s the son of former Toronto Raptors’ assistant coach Gordon Herbert, who is now coaching in Germany. Neither Mikael nor Gordon Herbert were available for immediate comment.

He is the seventh newcomer to make his way onto coach Ed Conroy’s roster for the upcoming season, joining centers Ryan Smith and Ray Barreno, forward Payton Henson, swingmen Josh Hearlihy and Cameron Reynolds along with junior college point guard Malcolm Canada.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of Herbert playing basketball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJUwRmj92Y8&feature=player_embedded