Johannes Herber
Johannes Herber is a basketball
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 player who plays for WALTER Tigers Tübingen in the German Basketball Bundesliga. In 2006, he completed a U.S. college
College basketball
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 career at West Virginia University
West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball
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. In America, he was generally known as Joe Herber.

College career

After being developed by the Langen
Langen, Hesse
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 club in Germany, he received several professional offers in Europe, but turned them down in favor of a U.S. college career. The 6'6", 200 lb (1.98 m, 91 kg) all-around guard became the second recruit of new West Virginia coach John Beilein
John Beilein
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 in 2002. Herber went on to start every game of his four-year WVU career, setting school records for most games started and minutes played. He also finished his college career as WVU's fifth-leading assist man. Herber, alongside with Kevin Pittsnogle
Kevin Pittsnogle
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 and Mike Gansey
Mike Gansey
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, was a key player on the Mountaineers' NCAA regional finalists in 2005
2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
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 and highly-ranked 2006 team. Herber also had an outstanding academic record at WVU, graduating with a 4.0 GPA in political science
Political science
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 and gaining entry to the Order of Augusta, WVU's highest undergraduate honor. He was named three times by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as an Academic All-American.

German national team

During his time at WVU, he spent his summers with the German junior national team, competing in the 2005 World University Games
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. He was also a member of the German senior national squad
Germany national basketball team
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 for the 2006 World Championship. Herber played in seven games as Germany advanced to the quarter-finals before losing to Team USA
United States national basketball team
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. He averaged 4.3 points per game in the tournament.

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