Herenton is a 6-foot-1 guard from Chicago, Illinois. He joins the Stanford Cardinal basketball team as a walk-on. Herenton turned down a scholarship offer to play basketball at Dartmouth in favor of life in Palo Alto.
Herenton won the Chicago City Championship in 2013 and the 4A Illinois State Championship has a Junior at Whitney Young High School before playing at Stevenson as a Senior.
The high school hoops landscape in Chicago one of the best and most competitive in the country. Rodney was certainly an impact player. Scott Burgess, an expert recruiting analyst for PrepHoopsIllinois.com, describe Rodney like this to the Chicago Tribune:
Rodney is a guy who is a do-it-all player who is gritty and tough and does the little things well. He has a good mid-range game and is a very productive player. He might not have one thing where you can say he does great, but he does a lot of things well.
Check out this pair of highlight films from Rodney’s sophomore and junior:
Herenton is looking to work his way into Jerod Haase’s program. With experienced guards returning, it is unclear if he will be playing for the Cardinal this season. But with a quick first step, a drive to compete, and experience playing in competitive Chicago high school scene, it is possible that Rodney Herenton could find a role for Stanford sooner rather than later.
Whatever Rodney’s situation ends up being in the 2016-17 season, there isn’t a good reason to not have Herenton give a halftime performance at Maples Pavilion. He’s pretty skilled with the ivories.