Cancer Survivor Nick Herrmann Hit A Buzzer-Beater In The State Finals To Win
Nick Herrmann was told that he could never play basketball again. On Saturday, he hit a buzzer-beater to win the CIF San Diego Section championship.
HOLLYWOOD COULDN’T WRITE A STORY BETTER THAN THIS!!
After all that he’s been through…
— Torrey Pines Hoops (@TPHS_Basketball) June 13, 2021
Herrmann is a senior at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, California. He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, known as osteosarcoma, in his left leg. Doctors told him that he would never play basketball again and he might even lose his leg.
The diagnosis came in September 2018 and Herrmann set out to prove the experts wrong. After 70 days in the hospital, a year away from school and four surgeries, he had to learn how to run all over again. He beat the odds and walked.
After working his way back to the court, Herrmann reclassified as a junior and averaged 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. As a senior this year, he helped lead the Falcons to an undefeated regular season record.
In the State tournament with only one half-second remaining, Torrey Pines was tied at 60 with Cathedral Catholic. The winner would advance to the California State Championship bracket, the loser would have its season come to a close.
Herrmann got open, caught the inbound pass and threw up a three-pointer from near half court. He drained it and beat the buzzer. They Won!! 63-60.
— KUSI Sports (@KUSISports) June 13, 2021