Herren talked about his drug use and drinking going back to when he was a teenager. He said that basketball caused a lot of anxiety for him and drug use was an outlet.
Herren was at Boston College before transferring to Fresno State. Herren said that B.C. was strict and didn’t put up with anything. Fresno exhausted every resource to help him. But it didn’t work because he wasn’t ready to get better.
“I look back and it’s a blur,” Herren said. “When I had to read the book for editing purposes, I wanted to go back and shake this kid up.”