Ruperto Herrera Tabio (CUB)
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2015 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame: Ruperto Herrera Tabio (CUB)

MIES (2015 FIBA Hall of Fame) - On Friday 17 July, FIBA announced the 2015 Class of Inductees of the FIBA Hall of Fame. In the lead-up to the Induction Ceremony taking place on 19 September in Lille, France, we profile the inductees.

No one stands higher in the history of Cuban basketball than Ruperto Herrera Tabio.

A four-time Olympian and two-time participant at FIBA Basketball World Cups, Herrera was a 1.98m bundle of energy, someone who not only made big plays but helped those around him reach their best level of performance.

Born in Havana in December of 1949, Herrera suited up for club sides Capitalinos, Industriales (1964-1982) and Habana during his famous career in the Caribbean country.

He played with both flair and grit.

Of the four Olympics in which he wowed the crowds - Mexico (1968), Munich (1972), Montreal (1976) and Moscow (1980) - one is treasured the most.

In Germany, Herrera led the team to a 66-65 Bronze Medal Game triumph over Italy.

Both he and Pedro Chappe poured in 14 points apiece in that glorious win which gave the Cubans their only podium finish at an Olympics or FIBA Basketball World Cup.

A couple of years later, at the World Cup in Puerto Rico, Herrera, Chappe and Alejandro Urgelles were protagonists for a Cuba team that finished fourth.

They suffered heartbreak in both the Semi-Finals and Final, losing 98-97 to Puerto Rico in the former and 85-80 to Brazil in the latter.

In that battle for third against the Brazilians, Herrera scored 16 points.

There were many other competitions in which Herrera proudly wore the Cuba jersey.

He took part in three World University Games, seven Centrobaskets, four Pan American Games and five Sports American and Caribbean Games.

After his playing days, Herrera remained involved in the sport.

He was elected as the Cuban Basketball Federation President in 1985.

Among his many duties off the hardwood has been to serve as a Member of FIBA's Central Board FIBA (1986-1994) and as Vice President of the Cuban Olympic Committee (1977).