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Still in the Game: Senor's influence being felt in Capitol City

Former Quincy University point guard Herm Senor II is using basketball as a way to impact youth in his hometown of Springfield, Ill. | Photo for the H-W/Justin Fowler, Springfield State Journal-Register
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 29, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 10:33 am

 

This is the latest story in the "Still in the Game" series, which chronicles former area high school and college athletes who have pursued a professional career that keeps them involved with athletics.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Herm Senor II received much more than his father's name.

With it came a sense of responsibility, influence and civic pride.

Now, basketball is helping him follow in his father's footsteps while creating a legacy all his own.

A 2017 graduate of Quincy University and the starting point guard on the Hawks' winningest team in the past four decades, Senor spent two seasons playing professionally in England. However, he's been home the last 18 months or so and began training individual players and small groups.

"It's helping facilitate the growth of basketball in Springfield and the development of the kids I'm working with," Senor said. "I hope it's having an impact."

It's clear it is.

Earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down, Senor put on a free clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois. It's opened other doors for training purposes, and the hope is it might lead to a basketball academy and camps and clinics.

"I'm working with another trainer in the area and trying to build that up," Senor said.

Seeing the impact coaching and training can have began long before Senor ran his first session.

It came alongside his dad.

Herman Senor has been a leader in the Springfield community throughout his adult life, serving as alderman, working with the Illinois Department of Transportation, officiating high school basketball, being a part of his church and coaching youth basketball.

"He set a good example for me," Senor said. "Along with him and the rest of my family, it was kind of easy to follow along and see ways where I could take a step of my own, in my own positive direction and make an impact."

That first step came while at QU.

Senor was a three-year starter who engineered back-to-back 20-win seasons with a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. His senior season the Hawks went 25-7, which is tied for the second most single-season victories in program history, as he dished out 204 assists and averaged 11.6 points.

He ranks second in program history with 484 career assists and is among the top 30 scorers with 1,090 career points.

Yet, it was his work during the summer at individual and team camps that made the largest impression.

"It opened my eyes to how you impact the kids and when they come back how much it means to them to see you giving time and showing them some things," Senor said. "I always saw the potential in what I could do with that and the benefit it has for the kids. That's what it is really about.

"It's to help the kids be leaders and with their growth on the court and off the court. I'm trying to make sure they understand the things I went through in my journey they will probably go through and I can help them in that way."

It's how he has adapted to being in the spotlight and understanding eyes will be on him because of his role as athletic success.

"My grandma would always speak to the fact people are always going to be watching what I do and God will always be watching what I do," Senor said. "I have a lot of family and friends in Springfield who notice me and they're noticing and wanting to be a part of things I had going."

That's opened other doors.

Senor created his social media advertising and marketing venture, a business called GoodEnuf2. It's allowed him to showcase many of the positive things going on in Springfield and give back to the community, like organizing GoodEnuf2 Feeds the Community with Clay's Popeye's BBQ, which helped deliver 300 meals to those in needs during the pandemic.

"My closest family and friends are into music and art and things like that," Senor said. "I like to support them and go to their events because they always supported me as well. So it's been very natural to want to be a part of that.

"I'm around a lot of creative people who like to design things. If I can help facilitate and bring resources to that and bring it to fruition, I definitely want to do that. The basketball world opens you up to a lot of people. It's my own twist on some of the things I've learned throughout life."

It started with lessons at home -- from a father who has had a remarkable influence, from a mother, Valerie, who has provided stability, from sisters who have taught him respect.

"A lot of people have a lot in their hearts and a lot to offer once you listen to them and open your mind to helping them in a way that benefits everyone," Senor said. "That's what we were created to do, to help each other. If we listen to one another, that's the first step."

Senor is one worth listening to.