Another 2020 prospect that has benefited a great deal thus far from the spring evaluation period has been Mountain Pointe High School's tough, bruising forward prospect, 6-foot-8, 250-pound junior DeAndre Henry. While playing for his club program, Powerhouse Hoops Elite 17U Elite, Henry has received several division-I offers for himself this spring, and is one of the hottest prospects currently in Arizona's 2020 Class.
Scholarship offers are very hard to come by these days, as college coaches begin to scrutinize the available talent more and more, with so many prospects to evaluate these days. Henry is one prospect that has benefited nicely from the exposure given this spring. While playing for a club program that has been well known for producing quality Division-I prospects over the year, Henry has seen his college recruitment really take off thus far this club season.
After entering the club season as one prospect in Arizona's 2020 Class that many college coaches wanted to see perform, Henry has gained strong recruiting interest as a result of his strong play this spring.
As a result of his strong play, Henry has received offers from Portland State, South Dakota and Northern Arizona. He currently does not seem to have a clear leader in his college recruitment, and looks to have set himself up for a strong remainder of the spring and also a strong summer evaluation period.
Henry is a strong, two-sport star athlete, and chose to play college basketball over a career in football, even though he is one of the top college football recruits in the country. Henry chose basketball even though he was being recruited by the very best football programs in the country, including Alabama. His love and passion for basketball outweighed his love for the sport of football, and it is really paying off for the talented forward prospect.
After a sophomore season where he helped his Mountain Pointe program to a 6A state runner-up finish, last season Henry averaged 9.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per/game for the Pride, as the team finished with a 22-7 overall record this season, before falling to Perry HS in the 6A state playoffs. His numbers will improve a great deal next high school season, as he will become his program's most dominant inside force. This season, Henry teamed up with Arizona State signee Jalen Graham to give the Pride the state's most talented and imposing frontcourt.
I will continue to follow the recruitment and progress of Henry closely, and bring you updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: DeAndre is a very intriguing prospect as a four man, as he is a tough customer with a hard-nosed approach to the game. A big, strong and athletic performer who plays with a very high motor. He’s a tough, gritty player who can really affect the game on both ends of the floor. He’s a capable shooter from mid-range, but is very effective finishing around the rim, as he has great touch and footwork. A strong offensive rebounder that plays with a gritty style of play, and is active on the glass on both ends of the floor. A strong competitor that accepts challenges on the court. Runs the floor hard. A strong finisher at the rim, and gets to the free-throw line quite often. Enjoys physical contact. A strong shotblocker. A good passer out of the low post. Capable of guarding multiple positions defensively. Look for his stock to rise all summer, as he’s already receiving a lot of interest from D-I programs.