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Dallas guard commits to Wichita State men’s basketball

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.

Wichita State’s men’s basketball team added a third oral commitment from a player in the class of 2014 on Sunday.

Guard Corey Henderson Jr., from Episcopal School of Dallas, visited WSU on Thursday and Friday and told Shocker coaches his decision on Sunday afternoon.

“I like that Wichita State is a basketball school,” he said. “I really liked the coaching staff. It was real fun to watch (practice), real intense.”

Rivals.com ranks Henderson (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) a three-star prospect. He averaged 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. He earned all-district and All-Southwest Preparatory Conference honors as a junior.

His coach at Episcopal is his father, Corey Henderson, who played at Texas A&M in the mid-1990s.

“Some of it’s genetic and some of it is he’s got the passion,” his father said. “He’s a gym rat.”

Henderson said his son can play both guard positions, although point guard is his main job at Episcopal. He gets most of his points driving to the basket and on mid-range shots. When open, he makes spot-up three-pointers, his father said.

“He’s learned to be more aggressive attacking the basket,” Corey Henderson said. “They’re getting a really heady player. Great court vision. High IQ. He loves having that ball in his hands.”

Henderson, 6-foot-3, owns the physical tools to play good defense, his father said.

“It's an area where he can improve,” he said. “He's got the footwork, the athleticism.”

He also considered Saint Louis, TCU, Fresno State and Minnesota. Two sessions watching the Shockers practice convinced the Hendersons they liked coach Gregg Marshall’s style. The Shockers, Corey Henderson Jr., said, offered him a scholarship last fall. WSU focused its scholarships on big men over the summer, until it lost freshman D.J. Bowles to a heart condition. When that scholarship opened up, WSU coaches knew who to contact. The fact they could sell an appearance in the Final Four helped.

“They really started coming back after me really hard,” he said. “Having (the Final Four) in your repertoire, that can really get a recruit. I want to be able to have that experience.”

Henderson also liked the class size at WSU and is considering majoring in business or engineering.

“We enjoyed meeting the academic people, and that’s the most important thing — that he gets his degree,” his father said.

Henderson joins Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy forward Rashard Kelly and Sunrise Christian Academy forward Zach Brown as orally committed to WSU. Recruits can sign beginning Nov. 13. WSU coaches cannot comment on recruits until they sign. The Shockers will lose four seniors after the 2013-14 season and have a fifth scholarship to offer after Bowles was prohibited from playing for the school due to a heart condition.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

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