LITTLE ROCK - As one of only four in-state high school underclassmen with an Arkansas basketball scholarship offer, Little Rock Parkview five-star sophomore forward Ethan Henderson (6-8, 190) is often asked when he might commit to the Razorbacks.
He’s getting encouragement to do so from the other three – El Dorado junior center Daniel Gafford (6-120, 220), Little Rock Mills junior swingman Darious Hall (6-6, 210) and good friend and Little Rock freshman point guard Justice Hall (5-11, 160) – all players that have already pledged to Arkansas.
“Ethan has told me that he is thinking about committing,” Hill said. “I am trying to get him to come up there with me.”
Henderson, who also has an offer from Notre Dame, said he is just taking his time and making sure before committing to head coach Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks.
ESPN has him ranked as 11th-best player nationally in the 2018 class and a five-star prospect.
“Arkansas is another team like Parkview in that I think I would be a good fit there,” Henderson said Friday night after playing in the Real Deal In The Rock AAU Tournament. “But I want to do my research and see where I fit in on the team, what my role as a player will be.
“I love Arkansas and the campus and I know Coach Anderson really well and the other coaches as well as (former Razorback star and current Arkansas Director of Player development) Scotty Thurman.”
Jonesboro’s Desi Sills had 16 points, Hill 10, Henderson 8 and Tallahassee’s Reginald Perry 7 Friday night as the Arkansas Hawks’ 16-and-under team blitzed M33M 61-31.
It was just another win for Henderson, who has experienced a lot of success early in his career and was a big part of Parkview’s Class 6A state title team this season.
“It feels amazing,” Henderson said. “This was my first one since I was just a sophomore, but I hope there are many more to come.
“It wasn’t about individuals, it was a teamwork thing.”
Henderson, whose team moved to 2-0 via a forfeit on Saturday morning, is working hard to improve his game.
“I need to work on my rebounding, my ball handling and my aggressiveness and talking on the court,” Henderson said. “I will put in the work.”