LAS VEGAS - Those who are looking for a scoring inside presence among the 2008 basketball prospects the University of Arkansas are on need look no further than Louisiana prep prospect Terrance Henry.
Of course, the versatile Mr. Henry (6-9, 190) - who plays for Monroe's Carroll High - not only can get it done inside, but outside as well.
That was certainly evident Tuesday morning when he poured in 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in his New Orleans Jazz' loss to the Utah Pump N Run in the Adidas Super 64 AAU tournament.
"In my hometown there are mostly guards so I have been playing with them my whole life and just developed their skills," Henry said. "That allows me to have a lot of mismatch problems. If they are bigger than me, I can face up and shoot over them. If they are smaller, I just take them down low and go over the top of them."
Certainly Arkansas under new head coach John Pelphrey has put the time in with Henry this spring and summer per his high school coach Chris Olney.
"Either Coach Pelphrey or one of his assistants has been at every game that Terrance has played this spring and summer and I saw Coach Pelphrey over there again today," Olney said. "He feels real good about the Razorbacks and I can tell you that if he doesn't go to Arkansas it sure won't be because they got outworked."
In addition to Arkansas, Henry – who patterns his game after NBA star Kevin Garnett - says he has offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Kansas, Miami (Fla.) and USC among others.
"I know they won a national championship back in 1994 and their basketball program has a history of doing real good," Henry said. "I talk to Coach Pelphrey all the time and he is a real cool coach. I wouldn't mind playing for him at all if that is where I end up."
The up-tempo system that Pelphrey intends to play at Arkansas is a huge factor for Henry, who averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game last season.
"I have been playing up-tempo my whole life – getting up and down the floor," Henry said. "So I am interested in what he is doing. I don't want to play any other kind of tempo."
The Razorbacks have an in with Henry since Olney played for Rob Evans at Ole Miss late in his college career.
Olney sees a former Ole Miss and Evans' player when he watches Henry.
"When he first got the job at Arkansas, he called me and I told him that I had Ansu Sesay," Olney said. "He's 6-9, left-handed like Ansu, but a little quicker. Also at this point he shoots it a little better than Ansu and Ansu ended up being a pro."
Dannton Jackson, the head coach of both Xavier (New Orleans) and the New Orleans Jazz, sees a world of potential in Henry.
"He's already pretty good, but I think his best basketball is still ahead of him," Jackson said. "He is a very versatile player that can play inside and outside. He needs to get a little bit more weight and stronger.
"The one thing you can definitely say about him is he gets even better every game," Jackson added. "When he gets to the next level he is going to beef up and that's going to change his game up big-time."
Henry, who says the Razorbacks are solidly in his top five, helped rally his team from a 23-point deficit early in the second half to close within a pair.
But after going unbeaten in three tough games in the Super Bracket on Sunday and Monday, the Jazz didn't have enough to get over the top on Tuesday.
"This tournament has a little different structure and they put all the heaveyweights playing each other early and then move into bracket play," Jackson said. "This was a very good team that got us down more than 20, but I was glad we fought back valiantly."
Carroll has seven returning seniors and incoming transfer Brandon Wilson (an Ole Miss commit) so they should be a dominant team this season.
The way the Class 4A state tournament brackets are drawn up you could see a heavyweight match-up in the quarterfinals with Helen Cox High and their star Greg Monroe.
"I've got a feeling it is going to come down to that game," Henry said. "It will be a great game if it comes about."
Henry says that he will narrow his list in the next couple of weeks and start setting up some official visits.
"Definitely Arkansas will be one of my five," Henry said. "I'm not sure who the others will be, but I am definitely coming up to check out Arkansas."
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