Oh, Henry!

In his weekly column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with former West Memphis and current prep school standout Jason Henry, who may end up at Arkansas and is in Fayetteville right now. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner for details.




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One of the best unsigned prep basketball players in the country just happen to be in Fayetteville on Tuesday and will be around Wednesday as well.

He could be coming back for a much longer stay at the University of Arkansas.

Former West Memphis star and current Cincinnati (OH) Harmony Community Prep standout Jason Henry (6-7, 190) is doubling up this week by visiting close friend and current Razorback star Sonny Weems and checking out the UA program.

"Sonny and I are like brothers, we are real, real close," Henry said. "He's telling me that this is a great place and it's where I need to be. I am looking at it, looking at it hard. That is what I really think is going to end up happening."

The high-flying Henry, who originally signed with Cincinnati out back in the fall of 2006, averaged 27 points this season for Harmony Prep.

He led his squad to a 29-1 record with the only loss coming to Findlay Prep in the opening round of the National Prep Elite Eight Tournament on March 11.

"I am going to bring everything I've got," Henry said. "I am real hungry to actually get playing on the D-1 level. I think there are a lot of things I can do to help a basketball team and I plan on doing them all right away."

Henry played both shooting guard and small forward for Harmony head coach Rodney Crawford.

"'He's only a shoe affiliation away from being top five in the country,' noted Harmony coach Rodney Crawford. "...Henry has the handle of a point guard, a natural ability to get buckets and overall (Tracy) McGrady-esque qualities..."

In the 2007 rankings, he was thought of as highly as the 28th best player in the country by one service and the 69th best by another.

Henry averaged 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for West Memphis during his senior season in 2005-2006.

But he really was under the radar because his Arkansas Angels AAU didn't play in a lot of the top events and he didn't attend the prestigious shoe camps even though he was invited.

Henry had a coming out party in Las Vegas in July of 2006 and that's when Cincinnati, Tennessee, Clemson and other jumped on him.

Henry first attended Light of the World Christian Academy, where he committed to Cincinnati. But he transferred to Harmony in January of 2007 and has been there since.

"I really think I have grown up a lot being out on my own and think my game has developed and I am much more mature," Henry said. "I've also become a better student."

His academics obviously kept him for getting into Cincinnati this past season.

Arkansas is obviously checking on his status in that regard right now.

"All I have to do now is finished up strong and graduate in May," Henry said.

Harmony's Executive Director Deland McCullough was quoted on his school's website.

"Since Jason has been here, he's gained some integrity concerning his education," McCullough said. "That's the thing of which I am most proud. Basketball can only take him so far."

Henry is also looking at Nebraska and Providence, but focused on Arkansas right now.

"Cincinnati is not in the picture any more," Henry said. "Arkansas is really the top team I am looking at right now."







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