Hens Bulk Up

The Delaware Blue Hens rolled out four new signees this week. They have one thing in common: height.

Hens Get Bigger Up Front

Delaware head coach David Henderson was looking to add interior pop to his lineup and he did so with his 2003 recruiting class. The Blue Hens signed four players, each 6-7 or taller.

"The kids we've got we're very, very happy with," Henderson told The News Journal this week.

The four signees are Herb Courtney (6-7), Octavius Flowers (6-7), Henry Olawoye (6-8) and Lebo Maepa (6-9).

Flowers is Henderson's first recruit from his home state of North Carolina. He was an honorable mention all-stater last season. Maepa, a native of South Africa, will enroll at the Newark school in January.

Courtney is from Hatboro-Horsham, the same school that produced current Notre Dame senior Matt Carroll. He averaged 16 and 10 and was the first to pledge his allegiance to the school. Olawoye plays this season for St. Mark's School in Rhode Island.

Playing time will be available to everyone in this group as the Hens lose two senior starters up front in Henderson's third season. "We needed to get bigger, stronger and more athletic under the basket, and in this class we feel we've got those people," Henderson said.


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