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DePaul’s Myke Henry Looking to Go Out a Winner

After playing for two schools and four coaches, DePaul senior combo forward Myke Henry is looking for some stability in his final year as a collegian. As he enters his senior season with the Blue Demons, he would also like to go out a winner.

“We want to win and compete at the highest level,” Henry said while at Big East media day. “I have a competitive spirit. The want to win (and) fire inside me (is there).”

Henry's first season with the Blue Demons was a success after transferring over from Illinois. After sitting out the 2013-14 season, he averaged 12 points per game (second on the team) and a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game, while shooting a respectable .464 percent from the field and .373 percent from three-point range last year. However, as a member of the last two Demon squads, he has only witnessed losing at DePaul.

Henry truly is the definition of a combo forward, as he has the size and bulk to bang in the post, while also possessing the ability to hit jumpers with regularity. There is a feeling that Henry will be asked to do more scoring this season and take on more of a leadership role, while letting last season's leading scorer Billy Garrett Jr. be more of a facilitator. 

Henry says this year's team has shown a big change from years past, especially on the defensive end.

“Absolutely,” Henry said about the effort being made to change things on defense. “It’s like a 180 with the coaching change. Coach Leitao, he’s teaching us toughness. He’s teaching us how to play hard and what it means to work hard. If you work hard, you get what you want.”

While Henry is on his fourth coach (Bruce Weber, John Groce, Oliver Purnell being his other coaches), he has made a connection with his new coach Dave Leitao. While at media day, he reflected on the road he has taken with two schools and being taught by four different coaches.

“It's been a bumpy road,” admitted Henry. “But you always have to be able to adapt. Coach Leitao, he's a great guy and he is an easy guy to talk to.”

Henry has been to the NCAA Tournament with the Illini (2013) and he is hopeful he can help the Demons get back to the Big Dance for the first time since 2004 when Leitao last coached DePaul.

Leitao says Henry has been a joy to coach. With this being Henry's last hurrah, Leitao said Henry has stepped up in practice and showing more of a leadership role.

 “Myke Henry has been (special in practice),” said Leitao. “His understanding is that this is his last year in college basketball, and he wants to make it as special as he could possibly make it. He's been really good to coach.”


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