Henderson Very Aware of Duke

There aren't too many players left on the board for the Class of 2005 that have the Duke coaching staff salivating, but there is at least one guy in the junior class who has the Blue Devils more than just intrigued. <P>

Gerald Henderson Jr., the son of former NBA guard Gerald Henderson.

He's a 6-5, 210-pound guard and actually lesser-known than his high school teammate at Episcopal (Pa.), Wayne Ellington. However, the Duke staff has already made him a priority because of his athleticism and decision-making.

Henderson's biggest strengths are his ability to break down defenders and get to the basket as well as running the floor and finishing in the open court. He's also a terrific mid-range shooter. However, Henderson still needs to work on improving the consistency on his perimeter shot, but he's a big-time player and has the potential to be better than his father.

Henderson said that he wants to go somewhere that education is important and also to a place that can prepare him to get to the next level.

``I've seen Coach K a couple times at my games," said Henderson, who plays with the Playaz Basketball Club in the spring and summer. "I'm not sure if they're there for me or not, but it's always nice to look up and see a legend in the stands."

Henderson's modesty is one of his best traits – in addition to numerous on-the-court ones. He's got an early list that includes the Blue Devils, along with Villanova, North Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.

Henderson said he's still in the process of making the transition to the shooting guard spot and it's been a gradual process, especially after taking off a summer a couple years ago.

``I decided to stop playing basketball for a summer after the eighth grade and play golf," said Henderson, a scratch golfer. "I played competitive golf for three or four years, but I decided to give it up and focus on basketball."


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