City of Palms Feature: Gerald Henderson

<b>FORT MYERS, Fla. –</b> Junior shooting guard Gerald Henderson basically put on a show Friday night. The Episcopal standout later talked about his game and his recruitment with

With his father – a former NBA point man – in the stands and former Boston Celtic great Dennis Johnson sitting next to him, it was Gerald Henderson who looked like the NBA guard Friday night at the City of Palms.

Henderson, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from the Class of 2006 (No. 14,, threw down a nasty dunk in transition that helped fuel a run that would eventually put spark Episcopal past a feisty Reserve Christian team.

The duo of Henderson and Ellington once again delivered the goods with Henderson going for 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ellington dazzling with a game-high 28.

Henderson has been making a steady climb up the national rankings since a strong spring showing last year, is showing no signs of easing up and his ascent can be directly attributed to his approach to the game. Basically, he's much more aggressive than he's ever been.

"In the past I think [my aggression] has been on and off," Henderson said. "Now I'm making more and more plays. Its one of the best things I do." When talking about his approach, Henderson points out that it's not just offense but the little things and defense where he's stepping up his game.

On the recruiting side, some big hitters are stepping up their pursuit. Early on this looked like pretty much an ACC invitation recruiting party. So far, little has happened to change that. Henderson is quick to point out that he's still open to listening to pitches but it sounds like some things are beginning to clear up.

For instance, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, North Carolina State and Notre Dame are a few schools he rattles off. "It's hard to think of them all off the top of my head," a diplomatic Henderson admits.

However, the junior did indicate that he's definitely going to take official visits to Duke, UNC and Wake Forest which would leave just two more spots to haggle over.

A few things stand out as being important to Henderson. First, he wants to go into a situation where he can contribute early. Second, this young man wants to play in a Final Four.

"It's still kind of open," Henderson said. "No one has pulled out in front of the others."

Maybe they haven't but Henderson's game is starting to separate itself from his peers.

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