Henderson Relieved To Be A Blue Devil

Following Illinois prepstar Jon Scheyer's lead, 6-foot-5, 210lbs Philadelphia wing Gerald Henderson confirmed what was first broken on Scout.com: The Episcopal High standout was indeed casting his lot with head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils.

"It is with great pride that I can announce I will be attending Duke University," said Gerald Henderson into the microphone at Episcopal High on Wednesday afternoon, ending nearly a year of high intensity recruiting.

The 6-foot-5, 205lbs wing forward became the second commitment of the week for Krzyzewski, when he phoned the Duke head coach on Sunday night. And while the Duke head coach was certainly relieved, it was Henderson who felt a big weight lifted from his shoulders.

"It's definitely a relief now to get through it all," said Henderson. "Now that I know where I'm going, I don't have to worry about the recruiting process any more."

As a junior, Henderson averaged 18.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Churchmen, while leading his team to an overall record of 25-3. Episcopal won its first Inter-Academic League championship in 14 years and was the Philadelphia Inquirer's No. 1-ranked team in southeastern Pennsylvania.

That strong performance certainly caught Duke's interest early as Henderson was one of the first prospects to earn an official offer from Coach K. Nearly a year later, after all the pitching, Krzyzewski had his small forward of the future.

"Man, Coach K said a lot when I told him. He can really talk. Coach said that he thinks I'm a great player now. He thinks I can be one of the best to come out of Duke. Coming from him that means a lot."

So what was it that made the choice Duke in Henderson's mind?

"There wasn't really one thing. But I think every since I was little, Duke's been the best," said Henderson. "I had to think if I could get over that dream and think about whether that was the right place to go. My dad was a big help. He didn't force any of the schools on me."

While many analysts classify both Scheyer and Henderson as shooting guards, the future Blue Devil says he understands Coach K's plans for them both.

"Jon is a different player from me. He can play the point and the two. I'm more of a two-three."

With his future coach already hinting that Henderson could be one of the best players to come out of Duke, how long can Blue Devils hope to keep their newest scoring threat in the royal and white?

"That never really came up with me and Coach, and I haven't thought about it that much, but I think it's defiantly better for me to say four years."

Henderson will now focus his efforts on his summer AAU schedule with teammate Wayne Ellington on the Playaz traveling team. And, speaking of Ellington, will the teammates be facing off in the future as part of some epic ACC battles?

"If he choose to go to Carolina, that would definitely be great, and a lot of fun. He'd be 20 minutes away. That would be a good time."

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