Junior Mycheal Henry has long known he had great potential on the basketball court. Now that colleges and recruiting experts are noticing, it is a dream come true for him.
"It's real exciting that it's actually happening," Henry relates. "It's very overwhelming. I didn't expect to do this well."
Henry has no background of interest in Illinois, so he traveled to Champaign Saturday for the first time to watch an Illini basketball game against Minnesota.
"We came down to watch the Fighting Illini, see how they do things here."
This is his third visit.
"I've been to Michigan and Wisconsin. I've gotten a lot of offers. Wisconsin, Fairfield, Nevada, Illinois State, St. Louis and Baylor."
Henry talks like someone who knows in his heart he is a high major player. The outside world may not know that yet, but he is secure enough in his game to retain personal power in the recruiting process. It is the colleges who must prove their value to him, not vice versa.
When asked his thoughts about Illinois, he said simply, "We're gonna see today how I fit."
Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard is Henry's recruiting coach. Henry says the Illini plan to pick up their recruitment of him.
"Illinois' been telling me they'll be coming to a lot of games and are gonna recruit me hard."
The intelligent young man with the bright smile has been compared at an early age with top players like Joe Johnson and E'twaun Moore. At 6'-5" he has to play inside for his Orr team, but he knows his future lies on the wing. He says his biggest strength is shooting, and he is proving capable of knocking down threes and mid range jumpers.
"I do everything well, especially my shooting. I see myself as a three man."
Henry is a man who knows himself and his game. He agrees he has flown under the radar up to now, but that may be a blessing in disguise.
"Yeah I do. It motivates me to work hard every day."
During the summer, Henry will continue developing his game with the Rising Stars AAU program.
"We did well last summer. We went to every championship."
Henry will not be an unknown much longer. If he isn't careful, he may one day wake up and find himself among the elite prospects in the country.