2002 Signee Profile: CG Mike Henderson

When Mike Henderson laces up his sneakers, and puts on that Iowa jersey next season, he will rejoin two former teammates. Henderson, a 6-2 190 pound combo guard from Waterloo, IA East, played with current Hawkeye freshman Jeff Horner and Greg Brunner on the Martin Brothers AAU team the past two summers.

Mike Henderson's road to Iowa City was a bit windy and long, but it was finally made official earlier this week when he signed his national letter of intent with the Hawkeyes. Henderson initially verballed to Iowa State back in the spring, but after thinking over his decision he decommitted from the Cyclones in the middle of the summer and reopened his recruiting. Once he did this, the Hawkeyes made him one of their top priorities mainly because of his athleticism and ability to play both guard positions.

Henderson knew deep down that Iowa was where he belonged, and after months of speculation he committed to the Hawkeyes and on Wednesday he finalized everything.

Henderson, who averaged 14.6 points for the Trojans as a junior, helped lead them to a second place finish in Class 4A. Henderson, along with current teammate and Iowa recruit junior Carlton Reed, earned All Tournament honors for their performance down at "The Barn" last March.

HTO.com was able to catch up with Henderson and get his feeling on his decision to attend Iowa a couple of weeks ago as he attended the Black & Gold Basketball Blowout.

"Iowa is a great fit for me. I spent a lot of time discussing it with my family and the coaches, and when it came time to choose a school Iowa was were I wanted to be," Henderson said. "I really like the atmosphere here on the campus, as well as the coaches."

Henderson, who chose Iowa over such schools as North Carolina, Syracuse, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Nebraska and California, plans on seeing playing time next season as a freshman.

"I'm looking forward for the chance to come in and play as a freshman along side of Jeff (Horner) and Greg (Brunner) once again," Henderson stated.

Henderson attended the Nike All American Camp in Indianapolis, IN this past summer, and helped prove to everyone that he was legit. After his showing at the elite invitational national camp, Henderson found himself ranked by many college recruiting scouts in the top 100.

FutureStars Van Coleman, who has seen Henderson play more times than he can count over the past five years, believes that Henderson's signing is a perfect fit for both parties.

"Mike was able to elevate his status this summer into the top 100. He also fits the combination that is at Iowa right now," Coleman stated. "He will be able to backup Horner at the point and also be able to pick up some minutes giving Pierre Pierce a breather at the two spot."

Before Henderson thrills Hawkeye fans in the confines of Carver Hawkeye Arena, he has some unfinished business to take care off. He wants to lead Waterloo East back to the state tournament and this time win it all!

Welcome to the Hawkeye family Mike!


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