RedHawks Land Fifth Commitment

As one of the best shooting JUCO point guards, standing at 5'11" and 185 pounds, Chris McHenry has emerged onto the scene. As a result he earned himself an offer from the Miami University RedHawks. An offer he accepted.

As one of the best point guard shooters in junior college standing only 5'11" and 185 pounds, Chris McHenry has emerged onto the radar of 22 NCAA Division I schools. That included an offer from the Miami University RedHawks. An offer he accepted.

Miami desperately needed an experienced point guard who could come in and play right away. With the departure of All-MAC superstar point guard Kenny Hayes, Miami was left with only two or three inexperienced players who could run the point. One was returning sophomore Allen Roberts, a part time starter at the shooting guard spot last season a freshman. Another is incoming freshman point guard Quinten Rollins. The third was possibly sophomore combo guard Orlando Williams, but Williams very rarely played the point last season.

Last year at Garden City Community College, McHenry shot 40% from the field, 35% from beyond the arc, and 79% from the line. He averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.1 blocks, 2.1 assists, 2.4 turnovers, and 1.2 steals per game. He was named first team Junior College All-Region VI by the coaches of the Region VI teams.

McHenry has the ability to be explosive. In one game vs. Hutchinson, his 9 treys led to 36 points.

McHenry played his frosh season at Howard, but only dressed for 12 games for the Bison. In another example of his offensive prowess, McHenry scored 29 points against Wyoming, scored a Howard University freshman record. He led Howard to a win over Oregon State in his first game. He averaged 9.6 points a game the Bison.

After scoring a combined 54 points in a string of four games for the Bison in January, 2009, he was named MEAC player of the week. Besides 29 versus Wyoming during that week, he connected on 8-of-16 from the field and 11-of-11 from the charity stripe. He also recorded 18 points against LaSalle, shooting 7-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He shot perfectly from the free-throw line (13-of-13) in the four games. He was also named MEAC rookie of the week.

After visiting Oxford this past Memorial Day weekend, McHenry committed to Miami. There were many reasons why he chose the RedHawks:

"It is a good school and in a nice conference (MAC). I got a good vibe with the coaches. It was a team I felt I could play for right away. Also, their preseason schedule was one of the best I have seen from the schools recruiting me. They play the best."

Unofficially, Miami's non-league schedule has the RedHawks playing games at Dayton, Kansas, and possibly Duke. Then home games against local rivals Cincinnati and Xavier.

On the Miami visit, McHenry was given a tour of the Oxford campus and got a chance to meet the Miami staff face to face. He arrived late Saturday night and took in a Cincinnati Reds game.

McHenry described his game:

"I am a scoring point guard who is really good at shooting. I have a nice handle to make plays in the paint. I am a nice passer. I have an Allen Iverson type game. I play bigger than I am. I get points on the board."

The Miami staff told McHenry they "will use him like Kenny Hayes." McHenry explained, "They said I will be a scoring point guard. I will come off ball screens and picks. They said I will contribute right away."

McHenry had multiple offers after being recruited by Washington State, Depaul, Toledo, Portland State, UC-Santa Barbara, Bradley, North Dakota, Loyola-Chicago, LaSalle, Eastern Illinois, Wyoming, Toledo, Montana State, Cal State-Northridge, SIU-Edwardsville, Grambling, Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Gardner-Webb, and Montana.

McHenry said he was recruited by recently named Miami assistant coach Jimmy Lallathin.

McHenry is the fifth commit in another strong recruiting class that included Rollins, 2G Josh Sewell, WF Jon Harris, and Penn State transfer WF Bill Edwards.

He is undecided on what his major will be at Miami, but is leaning towards business or sports management with a minor in coaching. He is due to report back at the end of June for the start of Miami's second summer session.

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