USA: Gerald Henderson Spotlight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For Gerald Henderson, NBA basketball is in his blood. You can see it in his jumpshot and in his athleticism -- and in his gene pool.

His father, Gerald Sr., was an NBA player and his son has benefited in more ways than one.

"Yeah, it's genetic, I'm sure of that, but I work hard on it and he helps me a lot," Henderson said of having an NBA father. "It's been great having him help me – he's very experienced and I've always listened to him because I know he has a lot of good stuff to tell me."

This week at the USA Basketball Youth Festival has been an awakening for Henderson, who now has a better idea just how good he is and can be.

"There's a lot of competition here, a lot of good players – and I've learned that I can play with older guys," said the 6-5, 210-pound rising junior from Philadelphia. "This is where the [best players] are all together and I'm right here up with them."

Henderson's impressive week was capped by a 19-point, 7-rebound and 4-steal performance in the Sunday morning consolation game.

"It's not surprising that he's played well because he was fantastic at the NBPA Camp last week," said Dave Telep, of TheInsidersHoops. "It's just kind of been a continuation of what will be an awesome July for him. And I think here, he was really diverse with the ball – this was a big time event for him."

As good as he's been this week and this summer, he has the upside to be much better.

"I play real hard – I'm trying to make the transition to being a two guard, so I'm working real hard at that," Henderson said. "Trying to get better at ball handling and rebounding – and just play hard. If you play hard you'll get rewarded."

Henderson, who plays high school (Episcopal Academy) and AAU (Playaz) ball with fellow heralded class of 2006 wing talent Wayne Ellington, has his eye on the ACC.

"I like the ACC schools – North Carolina, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke and then also Villanova and Notre Dame," he rattled off. "A few have come to school – assistants from Wake and Carolina came to practice last year."

And many are sure to follow.

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