Rebels land centerpiece to their hoops class

The Rebels were able to land one of the top 100 players in last year's class in Malcolm White, but the verbal pledge today from Scout.com's # 60 overall prospect in the country is Coach Kennedy's signature commitment.

"I am going to be an Ole Miss Rebel," added a very excited Terrance Henry. "I think that was the best situation for me, with them graduating their front line. I can become an instant impact player at Ole Miss. Plus it is closer to home. I just felt the most comfortable with their overall program."

The 6' 9" multi-skilled player out of Monroe La. Carroll High was visited today by Coaches Kennedy and White. The inhome visit sealed the deal.

"Yea, as soon as I saw Coach K (Kennedy), he just kind of smiled at me, and I said OK, let's go ahead and get this over with. Coach K was really involved with my recruitment and that meant a lot to me. I have been spending a lot of time with their entire staff since last spring so there was that comfort level with them. Plus, my coach played at Ole Miss so he gave me the inside view of what they are really about. But Coach K was a big part of my decision. And I can not say enough about Coach (Michael) White. He is someone that my family felt very comfortable around. Coach White is just a good Christian guy who knows the game of basketball."

Terrance Henry

pictured by Jim Hawkins
Henry was scheduled to visit LSU this weekend and Kansas next but he will no longer take those visits.

"I really appreciate everything both of those programs have done for me. They were both very professional in the time they gave me. Kansas is such a great program too. I could not have gone wrong with any of my five finalist, but I had to go where my heart was and that was Ole Miss."

It might come as a surprise as to who came in second place for Henry's services.

"Arkansas did. They were also losing their entire frontcourt, and they spent a lot of time recruiting me.:

The up and down attacking style that Coach Kennedy brings to the table was also a major attraction.

"Coach Kennedy told me that he wanted to get to where his team was averaging 100 points a game, and he thought I could get him over the hump. Some people try to say that they want to get it up and down, but I went over there and played with their guys and saw that they really mean it at Ole Miss. It just fits my skills. It was a major selling point for me."

The head coach for Carroll High School, Chris Oney, also believes Terrance's skills are best suited for up and down attacking style of basketball.

"Terrance is just a unique player, stated Coach Chris Oney. "With his size, you can't say he is just a perimeter player because he can also go down low and post you up and block your shot. He is an athlete that can push plays like a guard, but if an opponent wants to slow it down, he can go down low and post you up. Everybody says he will be a NBA player one day because he has the skills that are unique that only the NBA players have. Whether Ole Miss puts him down low or plays him on the perimeter, Terrance is best when he is getting it up and down the court. Terrance can flat out finish an open break. He is just a freak of an athlete."

Scout.com's Dave Telep, also believes the Rebels got themselves a program builder.

"Henry’s got a chance to really take his game to the next level," added Dave Telep. "He’s long and wiry in a Perry Stevenson way. I think his length is a tremendous asset and he can play to midrange. Once he gets stronger he’ll be able to be even better inside. He’s a serious commitment and a primary target of many SEC programs.”

Henry averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots a game for 24-10 Carroll. He was named the Co-MVP for District 2 (4A) for his play on the court.


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