Henry ready for SEC battles

Terrance Henry doesn't hesitate to say what he wants to do this season, in addition to helping his Ole Miss team win basketball games.

"I want to keep working hard and be the SEC Freshman of the Year," said the 6-foot-9, 190-pound forward/center from Monroe, La.

And there you have it. Henry is here to play, make an impact, and win games.

"I have a big opportunity to start if I go in and do what I need to do, do what the coaches tell me to do," said Henry, who averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks a game as a senior at Carroll High School. "I just want to come in and do whatever I have to do and whatever the coaches want me to do."

Henry, ranked among the nation's top 100 incoming players by basically every major poll and publication, was ranked as high as No. 60 by Scout.com. He arrived at Ole Miss for the first semester of summer school, taking a dance class, along with fellow freshmen Terrico White and Will Bogan, and also a journalism class.

He doesn't feel at this time he will major in either. He does know there have been some challenges so far this summer.

"It's different," Henry, who played in high school for former UM guard Chris Oney, said of being in college. "You have to use your time wisely. You can't be late for anything. They (coaches) check on us all the time."

But Henry, who chose Ole Miss over Arkansas, LSU, Kansas, and Miami, feels he's made some adjustments since he's been away from home for several weeks.

"I've really already gotten used to it," said Henry, who averaged 22 points, 12 boards, and five blocks as a junior. "It's just all a part of growing up."

Henry admitted it would have been nice if his teammate last year and Rebel signee Brandon Wilson had also been here. But the 6-5, 205 Wilson is enrolled at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.

Henry says he already knew Bogan from their recruitment and campus visit, and he's extremely happy he chose Ole Miss.

"This was the perfection situation for me," said Henry, rated as one of the nation's top 20 incoming power forwards. "They'd graduated all three of their post players. Their style of play is that they get up and down the floor. I fit into that perfectly. And I just like the atmosphere of the school."

He says the coaching staff had the players jump right in on building up their bodies and getting into the best shape possible.

"It's more than I've ever done," he said of the strength and conditioning program at Ole Miss. "But I've really already gotten used to it."

He has a goal in mind by late October or early November.

"I'd like to be 200 pounds by this season," he said. "Eating and getting stronger in the weight room is helping that. I think I can get there."

Henry has given a lot of thought to what it takes to be a force early at this level.

"I came in to focus on my strength and on getting stronger," he said. "Post players in the SEC are strong. I have to focus more on my strength and getting my handle better and my jump shot better. I know I can always improve on everything."

With an attitude like Henry has already shown, there's no doubt he will do just that.


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