Florida Hoops Duo Set for Official Visits

Rutgers hoops hosts a pair of teammates on official visits this weekend when Faith Baptist School (Fla.) guard Deshaun Morman and power forward Demetrius Henry come to campus. The roommates both have scholarship offers, but are at very different stages in their recruitment. ScarletReport.com has the details.

Faith Baptist School (Fla.) guard Deshaun Morman and power forward Demetrius Henry both hold Rutgers offers and are high on the program going into the weekend official visit.

Neither expects to make a commitment soon, but Morman is much farther along in the process with a trimmed list featuring just Rutgers and Cincinnati. Morman visited Cincinnati unofficially and will do so again in an official capacity before making a decision.

"I'd say Rutgers is [in his top two] mostly because of his relationship with [assistant coach] David Cox," said AAU coach Jerry McFarlane, who coaches in Virginia. "Coach Cox and his relationship with our AUU programs is something that stands out to Deshaun. He's really comfortable with him and we think he's a great coach. I think playing in the Big East is where he belongs, too. He has Big East toughness."

Morman is a 6-foot-3 guard with a versatile skill set, according to his AAU coach. He and Henry have both received a visit from head coach Mike Rice during the recruiting process and like him as well.

"He's a combo guard that can play one, two or three," McFarlane said. "He's a real athletic lefty. He's a decent shooter. He may be the toughest kid in the class in terms of his ability to guard anybody, bang his body. I think he's a great fit for a Big East team."

Recruitment for Henry will be significantly slower, according to coach and mentor Kenny Gillion. Henry holds double digit verbal offers but has no interest in an early decision.

After a visit to Clemson last week, Rutgers is the only other visit in the works for now, Gillion said.

"He's not signing until late, so I can't say he really has any favorites," he said. "It's still very early for him and he's working on his grades and all of that too. Rutgers has shown they're on him hard, so that's one of the reasons he likes them in terms of recruitment.

"[Rutgers has] been in contact since the summer," Gillion said. "Coach Van [Macon] has been recruiting him for a while and they've been down here four times. [Head coach Mike Rice] has been here too. Demetrius is more about the relationships and what he has with Rutgers is genuine, which is a big reason why he is visiting."

Henry is a 6-foot-10 forward, with the ability to play outside.

"You can't teach size," Gillion said. "He's quite athletic and he works hard on the perimeter with his footwork. What probably sets him away from most as a big man is that he's highly skilled. He has a variety of moves inside the post. He can step out to the perimeter and knock down a jump shot. He can take you off the dribble. He's a pretty complete big man."

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