Nick Hendra Makes It Official

Reporter Mike Sullivan finalizes the recruiting process for Nick Hendra ...

After an amazing run over the past year, Nick Hendra has made it official -- he will play his college basketball at American University.

Hendra was a player that this site followed closely. Nick is a fierce competitor who progressed each week in his individual game.

Many considered Nick a sleeper from the talent rich New York City Catholic League. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard plays for New York City's Xavier High School.

Hendra had received plenty of division one interest. He had some pretty impressive names also on his list including Fordham, St. Joe's and East Carolina. But Nick wanted to contribute and play mucho minutes as a freshman. At American, he will receive that opportunity.

So yesterday, Hendra did sign his letter of intent. Hendra told reporter Brian Towey: "I think I could have played at Fordham or St. Joseph's, but there's a big difference between playing and coming in and having an impact," said Hendra. "I'd rather be an impact player, and I felt like American University, as a program, and the Patriot League as a conference, were places where I could do that.

"I'm going to be able to play right away. The coaching staff expressed to me that they want me to come in and be a scorer right away. That's a challenge and a responsibility that I'm looking forward to taking on as a freshman."

Nick had a terrific junior year. He averaged over 15 points a game, seven rebounds and four assists for head coach Joe McGrane. It wouldn't be a surprise that Hendra finishes in style, with a great senior season.

Hendra also impressed us with his summer play with the Westchester Hawks under head coach Phil Diasparra. Nick seemed to fit in well under the disciplined style of the Hawks. Hendra averaged around 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as a junior at Xavier for Coach Joe McGrane.

A bright and engaging young guy, Hendra should be a welcome addition to the American community.

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