Worth Watching: Long Island Lutheran Guard

Reporter Mike Sullivan spent some time at the Spring Fling in New Jersey ...

Brian Carey has a very impressive resume as a head coach on the high school level. So it's no surprise the first-year leader of Long Island Lutheran did a tremendous job in elevating his team's performance in the 2006-2007 season.

It's likely Carey fwill have Lutheran ready for another great season next Fall. One of the reasons why Lutheran is worth watching again next season is the talents of guard Jeriel Henriquez.

The 6-foot-1 2008 prospect who transferred from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., is a talented player who can score from anywhere on the court. He moves well without the ball too.

Jeriel competed this past weekend with the Long Island Lightning AAU program at the Spring Fling held on the campus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Jeriel had a chance to play against several tough AAU teams, including the DC Blue Devils.

BRIAN TOWEY'S VIEW OF JERIEL HENRIQUEZ' INDIVIDUAL GAME: Henriquez' basketball upside is considerable. He's exceptionally quick, very fast in the open floor, and capable of creating his own shot.

When we watched him with Mickey Walker's Donyell Marshall Foundation team last summer, the first thing that was impressed upon us was his quickness. He's hard to keep in front of you on the offensive end, and defensively has the type of lateral quickness to defend at a high level.

WHAT HIS HIGH SCHOOL COACH THINKS OF JERIEL'S INDIVIDUAL GAME: Right now, he's a terrific offensive player," said Carey. "Particularly as a jumpshooter. His athleticism is terrific also. We're trying to teach him the game. I think, coming from New York City, it can be tough to get into the flow of things sometimes. He's coachable, and coming along nicely."

CONCLUSION: It's a big spring and summer ahead for Jeriel. He has an opportunity to be recognized as one of the better players in the area in the 2008 class. If he continues to showcase balanced offensive skills, the offers will come.


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