New York Big Man Ready For The Next Challenge

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses Jordan Henriquez, his individual game, and his future challenges ... Jordan is a 2009 prospect who will prep this season to prepare to play college basketball in the Big 12 ...

There were several college basketball programs in the New York area that were hoping that Jordan Henriquez would go to prep school and then make his decision. What surprised some was he made his college choice before he began his prep year.

Henriquez, a 6-foot-10 center played last season at Port Chester High School in Port Chester, New York. Several high profile programs were interested in monitoring his progress both athletically and academically.

But Henriquez decided to signed a letter of intent with Kansas State last spring and tried to qualify academically. He decided to settle in on a year of prep school.

His mom, Lisa, told us The Winchendon School in Massachusetts would be his next stop. "Then it's off to Kansas State," she stated.

It's a terrific opportunity for Jordan too. He'll have a chance to improve on the court and in the classroom. He has those long arms that allow him to alter and swat shots away in bunches.

As he adds the strength to his frame, he'll finish more consistently near the rim, opening up another part of his game.

Give the kudos to the Kansas State coaches in moving quickly and showing their loyalty to Henriquez. Coach Frank Martin and his assistants did a terrific job in reaching Jordan and his family.

EVALUATION PROVIDED BY FRANK MANTESTA, BRIAN TOWEY, AND MIKE SULLIVAN : A consistent shot blocker, Jordan's next year is key in making him ready as a freshman in a very tough conference. A year on the prep level will help him get ready to play some important minutes for Kansas State.

He has the wing span to change player's drives to the basket too. Increasing his endurance will be another aspect worked on this upcoming season.

Jordan is a player you root for -- he's a nice kid with terrific support from home.

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