Rave Reviews So Far For NY Big Man At K-State

Reporter Mike Sullivan has an update on the status of Jordan Henriquez, who is currently at Kansas State, working hard in the classroom and preparing himself for a great career in the Big 12 ...

Lisa Henriquez is proud of her son, Jordan Henriquez, the 6-foot-10 center who played prep basketball this past season at The Winchendon School in Massachusetts. And she should be. She received some great news from the Kansas State basketball staff about how Jordan is doing in college.

"I talked to the Head Coach Frank Martin yesterday and got rave reviews about Jordan," said Lisa. "He said (even though it's still early) that the freshman class is a really great group of young men who have stepped up to the plate so to speak. ... (They) get their work done, handle responsibilities well."

This isn't surprising. Lisa has done a tremendous job in raising her son. Jordan has worked very hard to make himself into a better player and student.

"He's doing well academically and he is handling the rigors of college basketball," Lisa added. "I know that Jordan's favorite part of basketball is the workouts."

This is a tremendous sign for Kansas State basketball fans. What they are getting is a big man willing to work on the technical aspects of his game too.

But, Jordan is learning and interacting in other important areas of live. "While there was Kansas State basketball camp," Lisa said. "The campers got to see the team play scrimmages and of course my son calls me about that. I still don't think he sees how well he gets along with kids and how well he would be as a teacher/coach someday."

Jordan is a friendly young man. He will have four years to improve his individual game, help his team win some important basketball games, and also have a chance to graduate from college.

And judging by the way Lisa Henriquez speaks, she would be even more proud of her maturing son.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION PROVIDED BY FRANK MANTESTA, BRIAN TOWEY, AND MIKE SULLIVAN : A consistent shot blocker, A year on the prep level is already helping him prepare for life at 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 season.

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