June 29, 2010
Lansing Eastern forward LaDontae Henton a priority for CMU
One of the top players in the state of Michigan for 2011 is LaDontae Henton, a wing/forward from Lansing Eastern. The 6-foot-5 Henton has been a staple on the Michigan basketball scene since he was in middle school and it is from those days that he earned his nickname "Buckets".
"Yeah, I got it when I was in middle school," laughed Henton. "I was in 7th grade and playing AAU ball in the under 15 league, and I hadn't learned how to play defense very well yet so I just scored, and that's where my nickname came from."
Since that day, "Buckets" has seen his game reach a new level and colleges from around the nation have taken notice. Henton currently holds offers from Penn State, Utah, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Dayton, Duquense, Cleveland State, Oakland, Detroit and Southern Alabama and programs such as Kentucky, Michigan State, Virginia, Wisconsin and Providence have been keeping close tabs on him.
Despite all the offers, Henton remains wide open to everyone on his list.
"I'm real open right now, and really I'm considering everyone at this point" said Henton.
That looks to change in the near future however.
"I'll probably shorten my list sometime in July," added Henton. "Then I'll set my official visits up and make a decision, probably before my season starts."
One of the schools on his list is Central Michigan, and the Chippewas just signed one if the top recruiting classes in the Midwest, highlighted by four star recruit Trey Zeigler.
"With the talent they have there, it's a great situation," added Henton. "If that's the best place for me then I'll definitely look at them."
Henton has been unable to play AAU ball this summer due to an injury and doesn't plan to return to action until July.
"I'm back to 100% and everything, I just don't want to rush it," said Henton. "I've just been working out and working on my shot and trying to become more of a perimeter wing."
Self described as hard-working, Henton is looking for one major thing when it comes to colleges.
"I'm just looking for a winning program. I want to go to a place where I can go to the NCAA Tournament and really, it just come down to winning for me."
As a junior Henton averaged 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 2.3 steals and 2.5 assists per game as he led Lansing Eastern to their first league and district championship since 1991. They would lose to eventual state champion Kalamazoo Central and fellow 2011 CMU target T.J. Buchanan in the regional semi-finals.
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