September 21, 2007

Versatile four-star on campus this weekend

While the Ole Miss football team prepares for a game with national powerhouse Florida, the Ole Miss basketball team continues to make steps towards that same goal.

The Rebels will host four-star Terrance Henry for an official visit.

As a junior, Henry averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. For his senior season, Henry will team with Rebel commit, three-star wing Brandon Wilson.

Henry's coach, Chris Oney, played for the Rebels in the 1990's. He said his young star is excited about the trip to Oxford.

"He's very excited about coming," Oney said. "He's done an excellent job of narrowing the schools down, making it less stressful on him.

"He made it very clear that he only wanted five schools that were there since day one. I was getting contacted by just about everyone in the country for a time."

After visiting Ole Miss, Henry will take official visits to Arkansas, LSU, Kansas and Miami.

Henry, from Carroll High School in Monroe, La., is a versatile 6-foot-9 small forward who is as much of a factor underneath the basket as he is on the perimeter. He's the 85th-ranked player in the class of 2008 and the 12th-ranked small forward.

"He's an inside-outside guy; he'll want to go somewhere where the coach isn't afraid to play a 6-foot-9 guy on the outside," Oney said.

In head coach Andy Kennedy's up-and-down style, length and athleticism are at a premium. Henry has both.

And heading into his senior year, Henry worked on his face-the-basket game.

"He just started playing on the perimeter this spring. You just think about how fast that he's improved," Oney said. "I just got done watching him in a pick-up game, and he made six or seven three's. He's getting more confident out there on the perimeter."

Oney said Henry hopes to attend a school where he'll be able to make an impact right away.

"He wants to go somewhere where he can play. He's narrowed it down to great programs. That's not an issue. He'll be playing at a high level," Oney said. "He wants to go somewhere where the roster isn't filled at his position, where he'll have a chance to start or play an awful lot as a freshman."

"If a school is log-jammed with people at your position, it's probably not the best place for you."

Kennedy and the Rebels aren't committed to traditional positions, meaning versatile players could make an impact early on.

And with Henry's growing skill-set, the four-star forward would be a major get for Kennedy and the Rebels on the heels of a successful 2007 recruiting class.

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