When will Gerald Henderson make his decision? It's a question the 6-foot-4, 195-pound wing from Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy hears on a daily basis. Will it be Duke or Villanova? Still without an answer, the five-star prospect is finding a release by playing well on the hardwood.
Henderson, the No. 18 ranked player in the class of 2006, has trimmed his list to Duke and Villanova. He's officially visited both programs and has a good relationship with Mike Krzyzewski and Jay Wright. There aren't a lot of stones to turn over for information. Henderson is now waiting on that feeling recruits so often talk about when picking their collegiate home. He knows it won't be an easy choice.
"In terms of narrowing it down it made it a lot easier but it's still going to be the hardest decision of my life," Henderson said.
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Trimming schools like North Carolina and Wake Forest off his list, Henderson knows both Duke and Villanova offer positives for his future.
"It was nothing against the other schools, it was just they fit best for where I want to go," Henderson said. "I think they've recruited me the hardest out of all of the schools. It's really just what's good for me and my family. That's why it's so hard."
Always the competitor, Henderson said he knows he'll have to compete wherever he goes.
"You definitely want to get out there and play, but at a lot of schools you won't be able to do that because you have to go there and wait," Henderson said. "I definitely want to play early but that's not going to be a determining factor on where I'm going to go."
One of the ways Henderson is finding a release from the recruiting process is getting on the court with his AAU team. At the Southern Invitational, Henderson shined on both ends of the court en route to the coveted championship. His Playaz squad didn't have an easy route as they had to fight through Sam Rines, featuring super freshman Tyreke Evans, and D.C. Assault, a program loaded with five-star prospects.
Henderson was a vital part in the team's success because of his versatility. With only one player over 6-foot-6 on the roster, Henderson made it a point to crash the boards and defend inside the paint. Offensively, he was much more aggressive than he was at the Real Deal on the Hill. He looked at ease with his squad and played with confidence from start to finish.
"The coaches aren't here so it's good and bad because you don't have to look over your shoulder all the time to see who is watching," Henderson said. "We are really coming together as a team and that's the most important thing with us."
As his Playaz squad prepares for a busy round of tournaments this summer, Henderson knows he will have to finally answer the question of where he will attend school. Duke or Villanova?
"Before school ends, I think is when I'll make my decision," Henderson said. "When summer starts I'll be ready to go."