Bear Henderson – One for the radar

Posted: June 21, 2012 by DeadBefore50 in 2014, Basketball
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'14 Bear HendersonAs a rule, I limit my profile articles to recruits scheduled to graduate in the current class (now 2012) and the one following (2013). To date there have been a total of (2) exceptions. The first was St. John’s Bosco 4-Star Daniel Hamilton…this being the second. The reasoning behind my stance is the conclusion there’s often more hype than substance to the reps of freshmen and sophomores hoopers. LeBron James is certainly the exception. Daniel Hamilton is physically gifted, mature beyond his years and has a crazy hoop roots. When it came time to look at Razhaun “Bear” Henderson, it boiled down to more of a gut feeling. Similar to what I found when researching Dakarai Allen I repeatedly came across Bear Henderson and “tenacious defender”, “relentless on D”, “lockdown”, and “shutdown”. I tend to gravitate to this style of play and player because it provides me confidence I’m looking at a team first, sellout for my teammates, and leave it all on the floor, type athlete. Couple that mentality with God-given athleticism and positive results tend to follow.

Bishop Alemany High killed it in ’11-’12. Finishing the season ranked #5 by Maxpreps the team threw up an impressive (33-4) record and went (10-2) in Conference. Although seniors Marqueze Coleman and Max Guercy grabbed the lion’s share of headlines, sophomore Bear Henderson more than held his own. Contributing 12.7 Points, 7.0 Rebounds, and 1.3 Assists per game the 6’5 195lb Guard/Forward made clear the Alemany program would remain in good hands as Coleman and Guercy wrapped their High school careers. I’m a huge believer in self-awareness and love the frank manner the young man goes about summarizing his game:

Bear Henderson is a strong versitle lefty power guard/wing that can finish strong at the basket. He also have a pull up mid range game. Able to knock down 3’s and can draw defenders to kick the ball out for the Assist. He is a good rebounder for his size, he can post up smaller guards and can defend guards, wings and power fowards.

Albeit easier to sum one’s positive traits and areas of strength, Henderson is equally as straight-forward when asked to review his areas of opportunity:

Right now I’m working on my overall perimeter game. I’m working on my right hand, extending my range in shooting, increasing my quickness and just more basketball IQ and decision-making.

Bear HendersonClearly dominant-handed hoopers are easily sniffed out as the competition level improves. The fact Henderson has recognized this flaw to his game is encouraging. As he works his right hand to a more effective level he will force his defender to play straight up, no cheating. Improving his consistency from range will force his defender to honor his outside shot and again, play straight up. In terms of developing a complete offensive package dual-handedness and effective inside/outside play is a perfect launching point. Henderson shot a respectable 47% from the Field and an above average 77% from the free throw line. Given his relatively low volume of shots from 3PT (19 of 41 ’11-’12) Henderson will need to take his FG% into the 51+ range to prove an effective #1 option. There’s also room to tighten up ballhandling and pass accuracy. Turnovers (75 in ’11-’12) far exceeded Assists (47 in ’11-’12) and will need to improve. With Coleman and Guercy no longer with the team, best guess has all eyes trained on Henderson when Alemany has the ball. The stress level will increase, but with that so will the opportunity to secure and/or up his recruit stock. If Henderson reacts well to the added pressure, Alemany may not miss much of a beat. If he responds poorly to the pressure, I may have to take my previous statement as a reminder when next considering a sophomore prospect. Either way, Bear Henderson qualifies as one for the radar.

Colorado and Nevada have already seen enough of Bear Henderson as each has extended an offer. Henderson reports “high interest” on the part of Notre Dame, Portland, Rice, San Francisco, Stanford, and USC. Still kicking the tires (each has made contact) are Arizona, Cal, Oregon, UNLV, and a host of others. Given his Class of ’14 status it’s premature to project Henderson’s impact at a collegiate level. Taking a stab at another season at the High school level and ’12-’13 stats is far more manageable. Gone with the graduation of Coleman and Guercy are the 1300+ Points and 400+ Rebounds contributed by the duo. Henderson will not take up the entirety of the slack, but there should prove significant opportunity to bump his statistical impact. I project Henderson to average (’12-’13) in the 17-19 Point and 7.5-8.5 Rebound range and contribute 2-2.5 Assists per game. There may exist an early period of transition as he feels his way thru an increased leadership role, but I expect that to decrease with play. Citing ’12-’13 team goals as “to win tournaments, league, State and CiF again”, there’s little doubt Henderson aims to keep the Alemany bar raised high.
 

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  1. […]     As a rule I limit my profile articles to recruits scheduled to graduate in the current class (now 2012) and the one following (2013). To date there have been a total of (2) exceptions. The first was St. John’s Bosco 4-Star Daniel Hamilton…and you’re reading the second. The reasoning behind my stance is the belief there’s often more hype than substance behind the reps of freshmen and sophomores whom make it onto the national recruiting scene. LeBron James is very much the exception. Daniel Hamilton is physically gifted, mature beyond his years, and has a crazy hoop lineage. When it came time to look at Razhaun “Bear” Henderson, it really came down to more of a gut feeling. Similar to what I found when researching Dakarai Allen I repeatedly came across Bear Henderson and “dogged defender”, “relentless on D”, “lock-down”, and “shutdown”. I tend to gravitate to this style of play and player because it provides me confidence I’m looking at a team first, sellout for my teammates, and leave it all on the floor, type athlete. You couple that mentality with God-given athleticism and positive results tend to follow. FULL STORY […]

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