2012-2013 Player Preview Countdown: #2 LaDontae Henton

dave@friarblog —  November 8th, 2012 8:39 AM —  Comments
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bucketsLeading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

#3. Bryce Cotton

#2. LaDontae Henton

As Ed Cooley’s first ever recruit during his first few months on the job, Henton proved that recruiting rankings are sometimes garbage. The 6-6 forward from Michigan became an instant fan favorite due to his overall knack for the ball and ability to score from everywhere. In the offseason that saw lots of misses for additional big men, constant wondering about Ricky Ledo’s status, and lots praying for Kris Dunn’s shoulder, Friartown sometimes forgot Henton was still here and ready to build on one of the best freshman seasons in PC history.

Resources: Friars.com Profile

Nickname: Buckets

Follow: Twitter: @HentonBuckets23, Instagram: henton23

Stud stats: On the way to breaking Ryan Gomes’ freshman scoring record at PC, LaDontae Henton put up nine double-doubles (six coming in BIG EAST play). One of his most impressive performances came in a rare road win at DePaul. Henton had 24 points and 15 rebounds, including the game winning jumper with a few seconds left. Shot an impressive 39.3% from behind the arc.

Dud stats: The one area statistically that Henton didn’t really excel in was passing. He got an assist on only 6.5% of his possessions, leading to 1.1 assists per game. It’s not like he was a ball hog or anything, just a potential area of improvement to keep an eye on this season.

I know what you did last summer: LaDontae Henton was a late addition to the Global Sports Academy Tour in August. He played with Bryce Cotton in Germany, Belgium, and France. Buckets and Ice! You can read about their trip in an interview I did with their coach.

Know your role: With a lot of questions surrounding the other members of the front court, Henton is likely to see a ton of minutes once again. While the roster tries to survive the early part of the season, he will be counted on to help shoulder the offensive load along with Council and Cotton. Overall, Henton will be the team’s top rebounder who steps up in key moments on both ends of the floor against the best competition in the BIG EAST.

Relevant Tune: Say Yes! To Michigan! – Sufjan Stevens

Tried to change the
Made in Michigan
I was raised, I was raised
In the place, in the place,
part to remind me.

If LaDontae Henton was a TV Show: Person of Interest – I started watching this show on CBS when it debuted last season. I really wasn’t expecting much, but it had Ben from Lost so it seemed somewhat interesting. Well, it turned out to be AWESOME, and is now one of my favorite shows on TV right how. The main character kicks ass, there is a lot of action and drama, the story is amazing, and it even makes me laugh. It can do it all.

Best case scenario: Henton’s overall numbers as a freshman were very similar to Gomes’ first year as a Friar (which famously started late because he almost got redshirted). With increased efficiency in addition to his continued strong outside shooting, Henton follows in the footsteps of the Friar legend and comes very close to duplicating his 18/9 sophomore season.

Worst case scenario: An increased workload somewhat diminishes Henton’s production, and he isn’t able to build on his BIG EAST All-Rookie season. The three point shot doesn’t fall as often, and defenses are really able to lock down his inside game. The rebounding is still there, but Henton takes a step back and doesn’t play like the number two scoring option as he did last year. Stats: 32 minutes per game, 11 ppg, 8 rpg.

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