He's not even in college yet but Mycheal Henry is already a star. Top five in the state of Illinois is pretty sweet, but so is being respected and putting your name out there through your actions on the court.
I was recently able to meet Henry and have a one on one discussion with the 6'6" 219 pound shooting guard from Orr High School in Chicago, Illinois. An ESPNChicago All-Area selection, Henry averaged 29 points and nine rebounds as a junior at Orr.
Henry has committed to the University of Illinois, and that news has Bruce Weber along with Fighting Illini fans smiling ear to ear. Ready to lead them back to the Final Four, Henry has his own plan and doesn't have to look far for his biggest influence.
During talks with Henry he discussed how he is his own biggest influence, and to become the best he can be will still not be good enough. His motivation is all about "becoming better and there is always room for improvement," Henry said.
When talking about Illinois and what he can bring to a young stud team in the year 2011, Henry wanted not just Fighting Illini fans but the whole college basketball nation to know that he's going to "come in and tweak some things to make myself and the team better and lead them back to the top." Strong words from a very strong young man.
Henry has been left out of some of the top tournaments in the country, and while he is self motivated, being overlooked just adds fuel to the fire. "That's just more motivation for me to do even better than what they expect," he said. So expect the unexpected from one of the top high school players.
A Top Five recruit in Illinois and Top 50 in the nation, Henry is ready to rise, but don't get caught looking cause he might be tearing your high school, and soon enough your favorite college apart.
With his senior year in high school approaching, the media will soon be following. No need to wait till college because this phenom will be turning heads like he has been since he first stepped onto a basketball court.