I know we have some Newburgh fans here, so I thought I’d throw up a quick post about Marcus Henderson. The senior point guard played about 15 minutes in today’s regional game and finished with five assists, including a pass to Brian Voelkel that drew some of the loudest “ooohs” of the game.
The pass happened so quick I asked Henderson how he pulled it off. He was in the lane and faked a behind-the-back pass to another teammate, then tipped a no-look feed to Voelkel for an easy layup.
But the unique thing about Henderson today other than him being the smallest player on the court by at least six or seven inches is that he remains uncommitted. He told me he has some destinations in mind but wouldn’t share them, only that he will play in college and not a prep school.
Henderson certainly helped himself today. Despite his obvious drawback, he set up teammates on a tee, penetrating into the lane and dropping passes off for layups.
“I think I played pretty well. I think I proved myself,” Henderson said. “I think a lot of guys will think, ‘He’s short, but he knows how to distribute the rock and run the offense.’”
Henderson expects to decide on a school in the next week or two. No matter where he ends up, the little guy who guided Newburgh to a 2009 Class AA state title and back-to-back final fours was satisfied with his final high school game.
“It was very fun,” Henderson said. “I accomplished a lot of things and I accomplished my goal of making it to the Jordan Brand Classic. It’s a great feeling.”