Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Gamecocks land three-star PF Henry
By Reggie Rankin
Class of 2013 power forward Demetrius Henry (Miami/Faith Baptist Christian) ended his recruiting Wednesday, committing to South Carolina over Miami (FL).
"I thought South Carolina was the best fit for me,” said Henry, a three-star prospect. “I have a good relationship with Coach Martin and assistant coach Lamont Evans. Coach Martin always told me how much he needed me, and I felt really needed.
"There was nothing Miami did or didn't do. Coach Larraņaga is a great coach, but I decided Miami was too close (to home) and I wanted to get away. Get a fresh start."
Three-star power forward Demetrius Henry will play for South Carolina next season.
SC coach Frank Martin is a Miami native and former high school coach at Miami Senior, North Miami and Booker T. Washington, so his recruiting ties have been strong in south Florida for years.
Henry stands at 6-foot-9, 215 pounds and is an excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor in and out of his area. While his work on the glass is his calling card, Henry has continued to improve his overall game, especially on offense. Henry also has an excellent motor and understands how productive he can be by simply playing extremely hard.
"I am a face-up 4 who can pick-and-pop and post,” Henry said. “I create matchup problems. I can defend both forward positions and block shots.”
Henry is the sixth commitment for the Gamecocks, a haul that includes ESPN 100 shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster, S.C./Oak Hill Academy), center Desmond Ringer (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing), shooting guard Duane Notice (Toronto, Ontario/St. Thomas More), shooting guard Justin McKie (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) and small forward Reggie Theus Jr. (Los Angeles/Fairfax). Martin has assembled a class rich in perimeter scoring options, low-post toughness and excellent rebounders. The Gamecocks have the potential to make a major jump up the standings in the very competitive SEC during the 2013-14 season.