Sunday, September 29, 2013
Scout's take: Henriquez to UCF
By Adam Finkelstein
ESPN 100 shooting guard Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) made a verbal commitment to Central Florida this weekend, marking the fourth player to commit to head coach Donnie Jones in the last two weeks.
The hot streak for UCF began with ESPN 60 power forward Alex Owens (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge) on Sept. 17, grew a day later with junior point guard Corey Sanders (Lakeland, Fla./IMG Academy), continued to gain momentum late last week with 2015 power forward Chad Brown (Deltona, Fla./Deltona) and was punctuated by Henriquez's decision on Sunday morning.
Why he committed: Henriquez was previously committed to Miami and continued to make staying close to home a priority during his second time through the process. He picked UCF over Butler, Vanderbilt, Minnesota and Creighton.
“It was an opportunity to be part of the first wave of players [to commit to UCF],” Henriquez told ESPN.com, “and I think Coach Jones can help take my game to the next level. He does a great job developing his players.”
What he brings: Henriquez is highly versatile on the perimeter and capable of playing three positions. He’s very smooth with a long build and an extremely high basketball IQ. He can make plays for himself by getting to the rim and finishing with touch and body control, but he is perhaps at his best with his ability to facilitate for those around him. He’s valuable in a half-court setting because he moves the ball, rarely lets it stick and is opportunistic with his individual offense. He needs to continue to get stronger while also adding the discipline to be at his best on a daily basis.
How the class is shaping up: Henriquez joins B.J. Taylor (Orlando, Fla./Boone) to become the second prospect to commit to UCF in the 2014 class. Combine those two with the three recent committed prospects in the 2015 class, and Central Florida is asserting itself like never before in its own back yard. Simply put, Jones and his staff have made a statement in recent weeks, and it is now very clear that the Knights will take a backseat to no one when it comes to recruiting the top players from the Sunshine State.
How he fits: Henriquez’s versatility makes him the type of player who can easily mesh with any type of lineup or personnel. At UCF, he and Taylor make an intriguing backcourt tandem for the future because they’re both equally capable of creating their own offense or facilitating for others. While Taylor is more of a true point guard, he’s also a talented scorer so Henriquez’s presence should allow Taylor to utilize those tools more than he otherwise would. Adding the three 2015 prospects to the equation, Owens and Brown provide a very strong interior tandem while a potential backcourt of Taylor, Sanders and Henriquez is especially dangerous with three ball-handlers who are capable of pushing the tempo, coming off ball screens and making plays.
Who he reminds us of: Henriquez is a little like Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Corey Brewer, who previously starred at Florida while Jones was an assistant under Billy Donovan. But Henriquez is also similar to guys like Jordan Hamilton (University of Texas/Denver Nuggets) and Vander Blue (Marquette/Philadelphia 76ers) in that he’s a versatile wing who can score and play multiple perimeter positions.