By Joseph Hayes
For a while Daveyon Henderson had believed he had arrived at a college decision on what school he would attend.
After going through the recruiting process, Henderson became comfortable at a particular college. But after arriving at a decision, Henderson was faced with a pandemic that threw everything off.
Not only would it change his decision, it would force that school to change course on its entire athletic department and make Henderson choose an entirely different program.
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But Henderson will still have the ability to play basketball and get an education on the next level.
“It has been an absolute joy watching Daveyon develop from a 5’9 little boy to a 6’6 ball player,” Richmond coach Josh Presnell said. “He has worked so hard to get where he is. Players like Daveyon don’t come along all the time, so as coaches we tried to enjoy every minute.
“He has a chance to further his game if he continues to work, take the game and the classroom seriously. His future is very bright and I will always be one of his biggest fans.”
In stepped Muskegon Community College, where Henderson will now sign and immediately aims to play a role on the team.
At Richmond Henderson averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block during his senior year.
“The thing was he was very skilled and dedicated,” Presnell said. “In five years he might of missed a handful of practices or workouts. Fast forward to today he’s 6’6 and flat out good. If you watch him play, people will mistake it for him being tired or lazy but it’s not the case, he is smooth.
“I was talking to a college coach the other day and he said “I thought he wasn’t athletic enough, then I saw him go by the fastest guy on the court two times in a row and at that point I knew we wanted him at our school. If Daveyon buys in at the next level he has the ability to be an All-Conference/All-American kid. The most important thing is he will have the chance to earn a degree for free and that was the goal all along.
Now hear from Henderson as he discusses his decision with Joseph Hayes.