By Joe Henricksen
Orr junior Mycheal Henry, who has vaulted up the City/Suburban Hoops Report player rankings over the past six months, received an offer from Wisconsin Saturday.
Henry, a 6-6 athlete who was all promise and potential as a sophomore, has elevated his game greatly and become a highly productive player as a junior. In particular, he's become a versatile offensive threat who has shown an improved ability to knock down perimeter shots and with range. His elevation and high release point on his jumper make him a weapon on the perimeter, while also being able to finish at the rim with his athleticism. Henry is still in the process of putting the whole package together, including becoming more comfortable handling the ball and being a bigger weapon off the dribble. But the biggest hurdle he cleared this winter is the ability to be productive on a consistent basis. He's been that player virtually every night out for Orr.
Henry is among the top five players in the Hoops Report's Class of 2011 player rankings, with that great combination of size, great body, athleticism and just enough skill to make him a tantalizing prospect. Right now he is arguably the best pure scorer in the class.
Wisconsin, who had assistant coach Howard Moore in the gym earlier this week to see Orr's matchup at Hyde Park, continues to show how hard they are tapping into the Chicago area, with Deerfield's Duje Dukan already signed and Brooks guard George Marshall already committed.
Wisconsin joins a growing list of schools that have offered, including Illinois State, Nevada, Saint Louis and Baylor. In addition, Georgetown is set to get heavily involved with Henry after watching him play Friday night. Georgetown came in to see Gary Lew Wallace star Branden Dawson and came away impressed with Henry. As the Hoops Report stated in earlier this winter, Henry's stock is rising and high-major programs will come calling.