"Time Has Come Today" For Dre Henley

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By Roy & Harv Schmidt

The persona of De LaSalle's Dre Henley began to rise this past summer when he earned an invitation to the prestigious Reebok All-American Camp on the basis of an outstanding performance at Reebok's underclassman camp in June. But even then, there were still people who were questioning whether or not he was worthy of the invite. However, make no mistake about it--after watching Henley last night at the Windy City Showdown, there is no doubt that he has hit the big time.

Last night at Loyola University's Gentile Center, in a game which matched De LaSalle against nationally ranked Detroit Country Day, Henley was clearly De LaSalle's best player. That in itself is a heavy statement when one considers that De LaSalle is loaded with talent, including our #1 ranked player in Illinois from the class of 2011--6'7 Mike Shaw--as well as one of the most improved point guards in the entire state in 5'11 Derek Needham, who is an absolute recruiting steal for Fairfield.

Henley scored 20 points and pulled down 8 rebounds versus Detroit Country Day and was the main reason why De LaSalle had their opponent on the ropes and was able to battle them to the end before suffering a 75-72 setback in overtime. Above everything else, Henley showed outstanding offensive versatility and floor leadership. As a result, we now believe that he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with all of the elite players in the loaded 2011 class--Shaw, Mt. Carmel's Tracy Abrams, Curie's Wayne Blackshear, Whitney Young's Sam Thompson, Rock Island's Chasson Randle, Bartonville Limestone's Donovine Stewart and anyone else that anybody cares to throw in. There is absolutely no doubt in our mind that Henley is a high major prospect.

The bottom line is that Henley has proven that there is very little that he can't do offensively. At 6'5, he has tremendous upper body strength which allows him to be a consistent scorer in the post, as he pounds the glass and despite sometimes being at a height disadvantage he is capable of punishing opponents more often than not when he gets the ball down low.

However, there is no question that Henley's perimeter skills are every bit as refined as his post skills. He has an above-average handle, can put the ball on the floor and consistently beat opponents to the basket in one-on-one situations. And to top everything off, he is a smooth-shooting lefty with range that extends beyond the 3-point line.

But beyond his actual skill level, the thing that stood out to us the most about Henley was the leadership traits that he displayed. Last night on a national stage, it was Henley, along with Needham, who directed De LaSalle's offense the majority of the time. With that being said, Henley showed amazing poise and maturity, particularly in the most pressure-packed situations. It is therefore no wonder that at this time we tab De LaSalle as one of the two best high school teams that we have seen in Illinois so far this season, with the other being Waukegan (we have not yet seen Thornton, and no, we are not forgetting about North Lawndale, Whitney Young or Zion-Benton). Forget the final score of last night's game--it doesn't matter.

At the present time Henley's recruitment is not nearly as high-profile as that of most of the other top prospects in Illinois from the class of 2011. In fact, his only known scholarship offer to date is from Southern Illinois University. However, University of Kentucky assistant coach Tracy Webster was also in the house last night and was watching Henley closely. Not only is Kentucky highly interested, but we can virtually guarantee that they will be turning up the heat. And as word spreads regarding Henley (and it will spread quickly) we can assure everyone that between now and next spring his recruitment will reach new proportions.

To sum it all up, if there were still any doubters when it came to Henley prior to last night, those doubts should now be completely erased. And the best part about it is that Henley won't rest on his laurels. He has an outstanding work ethic and wants to continue to get better. As far as we are concerned, he already has. That is why any further accomplishments and success that comes Henley's way won't surprise us whatsoever.

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I concur completely. I was very impressed with Henley's game last night and wrote about it on Makingthedance.com.

I thought his game was every bit as refined as Blackshears and Shaw's.

AND NOW THE PEOPLE NO WHAT IV'E KNOWN FOR 3 YEARS HE IS THE NUMBER #1 PLAYER IN THE CLASS OF 2011!!!! AT 6"5 MAYBE EVEN 6"6 NO OTHER PLAYER IN THE CLASS CAN DO ALL THE THINGS HE CAN DO PERIOD.WHO ELSE CAN PLAY THE 1 THROUGH 5 POSTIONS WELL ? I AM ONE OF HIS BIGGEST FANS AND ITS ABOUT TIME HE GETS HIS PROPS. HORRAY FOR DRE' HENLEY!!!!!!!!!

I have been watching the players in the class of 2011 for the last year and the half. I personnally think that this Henley kid is the # 1 player in this class, because of his height, size, ball handling skills, vision on the court and how easily he can produce buckets, and get other players envolved in the game. Henley has such a calm disposition on the court he seems to have the maturaty of a 2nd year college player instead of a sophmore in high school. I did a little research and Henley stats for this year so far keeps my intrest..He averages 16 points a game, 6 rebounds a game, 3 assist a game and 2 steals a game. A coaches dream!!!!!! I found this info in the Southtown Star newspaper. In case you want to check it for yourself. Henley is by far the most talented, all around player for the Meteors. This young man is a true leader and I will follow him for the rest of his career.It should be a long one!!

YOU LIVE IN ILLINOIS, YOU SHOULD PLAY FOR ILLINOIS!

DRE HENLEY & ADONIS FILER ALWAYS GET OVER SHADOWED BY MIKE SHAW & TRACEY ABRHAMS , THATS GOOD THAT THEY ARE GETTING SOME LOVE KEEP WORKING HARD FELLAS.

I have watched Henley play since 7th grade in Evanston's FAAM House League. He has been a very good player for awhile now. Why he was NOT on DeLaSalle's varsity last year is beyond me? His game is more refined than Blackshears and just as refines as Shaw's. The coach at DeLaSalle needs to know what he has in Henley and Shaw.

Is there any chance that Bruce Weber will offer this young man a scholarship to play in Champaign in the near future? Or will the Illini wait to hear from Shaw, Blackshear, and Thompson first? I really like his game!

Roy & Harv Respond:


John,


We do think there is a chance that Henley could be offered a scholarship by the Illini. This is something we hope to get more info on in the near future.

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