Athlete of the Month: Ian Henderson

By Tommy Hopkins, Staff Writer

After playing basketball since 2nd grade Ian Henderson is anything but a novice when it comes to playing basketball. He first was introduced to basketball by his brother and cousins who taught him the basics. Since then Henderson has taken off with his basketball game continuing to improve.

“Lots of people have influenced me, mainly my family just making sure I’m sticking to stringing for the best i can be. More motivation than an influence…” Henderson said.

His motivation has been evident to teammate Mysta Goodloe. “The thing I like about ian the most on and off the court is that on the court he plays with so much emotion, I know he gone play his heart out when we on the court.”

Hendersons first main sport was football but can really play any sport because of his great athletic ability. This athletic ability has allowed Henderson to become a starting guard on the Reynolds varsity basketball team. He started his basketball career off at Reynolds on JV with an overall winning record of 12-7 and the continued to improve the next year with a 16-4 overall record. This year as his first year on varsity the team has gone 11-9 despite losing many key players to college.  

Before playing at Reynolds Henderson played in middle school for Paisleys for both the 7th and 8th grade team. When school ball isnt session he played for AAU for most of his basketball career. Henderson even got MVP of the Gold Champs Big Shot Nation tournament while playing for the Triad Trojans. When playing AAU Henderson made his favorite basketball memory.

Henderson said, “My favorite memory was playing in Virginia at AAU nationals and dropping 36 point that game.”

Fellow member of the varsity basketball team Charlie Mensh says “Ian reminds me of Jason Williams (former NBA player for the Sacramento Kings) because he plays the game a lot like him and they have the same nickname ‘White Chocolate’. He is very crafty in the way he plays, he’s not the biggest player on the court but he still manages to get into the lane and finish and he makes some passes that are Incredible.  He’s really athletic and has a nice shot.”