April 26, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. --- University of New Mexico head men's basketball coach Steve Alford has announced that 6-9 forward Jarion Henry, who led Kimball High School to a state title in 2011 in Texas, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Lobo basketball program next season. Henry, one of the top forward prospects in the country, joins recently signed Hugh Greenwood and Centennial Corona's Dominique Dunning in what is shaping up as one of Alford's top recruiting classes as New Mexico.
Henry, from Dallas, Texas is ranked a four-star recruit by both Yahoo Sports and Scout.com. His positional ranking is #22, and overall he is ranked #84. The 6-9, 200 pound forward was heavily recruited by BCS schools such as Georgetown, Oregon, and Marquette, with Kentucky also making a late charge. Henry announced his decision live on a Dallas television station Sunday night, saying "the (Lobo) coaching staff has been there since day one."
As recently as last week, Yahoo sports had Henry as one of the 10 best 2011 unsigned seniors. "The first thing they're getting is a winner," said Henry's high school coach Royce "Snoop" Johnson, as told to Damon Sayles of TexasHoops.com. "They're going to get a guy who is not really caught up in all the hype. He wanted to come to a program that's a winner, and he wanted to contribute to a winner."
"We are very excited to get Jarion," said head coach Steve Alford. "To get a player of his status is huge. He is one of the top players in the country, and he is joining a great recruiting class. He is extremely versatile at 6-9, as he can play multiple positions."
In 2010-11, Henry led Dallas Kimball to the Texas 4A state championship as his squad went 38-3 and finished the year ranked #21 nationally by MaxPreps. Henry averaged nearly a triple double with 14.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists per game. He also spent time with the Dallas AAU Showtyme Elite, and in 2010 he was named MVP of the Memorial Day Great American Shoot Out, played in Carrollton, Texas.
Henry played two seasons at Kimball after transferring from Cerritos Gahr High School in California. His father Herman "Skeeter" Henry starred for the University of Oklahoma, averaging 17.3 points per game as a senior.
The incoming class for 2011-12 now features Henry, 6-3 guard Hugh Greenwood, and 6-4 guard Dominique Dunning.