January 26, 2010
2011 Lansing Eastern forward LaDontae Henton takes in CMU game
Lansing Eastern 2011 forward LaDontae Henton has been a staple on the prep basketball scene since he stepped on the court as a freshman. Since that point, the 6-foot-6 and 220 pound Henton has drawn rave reviews for his inside play and his relentless rebounding. With those qualities in mind, Lansing Eastern is now 7-1 and Henton is a big reason for that.
"Our season is going real good, we're 7-1 and 4-0 in the conference," said Henton. "We want to go far in the tournament, but right now we're just taking it one game at a time and we want to win the conference first."
Lansing Eastern is coming off a tough three game stretch that say them play the likes of Grand Ledge, Sexton and Holt. The Quakers were able to come out of those games 3-0 and Henton's play was a big reason why. Against Grand Ledge and forward Jon Horford, Henton tallied 29 points and 14 rebounds for a dominating 89-67 win. The following game against Sexton saw Henton score 21 points and notch 14 rebounds in a 58-57 win, and finally, in a match up against No. 4 ranked Holt and Cole Darling, all Henton did was score 29 points and grab 19 rebounds in their upset victory. In that three game stretch, Henton averaged 26 points and 16 rebounds, all while playing against three of the top teams in Mid-Michigan and some of the top players in the state.
Schools are starting to take notice. Despite concerns about his size and whether he can play down low at the next level, Henton just keeps producing and has developed into one of the top players in the 2011 class. He held offers previously from Utah and Penn State, and Central Michigan just offered him last week.
"I got six offers so far," said Henton. "But there are still a lot of schools looking at me like Kentucky, Florida, Utah, and a bunch of other schools."
Henton reports that no front runners have emerged.
"I really don't have any," said a smiling Henton. "I just know I have six offers and schools are still looking at me, so I don't know yet."
In between his high school season, Henton was able to make it up to CMU to catch the Chippewas victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday night. CMU, who just recently offered him, is definitely on Henton's radar as his recruitment progresses.
"It was a real hard fought game, Central Michigan pulled it off and it was a good game," said Henton. "It was real exciting and CMU just offered me the other day, so they are definitely on my list."
Behind Henton, senior guard Cameron Sanchez and freshman Cha Cha Tucker, the Quakers are emerging as a legitimate title contender. They look to continue their hot streak tonight against Owosso.
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