This profile is mostly out of a courtesy to Dennis Henson, the finance manager at Champion Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep in Indianapolis. He helped me close a deal on a new Jeep Cherokee on Saturday, which will serve as the new official transportation of the blog here. He also mentioned that his son was getting some interest from Purdue as a 2016 basketball recruit, so let's learn a little about him.
Henson is a 6'4" shooting guard entering his senior season at Warren Central. Officially, he has offers from only IUPUI and Western Illinois, but he is the No. 8 player in Indiana and his dad said that Purdue was at least contacting him. The major recruiting services haven't rated him yet and he is playing this summer for the Spiece Indy Heat. This is a solid AAU program that includes Vijay Blackmon and C.J. Walker this summer.
Warren Central is known more for its football program than its basketball program, but it still plays in a very tough league with North Central, Lawrence North, and Carmel. In the last three season Warren Central has hovered around .500 (11-9, 12-11, 10-12), but they will have a new coach this season after Greg Graham (of IU fame) resigned.
Henson has also played against some of the best competition the state can offer. Last year alone they played Indy Tech, Cathedral (twice), Lawrence North (twice), North Central, Carmel, Southport, Ben Davis (twice), and Richmond. They are one of the few schools in the state that played an entirely Class 4A schedule, and none of these teams were exactly awful. His teams were outscored by an average of just 2.3 points per game, so he is used to competitive games against good competition.
I could not find his Warren Central stats, but I found his spring AAU stats. He averaged about 8 points per game and struggled greatly to shoot. His video shows that he has decent court vision and can hit the open three. He has long arms too that can be disruptive in passing lanes.
That's where his impact would be seen at Purdue. Coach Painter isn't going to go after him unless he wants to play defense and do the little things. I don't think he is going to be a "Red Button" type of scorer, so to play he is going to need to do a lot of the little things.
I like his size at 6'4" as a shooting guard. That is going to help him at the next level. I can only judge so much from a 2:30 highlight clip though. The Purdue coaches must like some of what they see because they are at least interested. I will defer to OldBoiler on the rest as he has likely seen more of him.