The Nevada basketball team got a late start on the 2020 recruiting class as it had to re-recruit its current roster first, but one player in that class to keep an eye on is bulky big man Deandre Henry.
Henry is a 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward from Mountain Pointe, Ariz., who was a three-star recruit as an offensive lineman before switching his focus to basketball in April 2018.
Nevada extended Henry a scholarship offer over the weekend, joining the likes of Portland State, South Dakota, Northern Arizona, North Carolina A&T, Air Force, Northern Colorado, Montana State, Loyola Marymount, Loyola-Chicago and Cornell as schools recruiting him. Henry told ScoopManTV.com he has a good relationship with Nevada associate head coach Craig Neal.
“They’ve been telling me that I’m a priority for them and that they want to set up a visit,” Henry told ScoopManTV.com. “And that Coach Neal will develop me into one of the top guys in college and I will become unstoppable. Me and coach Neal have already created a strong bond and it’s only been a few days.
“Right now, my recruitment is wide open. I’m looking for the best fit for me and my family, academically and sports wise. I’m going to start taking visits to colleges and getting to see the campuses, coaching staffs and see what’s best.”
Henry averaged 12.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last season while shooting 62 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line for Mountain Pointe High, which was ranked sixth in the state of Arizona and 527th nationally.
Henry had scholarship offers in football from Arizona State, Memphis and Kansas State, among others, before giving up the sport. but he loved basketball more.
"I have a lot of passion for it," Henry told AZCentral.com. "I fell in love with the game in the seventh grade. I've been playing football for so long, since like first, second grade. I ended up saying, 'I'm going to just switch to basketball and leave football.' I can always go back to football if basketball doesn't work out. But I'm praying every day that basketball does work out and I make it."
Said his coach Duane Eason: "When we talked, it was about his heart. His heart just wasn't in football all of the way that it needed to be. He is such a good kid that he actually felt like, with his relationship with those guys on the football team, he didn't feel it was right to be out there and not giving what he needed."
Henry told ScoopManTV.com he planned on taking an official visit to Nevada soon and that his football career has helped him in basketball.
“Football definitely plays a big role in my physicality on the court and my footwork for sure,” he told ScoopManTV.com. “It helped me stay light on my feet and gave me an advantage in body structure because of the weight room. I love the weight room and football was nothing but weights and practice. So it played a good role in some of my basketball skills.”
Nevada has one verbal commitment in the 2020 class in Arizona product Alem Huseinovi. The Wolf Pack has a minimum of four scholarships to use in the class. Here is 247Sports.com's list of other 2020 products Nevada has offered.