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DeAndre Henry, a big man from Arizona, taking official visit to Nevada this weekend

DeAndre Henry
DeAndre Henry gave up football for basketball and now has a scholarship offer from Nevada. (Hudl)

DeAndre Henry, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward from Mountain Pointe, Ariz., will join Justin Johnson an official recruiting visit to Nevada this week.

We first introduced you to Henry in July. Henry was a three-star recruit as an offensive lineman in football but opted in April 2018 to focus on basketball as his future.

Nevada extended Henry a scholarship in July, joining the likes of Grand Canyon, 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 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 because he loved basketball more.

"I have a lot of passion for it," Henry told AZCentral.com when he made the change. "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 has credited football for helping his physicality on the court and his footwork.

Along with Henry, Nevada will get a visit from Justin Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing player originally from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Johnson played last season for South Georgia Tech, a junior college in Cordele, Ga. He averaged 18.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists and 2.5 turnovers per game as a freshman. He shot 46.7 percent from the field, including 30 percent from three, and 59.6 percent from the free throw line.

Nevada has one verbal commitment in the 2020 class in Arizona product Alem Huseinovic. The Wolf Pack has four additional scholarships to use in the 2020 class.

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