June 5, 2012 in Division I
Yesterday, Drew Cannon of Basketball Prospectus looked at how the preseason top 100 freshman in college basketball actually fared as college players. Today, he wrote about some under the radar freshman who exceeded expectations in the NCAA, including former Lansing Eastern star LaDontae Henton, now a standout at Providence:
Henton played an incredible 37 minutes per game for the Friars (and, even more incredibly, finished third on the team in minutes behind Vincent Council and Bryce Cotton). He was an efficient fourth scoring option, and he was also an effective defensive rebounder. Henton ranks here largely because, in a sea of mid-major reserves, Henton never left the floor for a major-conference team. That sounds like a knock, but it’s not — he had a very nice season for the Friars.
Henton, quite simply, is one of the most productive high school players the state of Michigan has produced in the last decade or two. He was also a finalist in one of the most contentious (of many recently contentious, incidentally) Mr. Basketball votes in 2011, when he finished second to Dwaun Anderson.