23 - LaDontae Henton

6-5, 215 Small Forward
Providence Senior
01/06/92 (28.6 yrs)
Lansing, MI
High School
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Jump Shot
NBA Ready
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85 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Ryan Thompson

Strengths: At 6-foot-6, 215, Henton is a tough and physical forward … Routinely uses his strength and athleticism as an advantage when fighting for position with bigger players to secure rebounds or score in the paint…NBA body … Plays bigger than his actual size … Has a knack for being where the ball is, especially when it comes to rebounding and coming up with loose balls … Has good anticipation and is quick to go after offensive rebounds … Does not shy away from physicality (willing to take charges and bang with bigger players) … Can defend more than one position with his size and length … Aggressive rebounder and offensive player … A pure scorer with a versatile and smooth offensive game … Is always a threat to score whether he’s in the post, in transition, or pulling up from mid-range or deep … Great catch-and-shooter … Uses an array of ball fakes to create space and knock down either one-dribble or two-dribble pull-ups … Also can create paint points for himself off the dribble … Capable of posting up and shooting/scoring over smaller defenders or drawing fouls on bigger defenders … Has nice range on his jumper … His size and versatility allows him to play either forward position (in college), causing mismatch problems … Makes smart plays in transition, whether it’s attacking the basket and drawing a foul or finding an open teammate … Runs the floor well on the fast break … Strong finisher around the basket in the half court and in transition … Finds open areas along the baseline really well when driving to the basket for scores … Capable of scoring with either hand at the rim and around the basket … Creates opportunities for his teammates by being active on both ends of the floor … Reliable and unafraid to take and make big shots … Wants the ball in his hands late in games … Can carry a team’s scoring load for long stretches of a game … Has shown great leadership qualities on and off the court … Very durable …

Weaknesses: Heavy feet for a 3 … Does not possess great quickness in the half court and is seen as somewhat of a tweener for the next level … Lack of quickness and speed off the dribble makes it tougher for him to get by longer, quicker, bigger and more athletic defenders … Shot selection (mostly with his jumper) is an issue at times … Average free throw shooter (but is improving) … Can tighten up his ball-handling in traffic … Needs to polish his ability to shoot the ball off the dribble … Gets caught up in playing at a fast pace so he shoots before he’s set or too early in the shot clock … Forces some shots … Does not get to the line as much as he probably should … Has an average of just 4.1 free throw attempts per game over the course of his collegiate career … Not much of a shot creator for his teammates … Averaged just 1.1 assists throughout his career … The ball tends to stick in his hands when his gets it, resulting in a high usage rate and low assist rate … Tends to dominate the ball with his left hand … Needs to improve his perimeter defense, both on and off the ball … Lateral movement needs to be improved as opposing guards can beat him off the dribble consistently … Not great at defending off the bounce…Sometimes lack awareness of his defensive positioning and loses shooters …

Notes: Nicknamed “Buckets,” Providence forward LaDontae Henton took over the leadership and scoring responsibilities after the loss of do-it-all point guard Bryce Cotton … Henton joined great company during his senior campaign … He capped off a stellar four-year career by becoming only the second Friar all-time to register 2,000-plus points and 1,000-plus rebounds (Ryan Gomes is the other), and just the fourth player in Big East history to score more than 2,000 points (Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning at Georgetown, along with Gomes) … The senior led the Big East in the 2014-15 season with 19.7 points per game and finished seventh with 6.4 rebounds per contest, ending his career with totals of 2,059 points and 1,054 rebounds … He finished the season as the sixth Friar in the league’s history (and third in the last five years) to lead the conference in scoring and established Providence career records for games played (135), starts (134) and minutes played (4,909) … He played an integral role in Providence’s 21-10 mark overall and 11-7 record in BIG EAST play, while helping the Friars earn a fourth seed in the Big East Tournament and and sixth seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament … The Michigan native was named First Team All-Big East and United States Basketball Writers Association District 1 Player of The Year … He was also selected to the USBWA All-District 1 Team and named one of five finalists for the 2015 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award … Averaged a Big East leading 37.0 minutes per game this season … Played at least 30 minutes in 31 of 34 games this season and in 40-plus minutes of a game eight times (includes the 45 minutes he played in the Jan. 10 overtime game against Georgetown) … Appeared in all 135 possible games over the course of his career …

Tajh Jenkins 3/21/15

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