Mesa’s D.J. Henderson to join ASU men’s hoops team as walk-on
Mesa High shooting guard D.J. Henderson will walk on to the Arizona State men’s basketball team this season.
Henderson led the Jackrabbits in scoring last year with 14.6 points per game and shot 42 percent from 3-point range. He had an early offer from Northern Arizona and was considering various junior colleges until he asked coach Shane Burcar to inquire about a spot with the Sun Devils.
Henderson excelled at the Arizona State team camp last summer, which likely played a role in coach Herb Sendek offering him the walk-on spot.
“When we talked, coach Sendek said he’s been watching me since 11th grade and has always liked my game,” Henderson said. “He said I’d be a really good addition to the team. I thought ASU was the perfect fit.”
At 6-foot-1, Henderson is undersized for a shooting guard but has one of the sweeter perimeter shots in Arizona. He said he would love to get some minutes this season, but his focus is on helping the team in any way he can.
“We have a lot of good guards, so I’m going to come in there humble and pick all of their brains,” Henderson said.
Henderson will be the second former Mesa High star on the Arizona State roster, joining point guard Jahii Carson. They never played together with the Jackrabbits but attended the same training sessions growing up.
Henderson said he will join the Sun Devils for practice when school begins in mid-August.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’ve been in the gym every day.”