New Friars Coach Ed Cooley Signs Forward From Lansing, MI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence College men's basketball coach Ed Cooley announced on May 6 that student-athlete LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College beginning in September 2011.

“We are very excited to be able to add a student-athlete with LaDontae Henton's skills to our team,” Cooley said. “He will join us in September with the ability to play solid defense and rebound the basketball. LaDontae has the athleticism to run the floor and mix it up in the paint. He comes from one of the top high school and AAU programs in Michigan.”

Henton, a 6-foot-6-inch, 215-pound wing/forward attends Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich. Henton, who was mid-Michigan's first four-time All-State selection since 2000, scored 2,000 points in 90 career games at Eastern High School while playing for head coach Rod Watts. He averaged 22.2 points per game for his career and is one of only 33 players in Michigan High School Association history to score 2,000 or more points. He also is just the fourth player from mid-Michigan to score 2,000 points, joining Marcus Taylor (2,448 points), Earvin Johnson (2,012 points) and Zane Gay (2,004 points). Henton also was impressive on the boards, grabbing 1,210 career rebounds, which ranks fourth all time in the history of the state. Henton never averaged fewer than 14.5 rebounds per game in a season. In four seasons, he paced Eastern High School to a 62-28 record.

“When I visited Providence, I got a chance to spend time with the coaching staff and I really bonded with them,” Henton stated. “Coach Cooley is a great guy and I felt like I could trust him and his staff. I am looking forward to spending the next four years at Providence and having the opportunity to contribute while playing in the BIG EAST.”

In 2011, Henton averaged 25.2 points, 14.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.1 blocks and 2.2 steals per game while helping his team post an 18-7 mark and capturing the district title. He scored 20 or more points 18 times and 30 or more points in six games. Henton also recorded a double-double in 19 of 20 regular season games, including a triple-double of 39 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocks versus Saginaw Arthur Hill. For his efforts, Henton was Michigan's Class A Player of the Year, the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and runner-up for Michigan's Mr. Basketball.



As a junior, Henton led Eastern to a 22-3 mark while the team won the district title. He was the only junior selected Class A First Team All-State. Henton received the accolades after he averaged 24.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game in 2010.

Henton played AAU basketball for the Michigan Mustangs, where he also was coached by Watts.

“I am very proud that LaDontae is going to Providence College to play for Coach Cooley and his staff,” Watts said. “Providence has a great coaching staff and they are really going to get the most out of him. He is excited to play in the BIG EAST. He's a hybrid type of player and that should help him with the league being so physical. LaDontae creates mismatches as he can score in the paint over anyone his size. He also can stretch it out with the bigger guys and bring them outside and score. He is a sharp player, who understands the game.”

Henton is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI under new Friar head coach Ed Cooley.