Thursday, May 21, 2009

ADIOS, GERALD "ELBOWS" HENDERSON

There was only one player at Duke who could have helped the Devils end their recent futility against their arch rival next season – and now he’s gone.

Gerald Henderson has officially signed with agent Arn Tellem, the school announced Tuesday. A bunch of kids at UNC who painted their noses red to look as if they too had been bloodied by Henderson’s elbow will miss him.

Henderson originally entered the draft without signing with an agent, preserving his college eligibility. But he signed with Tellem on Monday, according to a school news release.

A 6-foot-4 wing, Henderson is the 10th Duke player under Mike Krzyzewski to enter the NBA draft with college eligibility remaining. A first-team All-ACC selection, Henderson led the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game last season as a junior.

Next season Duke will return nine letterwinners, including starters Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith and Lance Thomas.

"It's a big hit for them because I thought (Henderson) was such a catalyst and a confidence instiller on offense," Raycom TV analyst and former Blue Devil Mike Gminski said. "Obviously he could get to the rim and his jumper was much better last year. I just think they looked to him for a lot of their confidence. . . .I think it's going to put a lot of onus on (Jon) Scheyer to step up from a leadership standpoint…”

The draft is scheduled June 25 in New York.

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