Mycheal Henry To Sign With Illini Wednesday

Mycheal Henry (Jack Lyman)

Official signing day for basketball is Wednesday, and the Fighting Illini have one of their best classes ready to join the team. Mycheal Henry exploded on the scene last year and has the potential to be an outstanding college player. He is looking forward to playing with a team that has the ingredients for a national title run.

Chicago Orr wing Mycheal Henry is a late blossoming wing player who committed to Illinois last winter. He is looking forward to making it official on Signing Day Wednesday.

"I'm excited. I can't wait for it. It was a long wait."

While Henry knew where he wanted to attend college, he hadn't taken his official visit to campus until the weekend of the Indiana football game.

"It went fine. I enjoyed myself a lot. They showed us around campus. We went to the football game. After the game we just hung out."

He made the visit with close friend Mike Shaw, who later committed to Illinois. Henry is pleased to have Shaw join the team.

"Yeah, he's a good fella."

Shaw and Henry have been working out together for a long time, so now they can continue that habit throughout their college career. Henry described some of the things they work on together.

"We do some ball handling and shooting."

Henry is excited about the potential of his recruiting class, which includes Tracy Abrams, Nnanna Egwu, and Shaw.

"I think it's a pretty good class. Tracy and I talk a lot of times. He's just like me and Mike. I haven't really had a chance to talk to Nnanna."

Adding their talents to the seven top-quality athletes in the current Illinois freshman and sophomore classes gives hope for future glory.

"I think we've got a chance to be a Final Four team. We'll try to win one."

The 6'-6", 200 pound athlete is a tremendous shooter all the way out to the three point line. But he is also good at posting up, and he can penetrate and finish. He hopes to lead his Chicago Orr team to a successful season.

"I think we should be fine as long as we play together. If we don't play selfish we should be pretty good."

The feeling in most circles is that Henry hasn't come close to reaching his peak. He is working on the tools he needs to get there.

"I need to work on my defense and ball handling."

Henry lost his brother recently in an accidental shooting, and it has been difficult for him to adjust. He attended Midnight Madness, but there was a sadness in his otherwise bright eyes. Hopefully, signing with Illinois Wednesday will put his big smile back on his face.

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