Mycheal Henry is accustomed to weight training. He and fellow Illinois rookie Mike Shaw have worked out together in the past. Henry was prepared for the workouts required by UI Strength and Conditioning coach Jimmy Price.
"It's a little easier for me. I'm used to lifting tons."
Henry says he now weighs 230 pounds on his 6'-6" frame. That extra strength might allow him to play some power forward in addition to a wing if needed. Of course, he also admits he may yet need to turn some baby fat into muscle.
"I think I need to get quicker and get in shape. That's the main priority."
One thing is for sure, Henry is adapting quickly to college life.
"I'm not really gonna miss home."
Indeed, the Chicago Orr product is happy to be in Champaign with his talented classmates.
"It's exciting to be with all the guys. My first game, I really enjoyed it then. I love it at Illinois right now. We play well together."
Henry agrees there's a bond already established with the four Chicago freshmen on the team. They are hoping to blend with Alabama guard Devin Langford as he acclimates to his new surroundings.
"Me, Mike, Tracy (Abrams) and Nnanna (Egwu), we're really close right now. And Devin just arrived. We're trying to get him to open up with us so we can all be a family."
Henry describes his strengths and weaknesses.
"I guess they call me a scorer; that's what I'm good at. I don't mind being known for that. I have to work on my defense. That's my weakness."
He feels all the freshmen are good enough to compete for playing time this year.
"We should be able to get playing time, yes. As long as we come in and work hard and play together, we should be good."
Henry will no doubt be a valued player for Illinois throughout his career. Right now, he's just an eager freshman in awe of his surroundings.
"Every day is something new for me. It's really exciting."