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Humphrey takes it to next level

By Anthony Rhoads

Throughout his four years at Stockbridge High School, Quin Humphrey was generally regarded as one of the best prep basketball players in the area and perhaps the state.

Now, Humphrey will be going on to play basketball at the NCAA Division I level as he has signed a letter-of-intent to play at Youngstown State, a member of the Horizon League.

"I'm excited about it," Humphrey said. "It feels good to get the chance to play at the next level. I wanted to go where I felt comfortable with the coaches and players."

Humphrey ended his career at Stockbridge in stellar fashion with 26.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game during his senior season.

"He's a great kid," Stockbridge head coach Mark Andrews said. "He works hard; he's a great person to be around; he's coachable and he understands the game."

Humphrey's accomplishments at Stockbridge went beyond individual statistics and accolades.

"I think he's good at making the players around him better," Andrews said. "He has the ability to play with a lot of pressure on him. Personally, we've had a good relationship over the last four years."

In his senior season, Humphrey led the Tigers to its first state playoff appearance in 10 years.

The team advanced to the Sweet 16 and ended the season at 20-10.

"It was the best feeling in the world," Humphrey said. "It felt great to be able to able the team in any way I could."

Throughout his years at Stockbridge, Humphrey forged a bond with Andrews. It began on the basketball court but grew into a relationship that mirrowed a father-son situation.

"We got off on a shaky start when I was a freshman," Humphrey said. "We got closer and he's like my second dad."

Humphrey will enter a program where he might get playing time a freshman.

Last season, Youngstown State finished the season at 9-20 in a conference that featured two teams that went to the NCAA Tournament, Butler and the Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"I think that's a good decision for him," Andrews said. "It's a good place."

Henderson going to Savannah State: From Union Grove Wolverines' inaugural basketball season in 2000-01 to the present, one mainstay has been P.L. Henderson.

Henderson, a 6-foot-6 center, will be the first Union Grove basketball player to go to the collegiate level as he has received a scholarship to play at Savannah State, a Division I program.

"It's a great achievement to get the chance to play at the next level," he said. "I'll work hard at that level, just as I have at this level."

Henderson averaged about 16-17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots per game while at Union Grove

"He's a good kid," Savannah State head coach Daniels said. "I want to recruit a person who is not only a good athlete but a good person and someone who is going to be strong academically and athletically. I'm looking forward to coaching him over the next few years."

Henderson credited his school coaches, his AAU coaches Gerald Alford and David Hunter, and family and friends for supporting him and helping him get the scholarship.