Recruiting reflections (contd.)
How young were you when you started in AAU? What were the positives of your experience? What would you change?
Henry: Third grade. Best part was whooping up on people because we were good. We had Daniel Orton (Kentucky signee). Kyle Hardick. Terrence Boyd. Nick Johnson. And then kids who played well. I'd change how many games we played in a day. We played at most three of four. My dad was the head coach for two years with Athletes First.
Henson: I started about fourth grade. Traveling and meet new people is the best part. Vegas is the favorite place we visited. I'd want less games per day if I could change rules. There are a lot of injuries toward the end of summer. From Vegas in July I had to go to L.A. We played 11 games in like eight days. I was on the Franchize All Stars. We were a start-up team that disbanded when I left. The Franchize started last year. Adidas sent us a bunch of stuff to help the team out, and they didn't send nothing this year.
Kelly: Last summer I came from Argentina and then went straight to Vegas. I think it will be tough to change because colleges want to see as many kids as possible in a short time.
Oriakhi: I started in the fifth grade. Traveling with friends and being the best AAU team in the country. We were like top five in the country (smiling).
Henson: I know some unknown teams that no one knows about because they are just broke.
How many pairs of sneakers do you have in your house right now?
Henry: Six. Enough to wear a pair everyday. Blessed to have some shoes.
Henson: About 13.
Kelly: I give away shoes.
Henry: What size are you?
Henry: Me too. What are you giving away this week?
Best shooter in this class?
Unanimous: Vanderbilt signee John Jenkins.
Oriakhi: I'm not going to say anyone else. It's me.
Henry: [Georgia Tech-bound All-America] Derrick Favors.
Henson: Favors is a Dwight Howard clone.
Unanimous: Kansas State signee Wally Judge.
Unanimous: Louisville signee Peyton Siva.
Best player that you've competed against?
Henry: Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose in AAU. Derrick only had 12. I guarded him. I had nine points.
Henson: I haven't really been playing the best players. I dunno. There's no one I've really played before who I was like, "Oh my god!"
Kelly: We played John Wall twice a year.
Oriakhi: Michael Beasley at Notre Dame Prep