Newton's Henry sets scoring milestone
Newton guard Derrick Henry scored his 1,500 career point in the Rams' 6140 win at Langston Hughes Tuesday. His 22 points propelled the Rams to their seventh straight region win on the year and 24th straight dating back to 2008.
Henry is the first player under current head coach Rick Rasmussen to eclipse the 1,500-point mark. The last and only player to top 1,000 during Rasmussen's time as either an assistant or head coach was Jerrell Boswell in 2006. Tim Christian is the school's all-time leading scorer.
"Derrick scoring 1,500 points in his career in only three years starting on the varsity is a testament to his consistent ability to score and to come to play every night," Rasmussen said. "If I knew how good he was going to be when he was a freshman, we might be talking about 2,000 points."
Henry, a three-year varsity starter, is averaging 22 points per game and has averaged 20 for his career. He tied a career high with 32 against Luella in last week's 19-point road win.
"From the time he came to us as a freshman to where he is now reflects the work he was put in to his game and to how much he loves basketball," Rasmussen said. "He has improved and matured greatly over the past four years and has been a great player for us (at varsity) for three."
The last time the Rams lost to a region opponent was in the opening round of the 2008 region tournament, Henry's sophomore season.
"He is one of the top five players in the state in my opinion," Rasmussen said. "You can't measure his heart, leadership and competitive spirit. He is a big reason we are 46-4 the last two seasons combined. The fact that we lost six seniors from last year's Final Four team and we are still playing great shows just how good he is."
Henry has at least eight more games to add to that total. The Rams have seven regular-season games remaining — six in the region, and a guaranteed first round game in the Region 2-AAAAA tournament. Newton can play a maximum of 33 games this year. In order to do that, the Rams would need to make it to the state final. They played 32 of a possible 33 games last year.
"God blessed Derrick with a great family with high expectations, and I have been truly blessed to coach him for the last four years," Rasmussen. "He is an extremely focused young man on and off the court, as his 3.9 GPA in AP/Quest classes shows. He has a bright future ahead of him."
Scorer: Newton guard Derrick Henry scored his 1,500th point of his career in Tuesday's win at Langston Hughes.