Sydney Kings import Corin Henry’s NBL career may only be two weeks old but the speedy American has already made an early impact on the NBL.
Henry was today named Player of the Week for round two after starring in the Kings’ tense 85-82 win over Melbourne.
The 24-year-old had a quiet first half but came alive in the second, scoring all of his 23 points after the main break.
He also racked up five assists, four crucial steals and four rebounds, attracting seven fouls along the way as Melbourne’s back-court struggled to contain him.
The Kings erased an eight-point half-time deficit to register their first win of the season, with another American import, forward Darnell Lazare, also prominent with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Relieved Sydney coach Shane Heal said the win over Melbourne “takes the monkey off our back” and praised Henry’s performance during his post-game assessment.
“We brought Corin in to be able to pressure full-court and he leads that charge at the defensive end for us,” Heal said.
Henry not only showed he could be a star player with his aggressive approach in the NBL this season, but could also be the sort of promotional tool the league has lacked in recent years, particularly in its biggest market.
At 180cm, the product of Baltimore, Maryland is the smallest man on Sydney’s roster, but he is certainly not short on confidence.
He told the NBL website: “I love the fact that I have people that doubt me and say I can’t do this or can’t do that, because at the end of the day when I show I can, it feels even better when they jump on the bandwagon.”
The 4386 fans in the Kingdome on Friday are already on that bandwagon and Kings officials will be hoping Henry’s feats can inspire a few more to jump aboard in the near future.
Other players in Player of the Week contention were Lazare and New Zealand guard Cedric Jackson, who had 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals in the Breakers’ win over Adelaide.
Cairns forward Cameron Tragardh was also considered after scoring 20 of the Taipans’ season-low total of 58 points in a loss to Wollongong.
Round one Player of the Week winner Matt Knight had 10 points and seven rebounds but fouled out in the final quarter of Perth’s 82-58 destruction of Townsville on the road.
NBL PLAYER OF THE WEEKRound one – Matt Knight (Perth)
Round two – Corin Henry (Sydney)