April 29, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery announced on Friday the signing of Andre Henley to a national letter of intent. The 6-foot-6 wing from Chicago De La Salle Institute becomes NIU's sixth signee for the upcoming season.
"We are very excited to have Andre joining our program," said Montgomery. "He is one of the top prospects in the Chicago area. Dre comes from a very prestigious high school, Chicago De La Salle, where he was coached by Tom White. He is a very versatile, skilled player with a great feel for the game. Dre's dribbling, passing and shooting ability are all exceptional and are why he is ranked among the best players in the State of Illinois."
As a senior at De La Salle, Henley averaged 14 points, six rebounds and four assists per game, helping to lead the Meteors to a 22-3 record and a Chicago Catholic League North Division crown. He was named to the all-conference team in the Chicago Catholic League and also earned All-State Special Mention honors from both the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette.
Henley is a member of the Mac Irvin Fire AAU program where he is coached by Mike Irvin.
Henley joins 6-foot-2 guard Marquavis Ford from Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Mich., along with 6-foot-7 twin forwards Keith and Kevin Gray of Chicago Brooks College Prep Academy as the fourth signee for the Huskies during the spring period. NIU also signed 5-foot-9 guard Zach Miller from Glenbrook East High School in Chicago and 6-foot-4 wing DeAndre Barnette from Liberty Tech in Jackson, Tenn., during the November period.
"I think this recruiting class is laying the foundation for the future of NIU basketball. The six young men that we are bringing in this coming year will be a solid base for helping to turn around the Huskie basketball program."