Big East Breakouts: Providence’s LaDontae Henton
Things are buzzing in Providence, Rhode Island for the Friars. With top freshman recruits Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn (although he’s injured), PC is looking to dig its way out of the Big East basement and burst onto the national scene. They’ll have a senior leader in Vincent Council who will produce on the floor. One thing that’s missing is the breakout of a good player into a true superstar. That’s where LaDontae Henton comes into play.
Henton had a spectacular freshman season for the Friars, averaging 14.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and a steal and a block per game. At 6’6″ and 220 pounds, he has good size for a college small forward. And while all of these numbers and stats are pretty to look at, Henton has the ability to be even better.
Loaded with potential, Henton rebounds at a great rate for a SF. He has a knack for scoring in many ways, whether it’s getting to the basket or shooting the three ball. His active hands on defense completes the package and makes him a good all around player. However, Providence is hoping he evolves into a star.
Head coach Ed Cooley has changed the culture of the Friars and is looking to lead them to their first winning season in four years, which is the same number of Big East wins they had last season. Despite all of that, the team showed promise and has a great shot to contend for a Big East title. There are still question marks surrounding Ledo’s eligibility and Dunn’s injury, but by building off of Council and Henton as their cornerstones, the Friars could be in for an exciting year regardless. And if Henton makes “the leap,” the rest of the conference better watch out.