Former Duke Blue Devil Star Phil Henderson, Passed Away At The Age of 44

By Horran Cameron
Robert Mayer USA TODAY Sports

Phil Henderson passed away in the Philippines due to cardiac arrest on Feb. 18th, 2013. Henderson is a former basketball star for the Duke Blue Devils. He was the leading scorer on the 1990 Duke Blue Devils’ team that lost to UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in the NCAA National Championship game, 103-73. During this particular season, Henderson averaged 18.5 points a game during the regular season. In the NCAA Tournament, he averaged 22.3 points per game. Henderson was also the senior captain on the 1990 Duke basketball team. After his career at Duke, Henderson was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft.

Henderson played on a star-studded team that included Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Robert Brickey, Alaa Abdelnaby, Brian Davis and Billy McCaffrey. Henderson played on three Duke teams that went to the Final Four (1988, 1989, 1990). Along with Brickey, Henderson was instrumental in building the foundation for a strong Duke basketball program.

Henderson is survived by his wife, Shervonne Henderson, and their five children, Genesis (21), Harrison (15), Adonia (6), Athalia (5) and Azriel (4). Henderson was the director of the Filipino Basketball Academy.

Henderson was known for his athleticism and shooting. One of his most famous highlight reels was when he dunked over the center for the Georgetown Hoyas, Alonzo Mourning, in the 1989 NCAA Regional Finals. You can see Henderson’s dunk below:

Henderson will surely be missed. In addition to being an elite basketball player, Henderson was a “people person.” It is safe to say that Henderson loved basketball, life and people. Here’s to you, Phil. Rest in peace.

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