Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Friday the signing of three senior high school student-athletes to national letters-of-intent during November’s early signing period. Gerald Henderson, Jr. (Merion Station, Pa.), Jon Scheyer (Northbrook, Ill.) and Brian Zoubek (Haddonfield, N.J.) each signed national letters-of-intent to attend Duke.
The Recruiting Services Consensus Index, which combines the player rankings from several well-known recruiting experts including All Star Report, Prep Star, Hoop Scoop, RivalsHoops.com, Hoopmasters and The Insiders Hoops, ranks all three of the Duke recruits among the top 35 prep players in the nation with Henderson at No. 18, Scheyer at No. 30 and Zoubek at No. 33.
Henderson, a 6-5, 215-pound guard, averaged 18.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a junior while leading Episcopal Academy to a 25-3 record and a state championship. Henderson, the son of former NBA guard Gerald Henderson, Sr., has extensive USA Basketball experience, competing in the Youth Development Festival each of the past two years. In the 2005 festival, Henderson finished tied for seventh in scoring (16.2 ppg.), first in free throw percentage (.923), 14th in field goal percentage (.475) and tied for 16th in rebounding (5.0 rpg.). He scored in double digits in all five games, including 23 points to go with six rebounds in a victory over USA White in preliminary play and 18 points coupled with eight rebounds in the bronze medal victory over Russia. In 2004, he averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while leading his team to a bronze medal. Henderson recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds versus the North team in the semifinals and also had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists against the West squad in the bronze medal game.
A 6-5, 180-pound guard, Scheyer averaged 26.3 points per game while leading Glenbrook North to 24 consecutive wins and a state championship as a junior. In the supersectionals of the state tournament, Scheyer knocked down eight three-pointers and scored 48 points on 15-of-23 shooting in a 70-58 win over Waukegan. This past summer, Scheyer scored 42 points in the championship game of the Orlando Super Showcase. He also helped the USA Youth Development Festival Red Team to a bronze medal at the 2005 International Sports Invitational in San Diego, Calif.
Zoubek, a 7-0, 230-pound center, averaged 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for Haddonfield Memorial while playing through an injury as a junior. The Bulldogs went 28-1 to repeat as South Jersey Group II champions last year with Zoubek scoring a game-high 22 points in the title game. The Haddonfield, N.J., native was a member of the 2004 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival East Team that earned the bronze medal and was also named the MVP of the 2003 Eddie Griffin Challenge Game.
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