, Muskogee, OK

April 18, 2013

Connors State sends pair packing for D-I gigs

Phoenix Staff Reports

— WARNER – Connors State’s men’s basketball coach and athletic director Bill Muse announced Wednesday that Josh Cameron and Denell Henderson have signed NCAA Division I basketball national letters of intent.

Cameron, a 6-foot-1 guard from Racine, Wis., has signed with Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina and Henderson,  a 6-7 forward from Twin Groves, Ark., has signed with Oral Roberts University.

“This was a big day for us (Connors State) and for them,” said CSC’s Muse. “To send two guys onto Division I programs is important for both of us. They both contributed mightily the past two seasons.”

Cameron and Henderson played instrumental roles in leading the Cowboys to a 24-9 record and a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., this past season.

Cameron, a two-year starter for the Cowboys, was a first team Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and Region II selection. He scored 934 points in his two seasons, averaging 15.0 points an outing. Cameron also had 116 assists while at Connors. At the free throw line Cameron connected on 200-of- 251 for 79.6 percent at the line.

Cameron selected Coastal Carolina over California-Riverside, Florida Atlantic, Lamar and Quinnipiac.

Cameron said the deciding factor in signing with Coastal Carolina was head coach Cliff Ellis. “He has sent 25 players to the NBA and over 100 to play overseas. I want to make money playing basketball after school and that was the mark that did it,” said Cameron.

 Coastal Carolina, a member of the Big South Conference, the Chanticleers were 14-15 last season and 9-6 in league play under Ellis.

“When I went on my visit I just felt comfortable,” said Cameron. “I liked the coaching staff and teammates. I really liked the way they are going to use me. They are going to play me as a two-guard and as a point guard, as opposed to just an off-guard.”

Cameron also said he loved the Myrtle Beach area. “That had a part in my decision to attend.”

Henderson, also a two-year starter for the Cowboys, was second team OCAC and Region II selection. He scored 612 points in two seasons at Connors for an average of 10.2 points a game. Henderson pulled down 393 rebounds in two years. Henderson was 176-of-240 for a 73.3 percent mark over two seasons.

Henderson selected the Golden Eagles over the University of Central Arkansas. The Golden Eagles, members of the Southland Conference, finished 20-15 for the year and 13-5 in league play under head coach Scott Sutton. The Golden Eagles advanced to the third round of the CollegeInsideer.Com post season basketball tournament, losing to Weber State.

“My mother (Denise Tyus) had a big impact in me selecting ORU,” said Henderson. “It was close to home and I have family members that could come watch me play. “I went on my visit and just fell in love with ORU.

“I just fell in love with the surroundings, coaching staff. It’s just a nice place,” said Henderson.