Sterling “Scoot” Henderson, the No. 7 prospect in the ESPN class of 2022 recruiting rankings, has signed with the NBA’s G League Ignite program, the league announced on Friday.
Signaling a shift in the nature of the G League Ignite thinking, Henderson is the first high school junior to commit to the Ignite program and marks the first player signed that is not NBA Draft-eligible the following year, due to his age.
Henderson has finished all coursework and will graduate high school a year early next week, a prerequisite for joining the G League Ignite. Because he will not turn 19 until 2023, Henderson will not be eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft age-wise and is committing to spend two years with the Ignite program.
Auburn, Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida State were some of the schools most heavily involved in Henderson’s recruiting. Henderson, who goes to Kell high school in Marietta, Georgia, had an impressive junior year that saw him ascend up recruiting rankings after leading his team to the class 6A state title game.
At 6-foot-3, Henderson is one of quickest and most explosive athletes in the high school game, while also showing strong potential as a perimeter shooter. His 6-foot-9 wingspan gives him good potential on the defensive end.
Henderson is the second prospect officially announced to the G League Ignite, joining big man Michael Foster from Hillcrest Prep in Arizona. Jaden Hardy, the No. 2 prospect in the 2021 high school class, has announced his intentions to join the program, but has not officially signed a contract, a source told ESPN.
Eighteen-year old Chinese forward Fanbo Zeng, previously committed to play for Gonzaga, also announced he’ll be joining Ignite via a statement posted on his Weibo account last month. His signing has also not yet been officially consummated.
Jonathan Givony is an NBA Draft expert and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private scouting and analytics service utilized by NBA, NCAA and International teams.