Make another top rookie despise college basketball to bring his talents to the pro ranks sooner than expected.
Five-star playmaker Scoota Henderson was upgraded to the 2021 class and signed with the G League on Friday, making him the youngest player to ever sign an American basketball contract. According to Athletic’s Shams Charania, Henderson signed a $ 1 million contract with G League Ignite.
Henderson was the 12th rookie in the Class of 2022 before he was upgraded to the Class of 2021 to sign with G League Ignite. The product Kell (Ga.) High School was seriously considering Auburn and Georgia before his decision to sign a professional contract.
“Henderson is a dynamic and explosive playmaker with a positional size, long arms and a solidly built frame,” 247Sports’ Travis Branham said in his recognition report on Henderson. “Henderson is an elite athlete with a lethal first step that is very difficult to contain when trying to come down. In paint, Henderson can not only finish with both hands, but also well above the rim and will do so in traffic.
“As a shooter Henderson is more than capable of taking shots off and going from midrange to three, but the next step in his development will be to become a more consistent threat. At this point he has a scoring mentality first, but he’s a good passer and with his formidable ability to fight defenders he has good potential as a playmaker.
“Defensively, given his size, length, athleticism and solid figure, Henderson has all the tools to be elite for this purpose and has shown that he is more than capable of being there. one of the best defenders in the category.