Published: Thursday 8 April 2021
FAYETTEVILLE – The last of Mike Anderson’s signers is leaving the University of Arkansas basketball program.
Ethan Henderson, a 6-8 junior striker from Little Rock Parkview, announced on Wednesday on his Instagram account that he is entering the transfer portal.
With the NCAA granting players an extra season of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic, Henderson will have two years of eligibility at a new school.
“Being a Razorback for the past 3 years has been an unbelievable opportunity,” wrote Henderson. “Being able to play for my home state is an experience that I will always remember.”
Henderson thanked Anderson – the Arkansas coach in his freshman season who is now at St. John’s – and current Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman. He also thanked the Arkansas fans and their teammates.
“What we have achieved this season will not be forgotten,” said Henderson of the Razorbacks advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time since 1995, before losing to eventual champion Baylor.
Henderson played 18 games off the bench this season and averaged 1.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 6.1 minutes. His best game was against LSU in the SEC tournament, when he played 26 minutes and made 4 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist. He scored four points against Missouri in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.
He played a combined five minutes in three NCAA Tournament games, including two minutes against Baylor in his last appearance for Arkansas. He did not record a statistic in the tournament.
“We want to thank Ethan for his hard work and dedication to Arkansas basketball,” said Musselman in a text message. “We wish him all the best in this next stage of his career. He will always be a member of the Razorback family. “
In 50 career games, Henderson had six games and an average of 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds. He also recorded 30 blocked shots. He had 6 points and 5 rebounds as a freshman in a NIT game in Providence. In the second year, he had 7 points and 5 rebounds in Florida and 10 points and 6 rebounds against LSU.
Henderson is the second Razorback to enter the transfer portal since the end of the season along with point guard Desi Sills, who averaged 7.5 points and 20.8 minutes in all 32 games. The two were the only fellows to return from the 2019-20 team.
With the loss of Sills and Henderson – as well as the transferred graduates of Justin Smith, Jalen Tate and Vance Jackson – the Razorbacks have a scholarship available if no one else leaves the team. If Arkansas guard Moses Moody, a choice designed for the first round of the NBA Draft after averaging 16.8 points as a freshman, decides not to return, the Razorbacks will have two bags available.
Sills and Henderson were among the six freshmen who signed with the Razorbacks for the 2018-19 season, along with Isaiah Joe, Reggie Chaney, Keyshawn Embery-Simpson and Jordan Phillips. Mason Jones was also part of the class as a transfer to college.
Joe and Jones are newbies in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chaney was transferred to Houston, where he averaged 4.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 14.0 minutes for the Cougars Final Four team this season. Embery-Simpson was transferred to Tulsa and averaged 7.3 points and 24.4 minutes this season.
Phillips, who moved to Texas-Arlington and averaged 7.4 points and 19.0 minutes this season, is back on the transfer portal and looking for his third school.