Mountain Pointe's Deandre Henry Continues To Pursue Basketball Dream After Leaving Football


Back in April, football standout, Deandre Henry posted a letter on Twitter saying that he was going to walk away from playing football and pursue his dream of playing basketball. The announcement came just before the Pride's spring football practices were to begin. "I will be putting my football career aside and pursuing my love and passion in basketball," Henry tweeted on April 24. Henry added that it was a tough decision for him to make at the age of sixteen and went on to thank his family, friends and supporters. As expected, Henry's decision to walk away from football was quite the surprise to many including those football programs that had already made offers to the soon to be junior athlete.

Kansas State, Arizona State, and Memphis all had offers out to Henry and a few weeks ago, the defending champions, Alabama, reached out to the once offensive tackle. As his now basketball career is underway, Henry has been putting in work on the court for Mountain Pointe this summer. At 6-foot-7, Henry has lost about 40 pounds and is "more fluid" his former Mountain Pointe head football coach Duane Eason said. "He has turned to a more basketball body. You can see it start to come together for him physically'" Eason added. You can see Henry in action this summer when he returns to play for Team Hardin, who he played for earlier this spring.

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