Henderson makes it official

April 25, 2009 

Duke junior Gerald Henderson made it official this morning by announcing he will enter the June 25 NBA Draft.

The announcement was released by the school, which quoted Henderson as saying, "Playing in the NBA has been a goal of mine since a young age and I am thrilled to have the opportunity. My three years at Duke have been a tremendous learning experience and have helped me develop both as a person and as a player."

Henderson has not hired an agent, but is expected to be among the top 10 or so players selected. A first team All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament team selection last season, he led the Blue Devils to 30-7 record and the program's 11th league championship, averaging 16.5 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game.

"Gerald is an impressive young man on and off the court," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We had great conversations about his NBA prospects and we are 100 percent behind his decision. Gerald is coming off a great season and he has an extremely bright future as a professional. We are ready to help him in any and every way during this process."

Without Henderson, the Devils are expected to retain four starters and nine lettermen from '08-'09.

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