Henry blossoms into a leader at Michigan State

MSU swingman a star on the rise

The old adage says that there is “no I in TEAM.” Nor is there in AARON HENRY.

Indeed, the Michigan State junior swingman may have all the tools to get on the NBA draft radar – great instincts, quick feet, toughness, disruptive defender, capable scorer – but he also possesses the intelligence and humility to know that winning comes before personal accolades.

That was evident in an early January game against Rutgers, in which Henry did it all with 20 points, eight rebounds (seven on the defensive end), four blocked shots and two steals in leading the Spartans to a 68-45 home victory. But afterward, all he wanted to talk about was the team’s defensive intensity – and accountability.

“I’m always going to put my head down and go to work,” he said. “I can only control what I can control. I’m a guy that I’m always going to go back to the gym. I’m never going to be complacent. I try to hold everyone accountable.”

Those are the kind of words MSU coach Tom Izzo loves to hear. Henry’s numbers on the season (through 12 games) are certainly solid – 13.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals – but it is the intangibles like his team-first attitude that make him a valuable presence and leader in East Lansing.

Henry and the Spartans can be seen in action when they go up against the Ohio State Buckeyes in a clash of Big Ten rivals airing Sunday, Jan. 31, on CBS.

Full name: Aaron James Henry

Birth date: Aug. 30, 1999

Birthplace: Louisville, Ky. (raised in Indianapolis)

Height/weight: 6 feet, 6 inches/210 pounds

Teams: Michigan State Spartans (2018-present)

Class: Junior

Position: Guard/forward

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Honors and achievements: A three-year starter at MSU and a four-year starter at Ben Davis H.S. in Indianapolis

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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