May 1, 2008
Video: Henton, Guana in action at King James
AKRON - Michigan State will be looking closely at a pair of players in their own backyard for their respective 2010 and 2011 basketball recruiting classes.
Lansing Eastern star LaDonte Henton might not be the household name that Marcus Taylor in the Lansing area when he was headed into his sophomore year at Waverly High School. But the man-child nicknamed "Buckets" is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court and the 6-foot-5 Henton was the top player for the Michigan Mustangs' 16-and-under team that advanced to the championship game at the King James Shooting Stars Classic before falling to star-studded All-Ohio Red.
When SpartanMag.com watched Henton last summer at the Tom Izzo Spartan Shootout, he scored at will on the inside against weaker less skilled opponents. Henton is much more physically mature than most of the basketball players in the Class of 2011 and it would be easy for him to coast given the natural advantage he currently enjoys. To his credit, Henton has worked on developing his all-around game including his perimeter jumper.
In the Mustangs' lopsided semifinal win over in-state rival The Family, Henton scored 30 points and showed the progression in his game by knocking down several 3-pointers.
Eaton Rapids is home to another member of The Mustangs' 16-and-under that cruised to the finals before facing their bracket's toughest team in All-Ohio Red.
Alex Guana found the going a little bit more difficult when matched up against All-Ohio's Jared Sullinger, but the 6-foot-7 Eaton Rapids standout did hold his own against the 2010 Ohio State commitment and played a big role in a run that cut All-Ohio's lead to five points midway through the second half.
Guana has been compared to former Spartan
Paul Davis for his ability to score on the perimeter and in the post. At the King James Shooting Stars Classic in Akron, Guana did just that. In the games that Spartanmag.com watched, the Eaton Rapids star shot better than 50 percent from beyond the arc. He also scored on a high percentage of touches inside in addition to giving his team boost with rebounding and blocked shots.
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