Dec. 12, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball freshman forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week. Henton leads the Friars in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (13.7 ppg). He ranks in the top two in the BIG EAST in scoring amongst rookies and leads all freshman in the league in rebounding.
Last week, Henton helped pace the Friars to three wins as he averaged 17.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in a 3-0 week. Henton shot 51.2 percent (22-43) from the field. In the Friars' 80-49 win over Brown on December 5, Henton scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. In the team's 64-57 victory over ACC foe Boston College on December 8, he registered a career-high 21 points and added seven rebounds. In the squad's 72-61 win over Bryant on December 10, Henton added his second double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. He also recorded a career-high five blocks for the Friars.
On December 5, Henton was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Friars' victories over Holy Cross (82-77) at home on November 29, and South Carolina (76-67) in Columbia, S.C. on December 1. Against Holy Cross Henton scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out two assists. In South Carolina, he scored what was a career-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and two assists. For the week, Henton averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
Last season, Providence freshman Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) earned the honor twice, first on November 29, 2010 and then again on January 24, 2011.