Scoot Henderson—a five-star guard in 2022—is one of the top point guards in his class and one of Auburn’s top targets.
Henderson is an explosive guard who thrives in transition and can score from anywhere on the court. He even compared how effective he is in transition to a former Auburn guard he works out with.
“Since I work out with Jared [Harper] right now, I feel like we have a little bit of a similar game,” Henderson said. “I feel like the way he played that year they went to the Final Four, I think that I could do the same on any squad. But that’s the way Auburn plays.”
Henderson—ranked No. 16 in the 247 composite—has become a popular recruit, especially now that AAU basketball is underway and his big-play capabilities have been on display.
“You’re gonna see me, and you’re gonna feel me,” Henderson said. “I think that’s a big part of it.”
Henderson is playing with Game Elite this summer. This coming high school season, he’ll be back at Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia for his junior season and playing a semi-national high school schedule on one of the state’s best teams.
Even with the accolades he already has, and the offers and attention bound to roll in, Auburn has put itself in a good spot with Henderson. That’s partially due to Henderson’s connection to former and current players, coaches and targets.
“I know Sharife [Cooper], I’ve trained with Sharife a couple of times,” Henderson said.
In addition to working out with Auburn players such as Harper and Davion Mitchell, Henderson mentioned Isaac Okoro and Babatunde “Stretch” Akingbola as other Auburn players he knows.
Henderson is a fan of Auburn’s style of play. He said he likes the freedom Auburn Head Coach Bruce Pearl gives his guards. Auburn’s style of play has also played into Henderson’s interest.
“I like the way they let the kids go and let them play,” Henderson said. “They don’t hold back.”
Henderson saw that style of play in person when he took an unofficial visit to Auburn for February’s game against Kentucky. He was joined by several other visitors, including his AAU and high school teammate, Joyful Hawkins.
“The crowd was just wild. It was crazy,” Henderson said. “There’s so much support from the fans there. They support the whole team, and they support Bruce.”
Like with Hawkins, Auburn Assistant Coach Wes Flanigan is listed as the lead recruiter for Henderson on 247Sports. He said he talks to Flanigan, but that Flanigan speaks to Henderson’s dad more often.
“Wes and my dad, I’m pretty sure they’re getting closer and closer every day,” Henderson said.
Even with the pandemic going on, Henderson said his recruitment and popularity has exploded this summer. He’s attracting fans to his games, getting a lot of attention on social media and was posted on SLAM.
Henderson said the way he ended his sophomore season has played into his increase in popularity. Not only did games such as Henderson’s 49-point outing against Miller Grove High School—in the state playoffs, in overtime—attract a lot of attention, but it also gave Henderson a confidence boost.
“I got more confident in myself after that,” Henderson said. “I hit a lot of shots that game, and that just boosted my confidence even more.”
However, Henderson said he has still been hard at work this summer and is refining his game.
“Mainly my shooting,” Henderson said of what he’s working on. “I also have to change my mindset on a couple of things and keep pushing.”
Henderson said he has big goals for this coming high school season and said he has to focus to stay on top of Kell’s schedule.
“Win a state championship and do well on the road,” Henderson said. “We’re in these nationwide tournaments, so I’m just trying to do well on the road and stay focused.”