Najee Brown-Henderson was training at ETS when his name was picked by the Brampton Honey-Badgers in Wednesday's CEBL draft. "It's always been something I've wanted to do, a goal of mine, coming to Windsor."
Brown-Henderson credits Thomas Kennedy for luring him to the University of Windsor. "It ended up being a really good decision for me."
Brown-Henderson was chosen 10th overall in the first round by the defending CEBL champions. In his first year the CCH grad averaged 20.6 points game for the Lancers, who lost to the Ottawa Gee Gees in the OUA semi-finals.
"Before I came here I wanted to obviously win but CEBL was something that was obviously on my mind because that's a huge stepping stone for me and where I want to go which is to be a professional basketball player whether that's in the NBA, G-League or overseas."
He leaves May 13th for training camp. Brown-Henderson is undecided on whether he'll return to the Lancers following his time in Brampton. "I'm not 100-percent yet. If I get a deal I can't turn down...." Henderson said with the obvious insinuation.
Either way, the experience gained in the CEBL will benefit Brown-Henderson according to head coach Chris Cheng. "To see how the next level is operated, played and coached will be a tremendous learning opportunity for him."
Cheng saw CEBL experience rub off on Thomas Kennedy who was named USports men's basketball player of the year a few weeks ago. "The USports player participation in the CEBL has been an amazing development opportunity.
Brown-Henderson doesn't know where that opportunity will take him after this summer but he is open to returning to the Lancers. "Having the option of coming back next year, there's work to be done. We're losing a big piece in TK but I think with the chemistry already having a year under our belt I think that we'll definitely put the league on notice once again."