Guilford’s Henson named ODAC player of the week


Greensboro, N.C. — Guilford College’s Clay Henson (Glen Alpine,
N.C./Freedom) won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) Men’s
Basketball Player Week Award Monday. The senior guard also collected
the Guilford Student-Athlete of the Week honor, presented by the
school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Henson, who won
the ODAC award three times last year, joins teammate Tyler Sanborn
(Mount Airy, N.C./Elkin) as Guilford’s 2009-10 recipients of the
league’s weekly prize.

A 6-2, 170-pound guard, Henson averaged 29.0 points and 7.0
three-pointers per game in Guilfordâ€s 2-0 week. He shot just over 61
percent from the floor, including 14-24 (58.3%) from three-point
range, and dished out five assists in the two games. Henson hit for a
game- and season-high 30 points and knocked down eight three-pointers
(on 12 attempts) in Guilfordâ€s Jan. 18 win over league-rival Roanoke
College. He missed his own school record for three-pointers in a game
by one and sank six threes in the final 6:15 of the first half. Two
days later Henson went off for a game-high 28 points fueled by six
more three-pointers in Guilfordâ€s ODAC win over Bridgewater College.
He made 11-of-18 field goals for the second straight game, including
six-of-12 from three-point land. The contest marked his seventh
20-point game of the year.

Henson has climbed into fifth place among the ODAC scoring leaders at
18.7 points per game. He leads the league in three-pointers per game
(3.06) and stands fifth in three-point field-goal percentage (.406).
Henson ranks 10th in the ODAC with 2.82 assists per game and 15th in
field goal percentage (.472). The Sporting News Preseason honorable
mention All-American holds the Quakers’ career record for
three-pointers made (241) and attempts (635). He has moved with two
points of 14th place among Guilford’s career scoring leaders with
1,446 points.

Coach Tom Palombo’s Quakers (16-1, 7-1 ODAC) open the week ranked
second in the Top 25 Poll. Guilford has won 12 straight
games and returns to action Wednesday (1/27) at league-rival Roanoke
before heading to third-ranked Randolph-Macon College Saturday for a
4:00 p.m. ODAC contest. The Quakers’ 16-1 start is its best in school

The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford’s
SAAC, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school’s
20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of
Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among the school’s
student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC
activities include a canned-food drive and the promotion of Champs
Life Skills, which promotes intercollegiate athletics as a key part of
the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral
part of the student body. Its aim is to increase student-athletes’
community involvement and to engage the greater Guilford community
with the athletic department.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics