Athlete of the Week: Kendall Henry

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Take one look at the banners hanging on the wall and they will show you just how good the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach's basketball team has been since they started just five years ago.

"We're a new school, so it takes a little bit for people just to know that we're around, and we've been fortunate enough to win a couple of state championships to give us some publicity," said head coach Darren Gore.

To win state championships you need talent, and the Saints have one of the area's best players you may not have heard of until now.

Kendall Henry is averaging over 20 points per game and has already had one triple double in this young season.

"You have that select group and it requires a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work, there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff where these banners, there's a lot of hard work in each one and it's really a blessing to be a part of it," said Henry.

A lot of things seem to continue to work out for Henry, but it's not by chance.

The junior had become a quickly gym rat, and the kind of player Gore dreams about getting the chance to coach.

"We saw it with him when he was in the 8th grade, he's got a determination and a drive.  He's the first one to practice and he's the last one to leave, he works on his game outside of here," said Gore.

Kendall's mix of hard work and talent has begun to pay off.  Colleges are starting to notice and playing at the next level is something Henry would love the chance to do.

"D-1 or D-2, I'd love the chance to play college basketball," Kendall continued, "I consider it a great honor to be a part of that."

But for now he's focused on continuing to build the tradition of this young Saint basketball program.

"To have the opportunity to play for a state championship again.  I've had the chance to be a part of two of those teams.  It's a great atmosphere to be in and I just love it.  You love that game day feel, definitely love to be a part of that again," said Henry.

Next up for Kendall and the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach is the Byrnes basketball tournament this weekend.