The verbal commitment of Indianapolis Scecina senior T.J. Henderson to IPFW did not last long.
In fact, just five days.
But that doesn't mean the talented 6-foot point guard is no longer interested in the Mastodons.
“I feel like I just made my decision too fast,” Henderson said. “I went with my initial decision. I want to play AAU (this month) then decide.”
Henderson gave his verbal to IPFW on June 30, but changed his mind late last week. He is currently sitting on offers from the Mastodons, Buffalo, Kennesaw State and IUPUI.
Henderson referenced his good relationship with IPFW head coach Jon Coffman as the reason why he committed so quickly, calling the new leader of the Mastodons program “real cool.”
Henderson said the toughest part of the decommitment was calling Coffman and informing him just days after pledging to the Mastodons.
“It was extremely tough to tell him,” Henderson said. “He was pretty disappointed. But he wanted me to really think about what I was doing (with my future) first.
“He said they are still going to recruit me, everything is cool.”
Henderson began last season with Indianapolis Tindley but transferred to Scecina for the second semester. He played sparingly for the Crusaders in the second half of the season, but averaged 29.3 points, five assists and five steals a game with Tindley.
Henderson will play for Team Progeny this month at several high-profile AAU tournaments around the country, including the Adidas Invitational this week in Indianapolis as well as events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Henderson plans on making a decision close to the end of the month. He hopes to see Western Illinois, Miami (OH) and Davidson prior to committing, with hopes that he can earn more scholarship offers.
Getting better over the next month is also paramount in his mind.
“I just want to play very consistent,” Henderson said. “Play very good defense and take care of the ball.”
IPFW is looking to replace the graduated Pierre Bland at point guard. Former Miami Dade College PG Michael Calder will be in the running the position next season, with sophomore Mo Evans and senior Isaiah McCray also adept at handling the ball.