May 15, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Steve McClain announced on Thursday the signing of two junior-college players to national letters of intent. Tim Henry of Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Dion Sherrell of Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia, Mich.; have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming.
"With these two signings, we bring to the program two big 'wings', who give us scoring, ball-handling and defense," said UW head basketball coach Steve McClain. "They both are great fits for our program, which is very important to us. We want to recruit the best people, the best players we can, and guys that want to be at the University of Wyoming. We have done that with Tim (Henry) and Dion (Sherrell). Both of these kids want to be here, and both want to continue the success this program has had.
"At this point, we have one scholarship left to give. We do plan to use it, but it will probably be later this summer."
Tim Henry is a 6' 5", 185-pound guard/forward from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Henry averaged 19.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game during the 2002-03 season. He ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring, was selected an NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American and was a First Team NJCAA Region XVIII selection. Henry led Salt Lake Community College in scoring, assists and minutes played, averaging 19.7 points, 3.2 assists and 31.0 minutes per game. The SLCC Bruins posted a 21-11 record for the 2002-03 season, and were 9-7 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC). Henry was a First Team All-SWAC selection, and was also named to the All-SWAC Tournament team. In conference games, he averaged 21.1 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Henry scored 30 or more points seven times during the 2002-03 season.
In back-to-back games late in the 2002-03 season, Henry scored a season high 39 at Snow College in a double-overtime loss, 101-109, and scored 37 in a 65-61 road win at North Idaho College. For the season, he shot 49.4 percent from the field, making 237 of 480 field-goal attempts; hit 34.9 percent from three-point range (51 of 146); and converted 69.8 percent of his free throws (104 of 149). He was coached at Salt Lake Community College by Norm Parrish.
In SLCC's two regular-season meetings with SWAC champion Dixie College, SLCC lost by only two points, 64-66, on the road and by only five, 56-61, at home. Dixie College went on to place third at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.
Originally from Orem, Utah, Henry attended Mountain View High School. As a high school senior, Henry was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Utah by the Deseret News. Henry also was named the Class 5A Most Valuable Player at Mountain View as he led his team to two state championships.
He served a two-year Mormon mission to Argentina after high school. He redshirted his freshman season at Salt Lake Community College after suffering a knee injury. The 2002-03 season was the only season he played at the college level, so he will come to Wyoming as a sophomore.
Henry was also recruited by Hawaii and Idaho State. His brother, Scott, is currently a member of the Idaho State basketball team.
"Tim (Henry) is a scorer, who we think will be a great defender in our system," said McClain. "In addition to his skills and the fact he's a 'fit', we were excited that he will have three years of eligibility remaining. He's already been on his mission, so he's a very mature young man. We think he can step in and handle the pressure of this level. He has always been involved in success -- he played on two high-school championship teams -- and he's from a very athletic family. He is a big 'wing' who can score, handle the ball and play defense."
Dion Sherrell is a 6' 3", 210-pound guard from Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia, Mich. Sherrell was one of the most highly-touted junior college players in the nation entering his sophomore season. He was ranked by The Sporting News as the No. 4 best junior college shooting guard in the country in the magazine's 2002-03 preseason college basketball issue.
Sherrell was off to an outstanding start to his sophomore season at Schoolcraft, averaging 19.6 points per game as his team built a 9-0 record. But just before Christmas, in the 10th game of the season, Sherrell broke the fifth metatarsal (little toe) in his right foot when he came down with a rebound and landed on the foot of an opponent. He was able to return to action in late February, but wasn't at full strength. He ended the season averaging 13.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Schoolcraft posted a 31-4 overall record and captured the 2003 Michigan State Community College Championship. Schoolcraft advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament, where it won its opening round game over Redlands CC of Oklahoma, 67-60. Schoolcraft lost in the second round to Dixie College of Utah, 52-65, and then concluded the season, losing in the consolation round to Monroe College of New York, 97-103. Sherrell played for head coach Carlos Briggs at Schoolcraft.
Sherrell came out of Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Mich., as the leading scorer in the city, averaging 26.8 points per game as a high school senior. He earned Second Team All-City honors, was a Third Team All-State selection and was runner-up in voting for Mr. Basketball in the Detroit Public School League. He was recruited out of high school by San Diego State, Texas A&M, UNLV and Wichita State. He signed with Wichita State and played his freshman season of 2001-02 for the Shockers, but decided to leave after one season and return to his native Michigan to play at Schoolcraft. He will be a junior when he enrolls at Wyoming in the fall of 2003.
This spring, he chose Wyoming over Baylor, DePaul and Washington State.
"Most recruiting services had Dion (Sherrell) among the top five 'two' guards in the country," commented McClain. "He got off to a great start this past season, then he broke his foot. He didn't play in 17 games, so his numbers were misleading.
"We happened to be one of the few schools who stuck with him. He is a great offensive player, but could be one of the best defenders we've had since we've been here. He wants to win, and he knows how to win."
Henry and Sherrell join Wyoming's two early signees, Jarrod Boswell and Mikel Watson, to form Wyoming's 2002-03 signing class. Boswell, a 7'0", 265-pound center at El Capitan High School in Lakeside, Calif., and Watson is a 6'1", 168-pound point guard from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., both signed national letters of intent with Wyoming during the early-signing period in November of 2002.