Cowboy Head Basketball Coach Steve McClain Announces the Signing of Platt and Henson

Nov. 9, 2005


University of Wyoming head basketball coach Steve McClain announced on Wednesday the signing of two high school seniors to national letters of intent. Eric Platt of Casper, Wyo., and Aaron Henson of Corona, Calif., both signed to play for the Cowboys beginning in the fall of 2006.

Eric Platt is a 6'5", 215-pound shooting guard from Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyo.. He averaged 20.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game last year as a junior at Kelly Walsh High School. Street & Smith named him an Honorable Mention All-American his junior season. Platt earned All-State honors in basketball both his sophomore and junior years. He became the first sophomore in Kelly Walsh history to earn All-State as a sophomore. He was the North Conference Player of the Year for the 2004-05 season, and was a First Team North Conference selection each of the past two seasons. Platt enters his senior season at Kelly Walsh already holding the school records for: most three-point field goals made in a season (72), most three-pointers made in a single game (10) and most free throws made in a single game (18).

Last summer, he played AAU basketball and participated in some of the top AAU tournaments in the country. He earned AAU Division I All-Tournament honors at the Hoosier Shootout, Rumble in the Bay and Top of the Rockies tournaments.

Platt is also active as a member of the SuperStars Alcohol and Drug Free Program that utilizes high school students to help encourage elementary school students to be drug free. He is also a member of the Kelly Walsh yearbook staff, and he is the business manager for the Kelly Walsh student newspaper.

Platt is coached in high school by Kreg Adams

The son of Patty Platt, he was also recruited by Colorado State, Kent State, New Mexico and San Diego State.

"Eric (Platt) can really shoot the basketball," said McClain. "He had a tough junior year where he fought injuries all year, and then he went out and really played well this summer on an AAU team out of Colorado. He showed me this summer against some great competition at the AAU level that he could play with any guard in the country. He will be a great addition next year when he comes into our program."

Aaron Henson is a 6'5", 205-pound shooting guard/small forward out of Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. Henson averaged 23.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a junior at Santiago High. He has recorded 18 double-doubles in 26 career games, with his career best scoring night of 40 points coming against Arroyo Valley High School. He was a Second Team All-Conference performer as a junior, and earned All-Tournament honors at the San Gorgonio Tournament, the Riverside Kiwanis Tournament and the El Dorado Tournament.

Henson played AAU basketball in the summer for the Inland Empire AAU program in southern California, which is the same AAU team that former Wyoming Cowboy point guard Chris McMillian played for as a prep star. His AAU coach was Keith Howard, who also coached McMillian.

Henson was coached in high school by Joe Robles.

The son of Sophia and Aaron Henson Sr., he plans on majoring in business. Henson was also recruited by UNLV, New Mexico and TCU.

"Aaron Henson is a combination player," said McClain. "He can play either the shooting-guard or small-forward positions. He is probably more of a three (small forward). Aaron is an outstanding athlete, who can really score from mid-range (15-18 feet) on in. He is going to fit into our system great, being an athlete who can run the floor on the wing. Aaron has a big strong body for a young kid. He is going to be a very physical player coming in as a freshman next season."