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Former Duke basketball player dies

By Brian North
Published On: Feb 18 2013 03:26:40 PM CST
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Former Blue Devil standout Phil Henderson passed away Sunday at his home in the Philippines. Henderson, a senior captain on Duke’s 1990 Final Four team, finished his Duke career with 1,397 points, 330 rebounds, 217 assists and 128 three-point field goals in 115 games.

 

“On behalf of the entire Duke Basketball family, we are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Phil Henderson,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Our hearts go out to his mom and family. Phil was a talented player and a good man with a gentle soul. We will miss him dearly.”

 

As a senior, Henderson led the Blue Devils in scoring at 18.5 points per game while earning second team All-ACC accolades. The University Park, Ill., native was at his best in March, averaging 22.3 points per game in tournament play en route to earning ACC All-Tournament, NCAA All-East Regional and NCAA All-Final Four team honors.

 

Henderson also earned ACC All-Tournament team and All-East Regional team honors in 1989. After scoring 21 points in a tournament win over Minnesota, Henderson netted 23 points in the regional win against Georgetown. He made one of the most memorable plays in Duke history in that contest, when he drove down the lane and dunked over Alonzo Mourning. Henderson started all 36 games as a junior and averaged 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

 

Henderson, a 1990 NBA Draft second round selection by the Dallas Mavericks, went on to play overseas for several years following his Duke career.