WALNUT CREEK, Calif., May 21, 2021 – Sterling “Scoot” Henderson, the top point guard in the class of 2022, has signed with NBA G League Ignite, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced today. Henderson is a consensus five-star recruit and is ranked by ESPN as the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2022.
“I’m so excited the G League created this platform. It is truly the best fit for me,” Henderson said. “Since I was a kid, competing at the highest level in the world has been my main goal. Becoming the youngest professional American basketball player is just icing on the cake.”
The Marietta, Ga. product led his Kell High School team to a runner-up finish this season, falling in the state championship game after posting a 22-7 record. Henderson, who is Kell’s all-time leading scorer, averaged 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists en route to claiming Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A Player of the Year honors. He earned Sports Illustrated All-American and MaxPreps Junior All-America First Team honors.
Henderson, who completed his high school coursework this month and will graduate next week, becomes the first player to sign with Ignite for two seasons. He will not be eligible to be drafted into the NBA before 2023.
Henderson joins 2021 top-10 high school prospect Michael Foster Jr. (ESPN No. 7) on Ignite’s newest roster. The first-of-its-kind program, which gives top young prospects a chance to begin their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life skills training, is led by five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw and includes a mix of elite youth along with NBA and G League veterans.
About NBA G League Ignite
NBA G League Ignite is a first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft. Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., and coached by five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw, the roster includes elite players who are eligible for the NBA Draft as well as NBA and NBA G League veterans who serve as mentors to the team’s young talent. The program focuses on high-level competition and accelerated on-court development for players who are beginning their professional careers. Additionally, the team provides life skills training that includes financial literacy education, community service involvement and scholarship opportunities. While Ignite is not a traditional NBA G League team, competition includes games against NBA G League opponents and exhibitions against international teams.