May 2, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. –
Charles Henderson, a 6-4, 205-pound guard out of Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, has joined the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program after signing a National Letter of Intent.

Skyhawk head coach Anthony Stewart announced the move today, as the Houston, Texas native will be a junior at UT Martin this fall.

“Charles is a big-bodied wing that can play multiple positions – 1 through 4,” Stewart said. “He comes from a great junior college program at Trinidad State and comes from a wonderful family. He’s the kind of kid that will help us continue our winning culture that we’ve built over the past four years. He’s an immediate impact guy and I’m just really pleased that he decided to be a Skyhawk.”

Henderson helped Trinidad State to a 21-10 and a Region IX playoff appearance under head coach Mike Folda in 2017-18. He averaged 10.1 points per game in Region IX South play while tallying 9.7 points, a team-high 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 31 games played. He shot 47.9 percent (102-of-213) from the floor, 38.1 percent (37-for-97) from three-point land and 77.9 percent (60-of-77) from the free throw line as a sophomore.

Henderson compiled nine games of at least 15 points in 2017-18, including a season-best 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting) against Laramie County on Jan. 13. He corralled a pair of double-doubles (11 points, career-best 12 rebounds against North Platte on Jan. 26; 19 points, 10 rebounds at Otero on March 9) and sank multiple three-pointers in 11 different contests. He dished out a season-high five assists against Northern New Mexico on Nov. 10 and also accumulated six multi-steal games last season.

As a freshman, Henderson was responsible for averages of 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for a Trojan squad that posted a 16-12 overall record. He once again upped his scoring production in region play (9.9 points per game) while shooting 48.6 percent (88-of-181), 35.8 percent (19-for-53) from beyond the three-point arc and 79.2 percent (57-of-72) from the charity stripe.

Henderson accounted for a dozen double-digit scoring games as a true freshman, including a pair of 20-point outings in the span of three games. Less than two weeks after he tossed in 22 points against Northwest Kansas Tech, Henderson went off for a career-best 24 points (including a 14-of-15 effort from the free throw line) at Eastern Wyoming on Dec. 9.

Henderson’s freshman campaign also saw him snare double-doubles in back-to-back games (10 points, 10 rebounds at Lamar Community College on Jan. 30; 12 points, 11 rebounds against Western Nebraska on Feb. 3). He handed out season-highs of five assists twice while swiping a career-high three steals against Eastern Wyoming on Feb. 4.

Henderson prepped at Summer Creek High School, where he played for head coaches James Bailey and Ricky Mourning. He collected University Interscholastic League All-District 16-6A accolades as a senior in 2015-16.

UT Martin’s 2018-19 signing class now includes Henderson, Quinton Dove (Cleveland, Ohio/Cuyahoga Community College) and Derek Hawthorne, Jr. (Indianapolis, Ind./John A. Logan College).

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