Thursday, December 11, 2008

Some news on Spartan signee Joe Henson

*** UPDATE: Here's the very latest on Joe Henson -- "...In an earlier game, Joseph Henson scored 28 points to help Pasadena defeat Rancho Verde, 51-38..."

Joe Henson signed with the San Jose State men's basketball program during the November signing period. Here are three articles we've collected on Henson and Pasadena High. We graciously won't hold it against Joe Henson -- that is, the fact that he plays for the Bulldogs.

Pasadena opens as Star-News' No. 1 team
Miguel A. Melendez
Pasadena Star-News
December 2, 2008

As the temperatures dip lower during the winter, the heat will rise inside area high school gymnasiums as the basketball season is well underway.

The season officially began Monday with area teams taking part in tournament tip-offs, and this year's No. 1 team in the Star-News preseason Top 10 rankings is no stranger to the view from the top.

Pasadena High School has the players, size and speed to wreak havoc as the Bulldogs hope to contend for a CIF-SS championship.


The Bulldogs finished 22-6 overall last season and won their fourth consecutive Pacific League title. Pasadena has lost just one league game the past four seasons.

But despite all the regular-season success, the Bulldogs were ousted by Arroyo Valley in the second round of last year's CIF-SS playoffs.

"We're optimistic about this year," Pasadena coach Tim Tucker said. "We think we'll have a great year with a number of players returning.

"We have the size and one of the bigger teams in high school basketball."

The Bulldogs will be led by San Jose State-bound Joseph Henson, a 6-foot-9, 255 pound senior who will provide an intimidating presence in the front court.

Henson had an outstanding sophomore season before injuries plagued his junior year in which some major Division I schools pulled the plug on their recruiting interest.

But Henson fought his way back into what may be the best condition of his life.

"It's probably the first time the kid has been in shape," Tucker said.

Henson recovered from hip surgery and earned a scholarship. He signed with San Jose State just a few weeks ago.

"The kid has come back strong and lost all the baby fat," Tucker added. "A lot of schools liked the fact that he got back in shape, but he chose San Jose State because they stuck with him. It shows his character."

Henson will have plenty of good company in the front court with 6-foot-9 junior Steven Adams, who grew three inches in the offseason, and 6-foot-6 small forward Tyler Slye.

Adams is considered one of the best power forwards in the country and is ranked No.4 in the nation in his class by some recruiting publications.

National powerhouse Kentucky and just about every Pac-10 school, including UCLA, have taken a look at Adams.

Slye brings a Michael Cooper-esque style to the Bulldogs this season, and he even wears the same number (No.21) the former Lakers standout and Sparks head coach wore as a Bulldog.

Pasadena hosts the fifth Rose City Classic, a tournament that features the best teams in the Southland. Among some of the best players showcased will be UCLA-bound forward Tyler Honeycutt, who will lead Sylmar.


Bulldogs triumph handily
Keith Lair
Pasadena Star-News

PASADENA - It takes a lot to surprise Pasadena High School boys basketball coach Tim Tucker.

Thursday night in the fifth annual Rose City Round Ball Classic at Pasadena, Tucker was a bit surprised. Dorsey High pulled numerous double teams on key Bulldogs players in the opening half of the quarterfinal game. The Dons picked up on point guard George Toyama and off-guard Darius Johnson...
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Pasadena falls short in 'title game'
Miguel A. Melendez
Pasadena Star News

Sometimes championship games are played in the semifinals. Take last weekend's Rose City Classic, for example.

Pasadena High School, the Star-News' top-ranked boys basketball team, ran into Etiwanda in the semifinals. The game had all the makings of a championship game, with two talented teams and a gymnasium packed to capacity.

The game also was competitive, but the Bulldogs took control in the fourth quarter and went on a 16-0 run. They then ran into a wall, however, and the game unraveled for them.
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