Henson, fresh out of her first professional season in France with club Al Aplemont, said her participation in the national team trials would allow her to help advance women’s basketball in the Philippines.
“When it comes to basketball, I just want to help the team as much as I can in any way I can. But I think the main thing is just to take the opportunity and really try to put Filipino women’s basketball on the map, ”Henson said.
The 6-foot-1, San Diego, Calif. Native has played four seasons with the University of Washington Huskies, where they have reached Division I of the US NCAA every year. During Henson’s rookie year in the 2016-17 season, the Huskies made it to the Sweet Sixteen round, only to be defeated by Mississippi State.
Henson, born to Filipino parents Eric and Jean, had her most productive season with the Huskies in her sophomore year averaging 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. She was the team’s second-best scorer this season.
Gilas Pilipinas women’s head coach Pat Aquino will oversee the trials, hosted by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Fil-Am Nation Select. National Intercollegiate Athletics Association MVP Stefanie Berberabe and University star Duke Vanessa de Jesus are also expected to compete for spots on the national team.
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Aquino is tasked with bringing together the best Filipino cagers to defend his championship at the 31st Southeast Asian Games scheduled for November in Hanoi, Vietnam.