De La Salle's Henley picks NIU

De La Salle senior forward Andre Henley has committed to Northern Illinois, giving newly-named coach Mark Montgomery his third Chicago recruit since being hired.

Henley, a 6-6 small forward, averaged 14 points, six rebounds and four assists while helping De La Salle win the Catholic League and finish 22-3 overall last season.

Henley chose the Huskies over interest from Bradley, Indiana State, Missouri State, Providence and Tennessee.

Montgomery also recently received commitments from Brooks twin forwards Keith and Kevin Gray, two of the Chicago Public League’s top seniors.

“If you look at Northern Illinois’ roster last year, they didn’t have many kids from Chicago,” De La Salle coach Tom White said. “Montgomery is going in there and signing three or four Chicago kids right off the bat.

“Northern Illinois is getting a scorer in Andre. I think every night he steps on the floor he can get 20 points. He’s an assist guy, too. He’s a setup man. He can dribble with either hand. He attacks the basket. On the defensive side, he’s a kid who can get 7-8 rebounds every game. He can defend a few different spot. He’s a big body. I think it’s a steal for them.”

Henley joins Northern Illinois’ 2011 recruiting class that includes Keith and Kevin Gray, Glenbard East (IL) point guard Zach Miller, Liberty Tech (TN) shooting guard DeAndre Barnette and Saginaw (MI) shooting guard Marquavis Ford.