Boise State men’s basketball announces hiring of assistant coach

Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice announced the hiring of Danny Henderson as an assistant on Friday.

I reported that Henderson would be hired back on April 2. Here is that story.

Henderson comes to Boise State after one season at Duncanville High in Texas, and is regarded as a top-notch defensive coach. Rice has stated this offseason that his team’s main focus on the floor this season will be to improve defensively.

Henderson won more than 700 games as a high school coach in Texas, winning four state titles. He won two 5A titles in three seasons at Flower Mound Marcus High. His top player at Marcus was Marcus Smart, now a guard at Oklahoma State, who recently turned down a shot at the NBA draft, where he was a likely top-five pick, to return for his sophomore season.

Here is Boise State’s release:

Danny Henderson has been hired as an assistant coach for the Boise State men’s basketball team and will start April 22, head coach Leon Rice announced Friday.

Former Boise State associate head coach Dave Wojcik was named head coach at San Jose State, March 30.

“Danny is one of the finest coaches in the country at any level,” Rice said. “He has a great passion and is one of the highest-level educators in the game of basketball. He is respected by high school, summer and collegiate coaches, which is invaluable in the recruitment of student-athletes.”

Henderson, who spent 2012-13 as the head coach at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, went 708-172 (.805) during 25 years as a prep head coach in Texas.

He was named MaxPreps National Coach of the Year in 2012 while at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, and throughout his career was named TABC Texas Coach of the Year, Texas Sportswriters Coach of the Year and Southwest United States Coach of the Year.

Henderson, also a finalist for Naismith National High School Coach of the Year, combined to win four state championships and made seven semifinal appearances in the state tournament.

He began his head coaching career at Liberty Hill High School near Austin, Texas, in 1988, and moved on to Peaster High School in 1993. He became the head coach at Marcus HS in 2009, before accepting the head coaching position at Duncanville.

Henderson earned his bachelor’s in history and physical education at Austin College. He also earned his master’s in education at Austin College.

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