Trenchtown Sports: Cedrick Henderson Jr. playing his best ball when the stakes are high

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The Campbell transfer and 1,000-point scorer Cedric Henderson Jr. has been the most important player this tournament. Henderson came to Arizona for these big moments and he’s making the most of it.

Ced put up 24 vs. Stanford and added 14 against ‘the school up north’. 14 points might not seem like much but his buckets were incredibly timely. Henderson is used to being a main scoring option averaging double-digit points per game all 3 years at Campbell so it took him a little bit to finally take off. That time has arrived.

Wildcats had to replace Bennedict Mathurin, Dalen Terry, and Christian Koloko from last year’s team. This makes Cedric Henderson’s arrival that much more important. Obviously, you can’t replace Mathurin’s playmaking, Dalen’s decision-making, and Koloko’s shot-blocking. I’d say Tommy Lloyd has done an even better job of coaching this year because of how connected his team has been. There has been a lack of focus at times with bad losses to Washington State, Utah, and Stanford. When this squad is locked in they can beat any team in the country. They’re one win away from winning back-to-back Pact 12 tournaments.