PROVIDENCE – School is back in session for one of the top Providence basketball Friars under Ed Cooley’s watch. Only this time, the player nicknamed “Buckets” will be doing his part in helping to mold the current group of PC hoopsters.
LaDontae Henton – he of 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds during his Friar career – has been welcomed back as Special Assistant to Head Coach Ed Cooley. The move was announced by the school Thursday. Now 29, Henton suited up from the Friars from 2011-15 and was part of two NCAA Tournament teams and the 2014 Providence squad that captured the program’s second Big East Tournament title.
The year 2011 should resonate with Friar fans as it marks the first year of the Cooley era at Providence. Henton goes in the books as Cooley’s first PC recruit. The bond between the pair was strong during Henton’s playing days with Cooley often lauding the player’s take-charge attitude, hence it’s not exactly a surprise to learn that Henton is launching his coaching career under Cooley’s watch.
“I am very excited to have LaDontae on our staff,” Cooley said in a press release. “LaDontae was my first recruit at Providence. I have seen him grow as a player and a person and as a mentor as well. He has a lot of experience playing the game and I believe our players will benefit from having him around and learning from what it takes to win at this level.”
Henton fills the spot that was previously held by Matt Garvey, who left for an assistant coaching position at Western Reserve Academy. Garvey held the title of Special Assistant to HC/Video Coordinator.
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