Gillette, Wyo.--Just under 94 miles. That is the distance Myles Henry will have to travel to continue his college basketball career. Henry, who played for Head Coach Shawn Neary and the Gillette College Pronghorns last season, will be playing for Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish, S.D. this upcoming season.
He will have three years of eligibility to play for the Yellow Jackets.
In his one season with the Pronghorns, Myles averaged 12 points a game and made 27.5 percent of his three-pointers; he was 62.5 percent from the line.
Myles liked what he saw when he visited BHSU.
“First and foremost, I liked the coaching staff. [It] felt like I had a real good connection with them, felt like I was becoming part of another family, not just a basketball team.”
He also liked the scenery and town of Spearfish when he went to visit with the coaching staff
Head Coach Bradd Schafer of BHSU said, “I think one, [Myles] is a great defender. He's got great length and size at a wing position for us in the RMAC Conference and I think he can guard a [point guard, shooting guard and a small forward].”
Schafer is good friend with Neary and said that he saw Myles play a few times this past season with the Pronghorns. Schafer sees Myles as a player that will do well on the perimeter for the Yellow Jackets. The head man for BHSU also liked the fact that he averaged six boards a game at Gillette College.
This will be the first player from Gillette College to take the short drive east on I-90 to Spearfish, but Schafer is impressed with the first four years that Neary and the Pronghorns have had.
“We're very excited about that and hopefully there's many more to come; just a great relationship we have there [at Gillette College],” Schafer mentioned.
With Henry going to BHSU and Andre Marquez transferring to Biola University from this past season's team, that adds to a growing number of Pronghorns that have advanced to the next level.
Neary added, “I just finished my 17th year as a head coach and through those 17 years at the junior college level, 85 percent of our sophomores have gotten scholarships.”
It helps bring in new talent to the Gillette College program, too.
“It's a big deal. The route of going junior college allows players, allows student athletes to try to get better and to try to get to the next level.”
Even though it was one season, Myles won't forget his time here in Gillette.
“It's a lot of loving and caring people here. You know it just made me feel real good because I'm about 16, 17 hours away from home.”
Myles is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.