Ethan Henderson displays the menacing type with the shaved head and tattoos, a characteristic he took onto the basketball court for the Great Bend High School Panthers.
Henderson, a tireless undersized post player, probably led the Western Athletic Conference in hustle plays this past season, getting his fair share of floor burns.
A 6-foot-1 senior, Henderson was selected as a first-team All-WAC performer in a vote by league coaches.
“He was very deserving of that honor,” Great Bend head coach Chris Battin said of Henderson. “He was a guy that knew his role and played his role very well.
“He got a lot of points by going to glass and hustling and in all reality, that’s why he was the player he was.”
Henderson averaged nine points and 8.5 rebounds per game for the 5-15 Panthers — both team highs.
Henderson joined Player of the Year Brady Werth of Hays, Liberal’s JJ Lewis, Garden City’s Bo Banner and Dodge City’s Jace Larson on the first team.
Dennis Hamilton of three-time WAC champion Dodge City was named as coach of the year.
“Ethan did a wonderful job with the leadership role and his sheer hustle plays and determination helped us in a lot of games,” Battin said.
Western Athletic Conference
Brady Werth Soph. Hays
JJ Lewis Senior Liberal
Bo Banner Senior Garden City
Jace Larson Junior Dodge City
Ethan Henderson Senior Great Bend
Matt Goedeken Senior Dodge City
Shaphan Gross Senior Dodge City
Tristan Nanninga Senior Garden City
Lane Clark Junior Hays
Will Ross Senior Liberal
Player of the Year: Brady Werth, Hays
Coach of the Year: Dennis Hamilton, Dodge City