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Aaron Henry invited to NBA Draft Combine

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Henry becomes the latest in a long line of Tom Izzo era Spartans to earn an invite

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: OCT 30 Northern Michigan at Michigan State Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Former Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry has been invited to the 2021 NBA Draft Combine. Henry is one of five Big Ten players in the overall invite list of 69 draft prospects to be invited.

Henry averaged 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game last season in his junior year. He became the first MSU player in school history to lead the team in points, rebounds, and assists since assists were first recorded in 1975. Henry was also named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive Team, as well as garnering third-team All-Big Ten honors.

Henry announced he would be forgoing his remaining eligibility to enter the 2021 NBA Draft shortly after the season’s conclusion. He is widely projected to go late in the first-round to early in the second. CBS projects Henry to the Clippers at No. 25 overall, Bleacher Report at No. 27 to the Nets, and NBADraft.net in the second round to the Grizzlies (should they just rename to Spartans at this point?).

The Spartans have had 10 players drafted in the NBA over the last decade heading into the 2021 NBA Draft, which is more than any other program in the Big Ten, except for Michigan, as the Wolverines have also seen 10 players drafted. Henry played with two of them: Xavier Tillman Sr. and Cassius Winston, both drafted last year in the 2020 NBA Draft. Prior to Henry’s arrival in East Lansing, some of the more recent drafted Michigan State players include Jaren Jackson, Jr., Miles Bridges, Denzel Valentine, Deyonta Davis, and Branden Dawson.