Another Michigan State Spartan is headed to the NBA. Aaron Henry went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft, but has agreed to a two-way contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Michigan State's Aaron Henry has agreed to a two-way deal with the 76ers, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
A two-way contract in the NBA allows for a player to play for both the NBA team and its G League affiliate team during the same season. The Delaware Blue Coats are the 76ers’ G League affiliate team, so Henry will spend time in both Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware this season.
After initially testing the NBA waters in 2020, but eventually deciding to return to East Lansing for his junior season, Henry decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft in April.
During the 2020-2021 season, Henry averaged 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 44.9 percent overall from the field, 29.6 percent on three-pointers and 76.2 from the free-throw line. Henry earned third-team All-Big Ten honors, and was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.
Henry was also a team captain for the Spartans last season, and was one of the biggest reasons a struggling Michigan State team was able to extend the program’s NCAA Tournament streak to 23 consecutive appearances.
Throughout his career with the Spartans, Henry played in 97 total games with 77 starts. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and nearly one steal per game during that span, while shooting 45.7 percent overall from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 73 percent from the free-throw line. As a true freshman in 2018-2019, Henry helped Tom Izzo and the Spartans make a Final Four run.
Henry makes nine Michigan State players who are active in the NBA, joining Draymond Green, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman Sr., Bryn Forbes (2021 NBA champion), Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine and Cassius Winston.