NMSU Aggie Clayton Henry signs with Canadian Elite Basketball League

Former New Mexico State men’s basketball player Clayton Henry has signed with the Guelph Nighthawks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Henry, who spent four seasons with the Aggies after transferring from Palm Beach State College in 2018, is the first member of the 2021-22 NMSU team to sign professionally. Henry is from Calgary and will return to his home country for the 2022 CEBL season, which begins May 25. The Nighthawks’ first game is May 26.

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Henry averaged 5.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists for the Aggies in 26 games last year after his final season was cut short due to injury. Henry helped the Aggies regain the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship for the first time since 2019 and win their first WAC regular season title since 2020.

Henry was a regular starter and key contributor for the Aggies during his NMSU career when he was healthy. He suffered four major injuries in four years and missed the first nine games of last season before returning to the starting lineup for all but two games during WAC play.

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Henry was widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the WAC, and former head coach Chris Jans consistently praised his defensive IQ. Henry opted to return to NMSU last season for his sixth and final year of eligibility instead of turning pro or transferring to another university.

He is one of four members of last year’s NMSU team to test the pro waters. Johnny McCants and Yuat Alok both used up their final years of NCAA eligibility last season, and Teddy Allen declared himself for the NBA draft shortly after the season ended.

Stephen Wagner is a sports reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can found on Twitter at @stephenwag22 and reached at [email protected]

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