Henifin to play for Vikings
May 14, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Zach Henifin, who played at Bellingham High School and Whatcom CC, has signed a scholarship agreement to play men's basketball at Western Washington University.
"We are pleased to have Zach join our program," said Viking coach Brad Jackson, who announced the signing. "He is a stellar athlete that brings experience and aggressiveness to our basketball program.
"Zach is very explosive, a ferocious rebounder and excellent shot blocker. He is quick to the hoop from the wing and can certainly create some significant match-up problems. And having played at Bellingham High and Whatcom CC, his local appeal is obvious."
A 6-foot-5 forward, Henifin did not play last year. He briefly attended Cal Baptist, but left the NAIA school before the first semester was over.
Henifin played the previous two years at Whatcom CC. He helped the Orcas to a 23-9 record, second-place in the NWAACC North Division (12-4) and fifth place at the NWAACC Tournament as a sophomore. That season, Henifin averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds. 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.
An all-tourney choice at the NWAACC Tournament, Henifin was team captain as a sophomore and twice was the Orcas' MVP.
Henifin was twice a first-team all-Northwest League pick at Bellingham High. He also was a Bellingham Herald all-county choice as a senior, averaging 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, and helped the Raiders share the league title and place fifth at the Class 3A state tournament as a sophomore.
Western finished 21-6 last season, winning the school's first outright Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship and reaching the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional.
ZACH HENIFIN, Forward, 6-5, 205, 21, 4/19/88, Junior, Bellingham, WA
COLLEGE: Briefly attended Cal Baptist last year, leaving NAIA school before first semester was over ... Started and lettered two years at Whatcom CC ... Team MVP and captain as sophomore, helping Orcas to 23-9 record, second-place in NWAACC North Division (12-4) and fifth place at NWAACC Tournament, earning tourney all-star honors ... Averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocked shots ... Also team MVP as freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-Northwest League and Bellingham Herald all-County pick as senior at Bellingham High School ... Averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, helping Raiders to district playoffs ... Blocked seven shots in one game ... Also first-team all-league as junior and played on squad that shared league title and placed fifth at Class 3A state tournament as sophomore ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned one letter in football.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in communications.
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