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KSHOF Inductee of the Week: Steve Henson

Steve Henson is one of the best to ever play basketball in Kansas. (courtesy photo: KSHOF)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jan 24, 2017

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The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and Sports in Kansas present this weeks KSHOF Inductee of the Week. To visit the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame online (click here) or visit the Wichita Boathouse at 515 S. Wichita in Wichita, KS 67202

Henson, Steve

Inducted 2009

Born: February 2, 1968 – Junction City, Kansas

Graduated: McPherson H.S., 1986; Kansas State University, 1990

Overview

Steven Michael Henson was one of the state’s top all-around athletes at McPherson High School before going on to become one of the greatest basketball players in Kansas State University history.

Early Achievements

He was two-time first-team all-state selection at McPherson High School and was named Mr. Kansas Basketball in 1986.  Henson was also a Junior Olympic national champion in both the decathlon and high jump and a Kansas high school state champion in both the javelin and high jump.

Athletic Career at K-State

At Kansas State, he was a member of the track and field team as a decathlete and took third at the Big Eight Championships as a sophomore and junior. His tough, tenacious and smart play on the basketball court helped Henson become one of the most respected players in the Big Eight Conference from 1986-90. During his four year college career, Henson set eleven Big Eight records and 21 Kansas State records including both season and career records for assists, steals, and free throw percentage. He was a four-year starter on K-State teams that made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances – the only Wildcat in history to accomplish that feat. His career scoring total of 1,655 points was fourth best in KSU history when he graduated.  In 2003, Henson was elected to Kansas State’s All-Century team. He was a two-time honorable mention All-American and earned first-team All-Big Eight honors as a junior and second team as a senior.

NBA & Coaching Career

Drafted in the second round of the 1990 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Henson played seven seasons in the NBA and three in Europe. Following his playing days, he was an assistant coach at Illinois, South Florida and UNLV, as well as an advance scout for the Atlanta Hawks. He currently is the head coach at the University of Texas San Antonio where he was hired after the 2016 basketball season where he was an assistant on the Oklahoma Final Four Team under Silver Lake native and past KSU head coach Lon Kruger. The two have had multiple stops together including the NBA and NCAA.