Landon Henley has broken another school record, and it probably won’t be his last.
The Tuscola senior snagged the 1,102th rebound of his high school career last Friday night against rival Pisgah to become the boys basketball program’s career leader in that category.
“It means the world to me,” Henley said. “It’s a great feeling knowing all your hard work paid off.”
Henley broke the record in the second game of his final high school season. He currently holds five school records — most points in a game, most rebounds in a game, most double-doubles in a season and most double-doubles in a career — and is on pace to become the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Henley said he holds the career rebounding mark in high regard.
“I would place this record equal, if not more, important than the potential scoring record,” he said. “Because you have to have possession of the basketball to score...”
Henley said the most important characteristic of a successful rebounder is “grit.”
“You have to want the ball more than anyone else on the court,” he said. “Rebounding is all about what you put into it — and how much effort you put into each possession.”
So who is one of Henley’s board-crashing role models?
“Dennis Rodman,” he said. “Due to the fact that he understood his role and did whatever it took to win the game.”
“Dennis was a flamboyant character, but there was no denying his tenacity and drive to go get the basketball.”
The same could be said about Henley — except maybe the flamboyant part.