Phil Henderson dies at 44; Duke mourns

February 18, 2013 10:19:48 AM PST
A former Duke University basketball star Phil Henderson, who started his basketball career as a standout at south suburban Crete-Monee High School, has died. He was 44.

Henderson passed away Sunday at his home in the Philippines, the Duke sports information department said on its website. Henderson, a senior captain on Duke's 1990 Final Four team, finished his Duke career with 1,397 points, 330 rebounds, 217 assists and 128 three-point field goals in 115 games, the Duke release said.

Henderson led the Blue Devils in scoring at 18.5 points per game while earning second team All-ACC accolades, the release said. The University Park, Ill., native earned ACC All-Tournament, NCAA All-East Regional and NCAA All-Final Four team honors, Duke said.

Henderson made one of the most memorable plays in Duke history in the second round of the NCAA tournament 1989, when he drove down the lane and dunked over Alonzo Mourning, the release said.

Henderson, a 1990 NBA Draft second round selection by the Dallas Mavericks, went on to play overseas for several years following his Duke career.

No cause of death was given.


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