Sickles All-American senior center Amber Henson will miss the beginning of this season while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, she said Sunday.
Henson, who is scheduled to sign her national letter of intent to play college basketball at national women's hoops power Duke on Wednesday, is looking forward to another day later this month: Nov. 22.
That's when Henson, the Times' Hillsborough County Player of the Year the past two seasons, said she hopes to be cleared, meaning she will miss just one regular-season game.
The Gryphons open the season on Nov. 16 at Wharton, then won't play again until Nov. 26-27 at the Craig Keeler Memorial Tournament, which will feature Hillsborough County's top three teams -- Sickles, Tampa Catholic and Tampa Catholic.
Henson said she had the knee scoped on September 3.
The 6-foot-4 senior averaged 22.1 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.9 blocks a game last season in her junior year, leading the Gryphons to the Class 5A region final and a 25-4 record.
Henson, ranked the 20th senior in the nation by ESPN and two-time Parade Magazine All-American, committed to Duke in March, choosing the Blue Devils over North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Stanford and Texas.
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