CORAL GABLES — Sickles' John Henson made another mark in his storied high school career when he was announced as a starter in Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American game at the BankUnited Center.
The 6-foot-10 forward started for the West team and finished the game with 14 points and three rebounds in 16 minutes as the East defeated his team 113-110. The game featured 12 lead changes and seven ties. Mason Plumlee missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.
Henson got his first points off consecutive dunks to give the East an early 9-6 lead.
"I had so much fun out there," Henson said. "It was an amazing experience to run with all these guys in front of the fans. We weren't able to come away with the win, but I'm leaving with a lot of memories."
Henson, who is headed to North Carolina, also had a chance to play with two of his future teammates, twin brothers David and Travis Wear of Huntington Beach, Calif. Another future teammate, Dexter Strickland, was the starting point guard for the East.
"They are definitely solid players," added Henson, who also had one assist. "I was able to get a good idea of what they can do and what the three of us can do together if we're put on the floor at the same time."
Henson will be part of the Nike Hoops Summit game in Portland, Ore., on April 11.
East forward Derrick Favors took home MVP honors with 19 points and eight rebounds while the West's Keith Gallon led all scorers with 20.
Kenny Boynton, a 6-2 guard headed to the Florida Gators, finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists while Michael Snaer, an FSU commitment, had 13 points. The East leads the overall series 18-14.
In the girls game, the West won 69-68 when Kelly Farris only hit two of her three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer with one second remaining. North Carolina-bound Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 10 and grabbed 10 rebounds for the West.