Tiger standout Henderson to helm Dragon basketball team


Former University of Memphis basketball standout and professional player Cedric Henderson has been named the interim head coach of the Collierville High School boys basketball team.

The hire was announced on Monday. 

Henderson, 46, was a small forward for the Memphis Tigers in the mid-90s before being selected by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1997 draft. He was also a standout player for East High School in Memphis. 

He played four seasons for the Cavaliers before being traded to the Golden State Warriors. He later played for the Milwaukee Bucks before joining the NBDL overseas. 

After retiring, Henderson became the assistant coach and head coach of the men’s basketball team at Southwest Tennessee Community College for the 2012-13 and 2018-19 seasons, respectively.

He then became the assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at Christian Brothers University.

He, also, coached high school teams in Memphis.

In 2012-13, he was the head coach at Wooddale High School and in 2017-18 he coached at Trezevant High School, where the team had a 2-20 record.

“We feel we have found someone that could prove to be a tremendous leader in our community, a wonderful communicator and a developer of talent.” Jeff Curtis, Collierville Schools Athletic Director, said in a release. “With Cedric’s Hall of Fame success at The University of Memphis and NBA experience, we are confident he will do special things at Collierville High School.”

The Dragons won their first game in the state tournament last season. It was the first time Collierville had been to the tournament in nearly 50 years. 

They were ranked No. 22 in the state with a record of 22-12 on the season before losing 55-48 to Cane Ridge of Nashville. 

Practice for the 2021-22 season begins on Nov. 1.