Janine Henderson

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Janine Henderson
(Cougar, F)
ID# 1166
No. 20 – Williamsburg Minutemen
Position Forward
Species Cougar ( Felidae )
Gender Female
Personal information
Born (1999-05-26) May 26, 1999 (age 23)
Greensboro, NC
Nationality
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Shoots Right-handed
Career information
School Atlanta Technical University
FBA draft 2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the Albany Alphas
Pro playing career 2020–present
Career history
2020 - 2022 Albany Alphas
2022-present Williamsburg Minutemen
Contract information
Contract year 2020
2022 Salary $1.5 million
2023 Salary $3 million
2024 Salary $3 million
2025 Salary $4 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Sam Gwosdz
(OOC) Creator Sam Gwosdz
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Biography

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina to a large family with three sisters and two brothers, Janine certainly wasn't starved for anyone to play with. No stranger to any sort of games, Janine gravitated to basketball the most, spending countless afternoons after school shooting a ball through a hoop set up above their garage door.

And this was before Janine even really got into the FBA. The first memory she had of the league was seeing a national game where Vera La Tierra played against Mitchell Redding. She didn't particularly root for either team, but was so impressed with the high-flying acrobatics that she immediately tried to incorporate them into her driveway practice.

Playing against her siblings, she proved to be the most talented of the lot. She only got better as she grew and started to break out in high school, becoming an efficient scorer with a strong inside game and great rebounding instincts. Preferring to use her height, she liked to snake her way inside to the basket with decent instincts. She only wanted to keep getting better, and her North Carolina high school team was one of the best in the state thanks to her double-digit scoring and rebounding averages. Her top play earned her a scholarship offer from Atlanta Technological University, which she gladly accepted.

And that's where she hit a wall.

College basketball was tough on Janine. Although she fared decently in her classes, the college game was just that much better and she felt it hard to get her footing on the team even into her sophomore year. She got to be uncharacteristically discouraged and almost thought about quitting the team at points.

During a break from writing a paper one night, she decided to turn on a game and once again found the Minutemen, this time playing the Spirits. She noticed almost immediately how Williamsburg forward Renee Fiora was going up against Rodger Umaechi. She was determined and focused and calmly executed her game against the tougher veteran forward. In the face of getting outscored and outrebounded that game, Renee held her own and had such an even-rounded game that she contributed well to the Minutemen's 14-point victory.

Somehow, that very game was what Janine needed to see. With a renewed focus on bettering her game and trying to remain confident in the face of adversity, Henderson improved markedly with points and rebounds her junior and senior seasons. Now hoping to get into the FBA, Janine wants to not only make her family proud, but to prove to herself she can play at the higher level.

Janine has good offensive and defensive instincts that allow her to excel on scoring and rebounding. Her mid-range and three-point shots are solid and she also can pass a little and has good instincts with court awareness and where she needs to be to receive or get the basketball on either side.

That being said, she isn't very good at stealing the ball and her defensive ability to crowd really doesn't extend to blocking shots. She's also a bit slow and needs to figure out a way to get a bit faster at the pro level.

Whatever team takes a chance on her will get a hard worker and hopefully a developing pro.