Monessen basketball player Lyndon Henderson leaving for school in Michigan

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 12:15 PM


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One of the top returning scorers in WPIAL basketball is leaving the state.

Lyndon Henderson, who would have been a senior at Monessen, is transferring to a school in Michigan. He will live there with his older brother, Elijah Minnie, a senior basketball standout at Eastern Michigan.

Minnie confirmed Henderson’s intentions to attend Arbor Preparatory High School in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Henderson was rumored to be leaving for Lincoln Park, or possibly another school in Westmoreland County, but instead will leave the WPIAL completely.

Minnie will help care for Henderson after the siblings lost their mother last February. Justina Minnie Underwood died unexpectedly on Feb. 25. She was 39.

Henderson, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged over 20 points a game last season, including a school-record 55-point game against Geibel.

He was a third-team all-state selection in Class A.

Minnie, the former Lincoln Park star who also played at Robert Morris, is a 6-foot-9 forward. He led EMU in scoring last season at 16.8 points. The team finished 22-13 and reached the Mid-American Conference semifinals and the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

He declared for the NBA Draft but decided not to hire an agent and returned to EMU.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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