Scoot Henderson's real name and where his nickname comes from

Joshua Rogers October 4, 2022
Scoot Henderson's real name and where his nickname comes from
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Ahead of Metropolitans 92 vs. G League Ignite, we take a look at top NBA prospect Scoot Henderson’s real name and where he got his nickname from.

The 2022-23 NBA preseason is in full swing and on Tuesday and Thursday night, fans will get a glimpse at the future of the league.

French superstar, Victor Wembanyama, arguably the most exciting prospect since LeBron James, will get his first take of NBA action in two G League preseason games.

The 7-foot-4 prospect, whose expected to go No. 1 overall in the 2023 NBA draft, will square off against  G League Ignite point guard Scoot Henderson, who is expected to be the No.2 overall pick.

Here’s what we know about Scoot Henderson, including his real name and where his nickname comes from.

Who is Scoot Henderson?

Scoot Henderson is an 18-year-old point guard who was a consensus five-star recruit in high school (he attended Carlton J. Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia) and one of the top point guards in the 2022 class.

However, he turned down college offers from Auburn and Georgia to reclassify to the 2021 class and join the NBA G League Ignite.

He spent last year developing in the G League and will once again suit up for the Ignite this season. The 6ft 2 in guard has established himself as an extremely athletic and explosive player, with some already comparing him to Russell Westbrook.

He will have the chance to prove himself in front of numerous NBA scouts and executives as the Ignite take on Wembanyama’s Metropolitans 92 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Scoot Henderson’s real name and where his nickname comes from

Scoot Henderson’s real name is Sterling Henderson, however, according to Sports Illustrated, he has had the nickname Scoot since he was a toddler.

His six siblings – two older brothers and four sister – say Henderson’s Scoot nickname has something to do with him scooting across the floor on his rear as a child. His mother, Crystal, however, insists it is “just a nickname.”

The Henderson siblings all grew up as Kobe Bryant fans, and like Scoot, play basketball. According to SI, three Henderson sisters played Division I basketball: Diamond, 29, at Syracuse, and Onyx and China, 26, at Cal State–Fullerton.

Their youngest sister, 16-year-old Crystal, who is also known as Moochie, is a point guard and one of the top-ranked preps in Georgia.

How to watch Metropolitans 92 vs. G League Ignite

The projected No.1 and No.2 overall picks in next year’s draft going head to head in two exhibitions is certainly something to get excited about.

The first matchup between Metropolitans 92 vs. G League Ignite takes place at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday (4 October) from The Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada.

You can watch it on ESPN2 and the NBA app.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.