What we know about Scoot Henderson's parents and family

Joshua Rogers October 4, 2022
What we know about Scoot Henderson's parents and family
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Here’s everything we know about Scoot Henderson’s parents, dad Chris and mom Crystal, as the top NBA prospect prepares to take on French superstar Victor Wembanyama.

The NBA preseason is in full swing and on Tuesday and Thursday night we have a potential matchup of next year’s No.1 and No.2 overall pick.

French superstar, Victor Wembanyama, who plays for French team Metropolitans 92, is in Las Vegas for two exhibition matches against the G League Ignite and star point guard Scoot Henderson.

Who is he?

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.

Who are Scoot Henderson’s parents?

Scoot Henderson’s parents are dad Chris, a coach and trainer, and mom, Crystal, who’s a health-care administrator. They are originally from Hempstead, N.Y. but moved to Marietta, Georgia just before Scoot was born in 2004.

Chris Henderson has been a basketball coach for years and grew up playing on courts in Long Island. Speaking to the New York Times, he said: “I’m extremely happy for him [Scoot] because I’m tough,” he said. “I ain’t going to lie — I’m tough. I ain’t a walk in the park, and just for him to go through that, it’s been a lot.”

According to Basketball News, Chris would push all of Scoot’s older siblings (more of them in a minute) to be their best at the local park. Scoot would often join them, wearing ankle weights that were heavier than he was at the time.

In November 2018, the Hendersons, led by father Chris, opened Next Play 360, a gym near their home with an emphasis on academic and athletic development.

Scoot Henderson’s family – his siblings are just as athletic as he is

Scoot Henderson has a pretty large family that includes six siblings. Remarkably, they are all seriously athletic. Three Henderson sisters played Division I basketball: Diamond, 29, at Syracuse, and Onyx and China, 26, at Cal State–Fullerton.

Furthermore, Scoot’s youngest sister, 16-year-old Crystal, who goes by the name Moochie, is a point guard and one of the top-ranked preps in Georgia.

Scoot’s older brother, CJ, was a teammate of his at Kell High, and their older brother, Jade, played football. Father Chris has reportedly coached them all since they were toddlers and continues to train them at Next Play 360, while mom Crystal runs the gym.

Speaking about being part of a sporting family, Scoot said: “I can’t describe the feeling. It’s just… they understand where I’m coming from every single time, and they don’t take it light on me, honestly.

“They let me know what’s up for real. They keep it a hundred with me even if I have a bad game or if I have a good game and [they] tell me what I could’ve done better. They’ve all been in the game, so it’s really beneficial.”

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.

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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.