RICHMOND, Va. – Former Virginia Commonwealth University star and NBA Champion Gerald Henderson has been inducted to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Class of 2012.
A member of the inaugural VCU Athletic Hall of Fame, Henderson scored 1,542 points and grabbed 331 rebounds for the Rams from 1974-78. He ranks 10th on the school's career scoring list and was the first VCU basketball player to have his jersey retired.
A Richmond, Va. native, Henderson averaged 16.1 points 2.1 steals to lead VCU to the National Invitation Tournament in 1977-78, the program's first postseason appearance. In 1976-77, Henderson averaged 20.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Rams. VCU was 70-35 during Henderson's four-year career.
Henderson was a third round pick of the San Antonio Spurs in 1978 NBA Draft. He played 13 NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons, averaging 8.9 points and 3.6 assists in 871 games.
The Huguenot High School graduate was a member of four NBA Championship quads, Boston in 1980-81 and 1983-84, as well as Detroit during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. Henderson enjoyed his best NBA season in 1984-85 with Seattle when he averaged 13.4 points and 7.1 assists per game.
Henderson's son, also named Gerald, is a member of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.