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Former Illini Myke Henry is playing for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA

The ex-Illini scored 12 points in his fifth career game last night.

I know what you’re thinking, but trust me, you read that right.

Myke Henry played two seasons at the University of Illinois under Bruce Weber from 2011-13. Henry is a 6-foot-6, versatile, big bodied guard. At Illinois, Henry showed potential but not much more. In two seasons he averaged 3.2 points per game in only 10 minutes per game.

After his sophomore year, he transferred to DePaul where he started 63 games and scored 13 points per game over his final two collegiate seasons.

Henry is now 25 years old and signed to a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. He scored his first 12 NBA points against the Philadelphia 76ers last night in his fifth career NBA game. Henry played the last two seasons in the G-League with Oklahoma City Blue.

Hoop Dreams always follow unique and winding paths, but regardless of the path, the realization of that NBA dream is so so sweet.

Congratulations to Myke Henry! Illini Nation is wishing you the best!