Conner Henry

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Conner Henry
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1963-07-21) July 21, 1963 (age 51)
Claremont, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Career information
High school Claremont (Claremont, California)
College UC Santa Barbara (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 4 / Pick: 89th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro playing career 1986–1998
Career history
1986 Houston Rockets
1987 Boston Celtics
1987–1988 Milwaukee Bucks
1988 Sacramento Kings
1988–1989 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1989 Filodoro Brescia (Italy)
1989–1990 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1990–1991 Telemarket Brescia (Italy)
1991 Bakersfield Jammers (CBA)
1991–1992 Yakima Sun Kings (CBA)
1992 Mulhouse (France)
1992–1993 Pamesa Valencia (Spain)
1994–1996 Festina Andorra (Spain)
1996–1997 Sporting Athens (Greece)
1997–1998 Peristeri (Greece)
1998 Müller Verona (Italy)
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League Coach of the Year (2014)

Conner Henry (born July 21, 1963) is a retired American basketball player. He was a 6'7" (203 cm), 195 lb (89 kg) shooting guard and from 1982 to 1986 played college basketball for the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he scored 1,236 points.[1]

He was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 19th pick of the fourth round in the 1986 NBA Draft.[2] Throughout his short NBA career from 198688 he played with the Rockets, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings. Henry also played for the Rapid City Thrillers and the Yakima Sun Kings of the CBA. In 1990 he was voted as the CBA Player of the Year as well as the CBA All-Star game MVP. Then in 1992 he played in the first CBA All-Star Game held in the Pacific Northwest, of which he was named Most Valuable Player once again after hitting four-of-seven three-pointers, the most made in such an event since 1970.[3] After his NBA career he spent 10 years playing professionally in Italy, Spain, France and Greece before returning to Montana, US.[4]

After retiring, he became an assistant coach with Division III's[2] Claremont McKenna College (where his father worked as a college professor[5]) in his hometown of Claremont, California. He also served as associate director of the career services center, assisting students to gain employment.[4] He remained there for five years until 2006 when he was hired as an assistant coach to the Australian NBL's Perth Wildcats under head coach and former college teammate Scott Fisher.[2] After Fisher left the Wildcats, Henry became coach for the 2008/09 season.[6] In 2010 Conner joined the reformed Sydney Kings (Australian NBL) as an assistant coach with Ian Robilliard.[7] He later became an assistant for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.[8]

In October 2013, he was named the head coach of the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the 2013–14 season.[9] On April 17, 2014, he was named the winner of the 2014 Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award.[10]


  1. ^ DREAM JOB - The Conner Henry Interview (page 2) by Michael D. McClellan on Celtic, published May 6, 2004; article retrieved June 7, 2007
  2. ^ a b c Conner Henry Assistant Coach Profile, Official Perth Wildcats website; article retrieved June 7, 2007
  3. ^ THE CBA ALL-STAR GAME - FIVE DECADES OF EXCELLENCE, by Chuck Miller on Nuvola-inspired File Icons for MediaWiki-fileicon-doc.pngDOC (62 KiB)
  4. ^ a b Legend for a night - Catching up with Conner Henry by Jon Goode - published May 2, 2004; article retrieved June 7, 2007
  5. ^ DREAM JOB - The Conner Henry Interview (page 1) by Michael D. McClellan on Celtic, published May 6, 2004; article retrieved June 7, 2007
  6. ^ Year By Year - The Official Website of the Perth Wildcats.
  7. ^ What the Hell Happened to...Conner Henry? - Celtics Life
  8. ^ 2012-13 coach bios.
  9. ^ Mad Ants Name Conner Henry as Head Coach
  10. ^ Fort Wayne's Conner Henry Named 2014 NBA D-League Coach of the Year

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