Nov. 14, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane men's basketball signed Payton Henson, Ray Barreno and Cameron Reynolds to National Letters of Intent to play for the Green Wave as freshman next fall, it was announced by head coach Ed Conroy on the first day of the early signing period.
Henson is a 6-8 forward from Siloam Springs, Ark., Barreno is a 6-11 post player from El Paso, Texas, and Reynolds in a 6-6 perimeter player from Pearland, Texas.
"We are ecstatic about the addition of these student-athletes to our Tulane program," Conroy said. "These individuals are each exceptional students who value the Tulane University educational experience. Each of these young men are taking advanced placement courses and come from strong and supportive families and highly successful high school programs."
Henson enters his senior season as Siloam Springs High School with over 1,500 career points after starting since his freshman season. A two-time all-state selection, Henson averaged 24.7 points and 10.6 rebounds last season as a junior and 20.2 points and 9.6 boards as a sophomore. He earned a spot on the 2012 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Team (top 10 players) and was the 2012 The Morning News Northwest Arkansas small school Player of the Year.
"Payton is a very skilled, strong, and versatile player," Conroy said. "We are really excited about all the things he can do on the basketball court. He makes everyone on the court with him better because he is able to make so many different types of plays with great size."
Barreno enters his senior year at Faith Christian Academy as the El Paso Times Preseason Top Basketball Player after earning 3A first team all-state honors as a junior. Barreno averaged 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in leading his team to a Texas Christian Athletic League 3A state championship. As a sophomore, Barreno earned all-city and defensive Player of the Year honors by the El Paso Times.
"Ray is a big post player who is just scratching the surface of his potential," Conroy said. "He is strong and physical with great hands. Ray has the ability and work ethic to be a special player here at Tulane."
Reynolds, whose father Billy is Northwestern State's all-time leading scorer begins his senior year at Pearland High School. As a junior he was a First Team all-District 24-5A Selection averaging 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. He also made 91 out of 204 3-point field goals. Cameron's older brother, Justin currently plays professionally in France. His father was a 1977 draft pick of the Seattle Super Sonics.
"Cameron is a long and athletic guard with a 7'0 wingspan," Conroy added. "At almost 6-7, Cameron is a really versatile scorer who can really stretch the defense with his outstanding shooting ability."
"We think this is a special class with the size, versatility, and skill level that these student-athletes will bring to our program, Conroy closed by saying. "Ray, Payton, and Cameron all understand the commitment being made to our basketball program at the present time and they believe in the development that takes place on and off the court at Tulane University."
The trio will join the Green Wave as freshman on the 2013-14 squad.