John Henderson, former men’s basketball player, has died

John Henderson, who played for Oakland men’s basketball from 1985-89, died on March 9. He was 49.

“The Oakland Basketball family is saddened by the passing of one of our own,” head coach Greg Kampe said. “As great of a player as John was, he was even a better person. He came from one of the greatest families I have ever been associated with.”

Henderson was married to Ronda, and is survived by three children. He was one of the first players Kampe ever recruited.

He sits at 21st for career scoring at Oakland, and spent his post-basketball career as a teacher, coach and school administrator.

“As the news spread, e-mails were pouring in filled with great stories, which is a reminder of what the college experience should be,” Kampe said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Henderson family.”

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