Four of Tim Henry's older siblings -- three sisters and one brother -- earned state MVP honors for excelling on the basketball court during their high school careers. Another sister was a region MVP and his oldest brother was an all-state football player.
Think Henry knows a little something about trying to live up to high expectations?Well, consider the expectations met -- and exceeded.
As has become family tradition for the Henrys, the Mountain View senior has been named the 5A MVP for leading the Bruins to another state championship. And to up that one, he has also been selected as the recipient of Utah's Mr. Basketball award for the 1998-99 season.
"Tim is certainly worthy of it," said Mountain View coach Rob Cuff.
The explosive Bruin senior indeed proved worthy of receiving Utah's most prestigious individual basketball award, which annually goes to the best high school hoops player.
Henry is the first player from Class 5A to join the exclusive Mr. Basketball club since Viewmont's Alex Jensen in 1994. He's also the first Utah County hoopster to earn the award since Timpview's Matt Bowman did it in 1988.
Henry exuded confidence as the go-to guy on a team of go-to guys. He averaged 20.8 points and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the foul line.
Fans usually got their money's worth watching him, too. The explosive 6-4 small forward wowed crowds with pizzazz and his exciting flashy style as a slasher and as an outside shooter.
"His penetrating skills and first-step drive were as good as anybody's," Cuff said, adding with a chuckle. "He just wishes I would've let him dunk more."
Henry still got in his fair share of soaring two-handed slams and alley-oop plays, including a rim-shaking jam in the final minute of the 5A title game.
He made his mark by being an outstanding offensive threat, but Henry developed into a complete-package player with a team-first attitude during his splendid three-year career. He played a major role in the Bruins winning back-to-back 5A titles, a consolation championship and 10 playoff games in a row.
"There's no question Tim's a scorer, and that's what he'd rather do than anything," Cuff said. "But we didn't have five balls to go around, and Tim rose to the occasion for the team.
"I know some people think Tim is all offense, but his improvement on defense is what helped us more than anything."
Aside from his scoring, Henry piled up some pretty sweet stats as a senior. He averaged just under seven rebounds, three assists and 2.3 steals a game, and his assist total jumped to five per contest during the state tournament.
"He became an all-around player in his three years," Cuff said. "But more than just being a great player, he was a good leader."
Still, Cuff claims some people got the wrong impression about Henry. He is disturbed that a few coaches and players assume Henry has an "It's all about me" attitude because he had fun jawing with opponents and fans occasionally.
Cuff jokingly admitted Henry's "Gangsta Hoopa" nickname -- given to him because he likes rap music and he's a big-time hoopa -- didn't help out his PR much in that respect.
But Henry went the extra mile to deliver class after the Bruins beat up Bingham in the 5A finals. Before joining his teammates and the Mountain View student body in the celebration bash on the Dee Events Center floor, Henry took the time to go over to the Bingham bench and shake hands with all of the dejected Miners.
That's the Henry that Cuff knows.
"Tim sometimes comes across as cocky or arrogant," Cuff said. "But Tim has a good heart and he really cares about people."
Henry definitely has a collegiate basketball career ahead of him, but where is still up in the air. Cuff said BYU is interested in him going there after his LDS mission, but he won't turn 19 until August 2000, so he's still trying to iron out the details. Henry may even opt to play a year of junior college ball then go on a mission. His brother, Scott, the 1998 Deseret News 5A MVP, played at UVSC this past season.
Cuff just knows he's going to miss him.
"Tim's been such a tremendous part of our success. It's going to be hard to replace him," Cuff said. "Fortunately, he has a brother who's a sophomore."
And two talented younger sisters. But for now, at least, Henry family bragging rights belong to Mr. Basketball.