Years in NBL: 10
SalsNBL Championships: 7
Last team: Wellington Saints
The name Leon Henry is well known throughout the New Zealand basketball scene. The 7-time Sal’s NBL champion is fresh off his latest title escapade with the 2021 Wellington Saints where he averaged 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game whilst shooting 42% from 3.
Henry knows what winning teams look like and his commitment is a vote of confidence towards the direction the EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls are taking as a franchise. 2022 will be the chance to represent his hometown and play for the team that he was slated to lead in 2020.
Henry was the first ever signing for the EnviroNZ Bulls in 2020, and as GM, Scott Kelso puts it, “a huge day in club history”.
Leon attended Mt Albert Grammar School & Avondale College in Auckland before plying his trade in American college basketball for the College of Southern Idaho.
Along with his 7 championships and 10 Sal’s NBL grand final appearances, Henry has won three Australian NBL championships with the New Zealand Breakers in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. He was also the 2015 Australian NBL slam dunk champion. Henry was the 2013 Sal’s NBL final four MVP and has an All-Star 5 to his name as well. Henry is a name in the record books of the Sal’s NBL for other reasons as well, including: most 3 pointers in the history of the NBL 11 in a game, and most rebounds in a game in Saints history 21 rebounds.
Leon very proudly represents Mangere and South Auckland with a rich history of Polynesian success. Leon himself has Samoan, Niuean, Cook Island heritage from the villages of Nofoali’i, Tamakautoga & Aituaki respectively. His uncle was one of the founders of the Polyensian Panthers; another uncle was the first Polyensian basketball player in the Sal’s NBL; another uncle currently sits at the table for the Samoan Government; and his great grandfather was the first prime minister of the Cook Islands.