'Underrated' LaDontae Henton hopes to land with Pistons

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — LaDontae Henton loved Isiah Thomas and the Bad Boys Pistons. He was also a big fan of the 2004 championship team and guard Chauncey Billups.

"The Palace was the place to be back in those days," Henton said.

He hopes to make his mark with the Pistons. Henton worked out with the Pistons on Saturday and hopes the team either drafts him or signs him as a free agent.

Henton left his hometown Lansing, where he played at Eastern High School, to play at Providence as a 6-6 small forward who might have to transition to shooting guard in the NBA.

He averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds at Providence his senior season and carries a chip on his shoulder. He believes he has been overlooked and undervalued his entire life even though he was runner-up for Mr. Basketball his senior season.

"I have been underrated my entire life," Henton said. "I showed I can play at a high level in high school and in college and I will show the same thing at this level. I will show that I am an everyday guy. That is what a guy at this level has to do. You bring it and be tough every day."

Henton enjoyed his workout with the Pistons and hopes he made an impression.

"This is one of the teams I made a point of emphasis of working out for and having a great workout with." he said.