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Steve Henson

 
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Fast paced. Exciting. Hard-nosed. Tough. Fun.

Those are just a few of the adjectives used to describe UTSA men’s basketball head coach Steve Henson’s style of play.

Henson, in his fifth year in 2020-21, was named the sixth head men’s basketball coach in UTSA history on April 1, 2016. In his four seasons, Henson – the 2017-18 C-USA Coach of the Year – has implemented an exciting, winning brand of basketball that has produced the program’s best seasons since joining Conference USA.

Last year, Henson's club continued to progress under his tutelage, including the play of junior guards Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace. A pair of elite scoring threats, Henson's system is tailor made for the dynamic duo, allowing the freedom for the guards to loft 3-pointers and sprint up and down the floor. Jackson finished the year ranked second in the NCAA with 27.2 points per game, lighting up scoreboards throughout the nation en route to All-Conference USA honors.

In Henson’s third season at the helm, he helped direct the Roadrunners to a bevy of accomplishments. UTSA finished 17-15 and 11-7 in C-USA play, earning a tie for second in the league standings and a No. 4 seed in the league championships. It marked the highest tournament seed for the Roadrunners since 2005.

The 2018-19 successes were buoyed by a pair of dynamic scoring sophomores, Jackson and Wallace. The pair led the nation in scoring among backcourts, with Jackson winning the league scoring title with 22.9 points per game, and Wallace adding 20.2. Jackson earned first-team All-District honors from the NABC and the USBWA and first-team all-conference honors by the league coaches and media. Wallace was tabbed first-team All-District by the NABC and second-team by the league coaches. The pair put on a show throughout the season, with Jackson totaled 23 games of at least 20 points over his 24 starts, while recovering from a season-ending injury as a freshman and returning on a minutes-restriction for his first five games. Jackson uped his averages from a year ago in each category, including scoring (18.4 ppg to 22.9), rebounds per game (3.2 to 4.1), free-throw percentage (76.8 to 84.6), assists per game (1.8 to 2.4) and steals per game (1.0 to 1.2). Wallace shined throughout, moving from 11.4 points per game as a freshman to 20.2 in his encore season.