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  • College Hoops: Making The Adjustment

  • Henshaw adjusting to new life, new role at Lewis University
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  • Of all the adjustments Capel Henshaw had to make, dressing for northern Illinois temperatures, takes the cake.
    Since moving to Romeovillle, 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, Henshaw has withstood the culture shock and says he's settling in quite nicely at Lewis University.
    "There's obviously an adjustment period," Henshaw said Monday. "The climate is a lot different, it's a different culture and a different style of living. There's definitely more traffic here than Harrisburg."
    For the most part, Henshaw is getting around okay.
    Even more so, the former Harrisburg High School star who helped lead Harrisburg to a Class 2A title this past March, is basking in the glow of being a one-sport athlete.
    "That's definitely the biggest change," Henshaw admitted.
    A year ago, Henshaw and the Bulldogs made the Class 4A semifinals in football, before losing to eventual state champion Rochester.
    That was a Saturday. On Sunday, Henshaw was in the gym getting ready for basketball.
    "Not having to prepare for different sports and get your body ready for those sports is a little different and in some ways I miss it and other ways I don't." Henshaw said. "I'm playing basketball every day and the one thing I am learning is that the college game is a lot more physical."
    It's also faster and Henshaw added everything he has to do now is 1 step quicker.
    "It took some time and adjusting too," Henshaw said. "I would say the first few weeks of practice I really found out quickly what my strengths and weaknesses were."
    Henshaw and the Flyers kicked off the season October 29 in a five-point loss to DePaul, who plays in the Big East Conference, but did follow it up with the newest member of the Missouri Valley Conference, knocking off Loyola University 82-70 Saturday.
    Both games were exhibition for the Flyers, but for Henshaw they proved to be a whole lot more.
    In both games, Henshaw saw nine minutes of action. He had a rebound, a foul and two steals giants the Blue Demons, while scoring the first points of his athletic career in the win over Loyola.
    Henshaw was 2-of-2 from the field, including 1-of-1 from beyond the arc for five points.
    Scoring those first few points where a big weight lifted off Henshaw's shoulders.
    "Coach (Scott) Trost has told me one of my roles coming in off the bench is to knock down the open shot, so being able to come in and actually do it was a big relief. I was more nervous for the DePaul game, but I was able to work those nerves out for Loyola and I was able to play without working about the little things."
    The bigger picture for Henshaw is his education where he's majoring in athletic training.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I'm getting a great education and meeting new people, developing some new friendships. I'm a part of a great team and playing for some good coaches."
    Henshaw and Lewis have one more exhibition game, Wednesday, when they Flyers travel to Evanston to take on Big Ten opponent Northwestern.
    The regular season begins on Nov. 11 against Olivet Nazarene in Romeoville.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.
    Twitter: @spydieshooter
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