Female Athlete of the Month

Jet Sports Training Female Athlete of the Month: Salpointe basketball player Taliyah Henderson

Taliyah Henderson was the youngest member of Team Canada at 17 years old when it played in the AmeriCup at Colombia in June (Team Canada photo)

Salpointe Class of 2025 standout Taliyah Henderson had a whirlwind June going from playing for Jason Kidd’s AAU select team, to Canada’s tryouts in Toronto, to making the U18 national team, to traveling to Colombia and playing in the AmeriCup and then heading back home to prepare for the bulk of the AAU season in July.

Henderson’s exploits in June, making the Canadian team as the youngest at 17 and starting every game in the AmeriCup, qualifies her for the Jet Sports Training Female Athlete of the Month.

The United States defeated Canada in the gold-medal game of the AmeriCup. Henderson finished with nine points, five rebounds and a steal in the game.

In Canada’s six games in Colombia, Henderson, a 6-foot-1 forward, averaged 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Henderson, rated the No. 21 Class of 2025 prospect nationally by ESPN, was a guest recently in the All Sports Tucson Talk Podcast:

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February 2024: Sunnyside wrestler Audrey Jimenez
March 2024: CDO hurdler Karsten Lewis
April 2024: CDO softball player Amelia Streuber
May 2024: Salpointe track and field athlete Madison Martinez
June 2024: Salpointe basketball player Taliyah Henderson


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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