Following up another dominant season in the post at North Carolina, former Tar Heel John Henson made an impressive showing in Sin City this past week. With his performance in Las Vegas, Henson earned a spot on the 2012 NBA Summer League All-Star team.
Some questioned his early entry into the NBA draft, as the junior still had a few kinks he could have worked out in his final year of eligibility. But after injuring his left wrist in the ACC Tournament, it's tough to knock Henson for leaving UNC early.
Rest assured, Tar Heel Nation—and Milwaukee Bucks—John Henson's wrist is just fine now.
Barely affected by a mere 21 minutes on the floor is his last contest, Henson finished 14th in scoring, with an 18.3 points-per-game average. His average was at 19 points before his playing time was cut back.
That game did cost Henson his rebound average and free-throw percentage. Though he scored 16 points and was 8-of-9 from the floor, he was unable to get a free throw in the bucket on an 0-for-4 night from the charity stripe. Henson only managed one rebound, to boot.
Before the game, John Henson was nearly perfect from the line, converting 9-of-10 free-throw attempts. He was also averaging 8.7 rebounds over the first three contests.
Despite the sub-par performance (in comparison to the previous three), his body of work was enough to lock down his spot as a Summer League All-Star. Overall, Henson finished the summer league competition averaging 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 assists and one steal to go along with his 18.3 points per game.
On top of his usual solid play in the post, Henson also showcased that smooth stroke from the outside. He extended his range to the three-point line, shooting 2-of-3 from downtown.
Henson didn't attempt a single three during his junior year and was 5-of-24 over his career in Chapel Hill.
In his best game of the summer, Henson put up 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in his 37 minutes of action against the Celtics. He was also 9-of-18 from the floor, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
As I noted in my breakdown of John Henson, his game isn't without flaw—especially in decision making and strength. But those are kinks that the 6'11," 220-pound power forward can eventually work out.
The bottom line is this: John Henson has game—and he's ready to bring it to the NBA stage.
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