North Carolina Basketball 2009 Player Profile: John Henson

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North Carolina Basketball 2009 Player Profile: John Henson
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John Henson has been rated the No. 3 high school senior on the ESPNU Top 100, and is a McDonald’s All-American.

Of all the in-coming freshmen coming to Chapel Hill next season, Henson probably fits Roy Williams' style the most. Henson is 6’10” 200 lbs, but will likely play small forward the majority of minutes.

He can crash the boards on the defensive glass then go coast to coast with the ball finishing the play.

Henson was born in Greensboro NC, on Dec. 28, 1990. Henson moved around most of his life and was reported to have lived in North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Texas.

Henson has family that lives near the Chapel Hill area, which may have been a factor in his decision to be a Tar Heel.

His father Matt Henson has said that his son has always liked North Carolina, and says that when John was 8-years-old, he told his father: “someday I am going to play for North Carolina.”

Henson’s short list of schools included UNC, Texas, and UCLA. He also received scholarship offers from Memphis, Texas A&M, Baylor, Southern Cal, Arizona, as well as others.

Round Rock H.S. basketball coach Curtis Knight said: “Henson has always been interested in the Tar Heels. And Coach Williams had a big impact on him in the way he came across with his concern and interest. Plus, John really likes their up-tempo style of play, since he loves to run the court.”

It is reported that Henson’s doctors believe that his growth spurt isn’t over yet, and that he could reach seven feet tall before he is done.

Henson has a 7’4” wing-span. Although he is 6’10”, Henson will likely need to put on some weight to compete on the blocks at the college level.

UNC has a reputation for working out kids in the weight room and maximizing their strength.

Another part of Henson’s game that makes him almost impossible to defend is his ability to shoot accurately with his left hand, as well as his right.

He has been known to step out of the high school 3-point line and drain jumpers regularly, but prefers to drive hard to the basket and finish around the rim.

Henson averaged 17.6 PPG, 2.4 assists, 6.1 blocks, and 12.2 rebounds/game his senior year in high school.  

Wi th the return of Thompson, Davis, and Zeller, Henson adds to an already impressive front court for the Tar Heels. And wi th the rest of the freshmen coming in, UNC should be a contender for the ACC again in 09-10.

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