2011 NBA Mock Draft: Why Michael Jordan Will Draft UNC Big Man John Henson
The 2011 NBA Draft is about various storylines. One of those will take place in North Carolina, when Charlotte Bobcats owner will look long and hard at Tar Heels center John Henson.
Henson has very good height and a great wingspan, but he needs to bulk up in order to play in the paint at the next level. He is a prolific shot blocker and averaged a double-double for the ACC champions this past season.
But he gets pushed around inside big bigger bodies who can score. Look at what Josh Harrelson did to him for Kentucky in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. And Harrelson is by no means a dominant player. Just think what someone like Zach Randolph would do against Henson in the NBA. He is simply too lean right now.
Chad Ford of ESPN seems to agree with me when it comes to some of Henson's downfalls, but makes sure to point out some positive attributes at the same time.
"It's hard not to love what he can do on the defensive end," says Ford. "The question for so many NBA scouts is, where is he going to get his offense from? He doesn't have a great perimeter game yet and shies away from contact inside. Henson could've had a number of big dunks against Michigan but instead fell away from the basket with a defender coming at him. That problem will be amplified in the NBA against bigger and stronger competitors. As talented as he is, most NBA teams think he should spend at least one more year in college to work on his body or his perimeter game."
Henson also had to be pulled toward the end of the game because he is a below average free throw shooter. That is something else he will need to improve to consistently remain on the floor at the next level.
The UNC big man would really be better served staying in school for one or two more seasons before joining the NBA, but if he does in fact declare early, it will be very hard for Jordan and the Bobcats to pass him up in the first round. He has the defensive shot blocking skills that you cannot teach.
For more on the draft and some possible first round selections, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Cavaliers Featured Columnist Jesse Dorsey, who previews the NBA Draft 2011: Has Jimmer Fredette Worked His Way Into the Top 10?
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