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John Henson
Ht/Wt: 6-10 / 200 lbs
Position: PF
Team: North Carolina
Class: Junior

2012 Draft Profile - John Hensen

John Henson has come along way since being a baby faced freshman recruit. When he came to UNC he was about 6f10 190lbs with a tremendous wingspan and the mobility of a wing player. Henson has put in a lot of work around the basket, teaming with Zoeller has been good for him as they look to anchor one of the top front courts in the nation. If you combine his enormous wingspan, with his nimble feet and left handedness you have a natural shot blocker who for the 2nd season in a row has come out averaging more than 3 blocks per game and that does not even account for all the shots that he forces adjustments to, and the fact that he consistently stays out of foul trouble you have a defensive juggernaut of a prospect. At 220 lbs scouts would still like him to add another 10-20 and he should be a formidable PF in the NBA. He has the ability to be a good rebounder on both ends and in traffic and has the range to defend on the outside as well. Offensively, to go with exceptionally length and nimble feet Henson has good touch down low and can put the ball on the floor to go to the hoop. What I like about what he is doing is that he has the skills to do more but chooses to be smart, not force things and cause turnovers but rather focus on areas his team needs him and differ to teammates. John can put the ball on the floor, he can shoot ok from mid range in, a good finisher on the break as a trailer. John has a unique skill set with his length and coordination but also does the blue collar and hustle work to help his team. He has been a big part of his teamís success and has a chance to have a legendary career at UNC if he continues to be a top performer in the ACC and helps lead UNC to more success. Also, he has good conditioning for a big.

John Henson is a very fluid athlete, but he is not explosive. He does not profile as a guy that can score down low at will or take, he hasnít been a great cutter because he is so bad at the FT line that they just foul him and he doesnít show the explosion to finish through contact. A consistent baseline j would go a long way in his arsenal. He needs to continue to add some weight and play tough on the blocks.

I really like Henson is a key starter for a team and role player. He can be a dynamic shot blocker, solid rebounder whou will get offense around the cup on tip ins and trailing the break. He has potential to add even more offense. He is an unselfish, blue collar player who is athletic enough to play up tempo and make plays. I think he is a cross between Darko Milicic and Taj Gibson.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson

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2011 Draft Profile - John Hensen

Very long and lanky like with tremendous octopus arms that seems to stretch out for days. I am very high on Henson because he shows so much promise. With more added weight and seasoning he can impact games on the next level with his versatility to defend multiple positions and also play them. I project that he will end up being a small forward at some point because of his ability to put the ball on the floor and an improved jumper.

At this stage at North Carolina he relies on put backs and scoring buckets in transition but does a great job of out running most bigs up the court for easy buckets. Henson should simply remain patient and not let the lures of NBA dollars convince him of leaving after sophomore season as his body is just too skinny to withstand the physical contact. However his upside, potential and intangibles are too much to ignore.
Player profile submitted by: Monta Williams of Blueprintscouting.com

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