UNC using 6-10 freshman Henson at small forward
by Mike DeCourcy
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 - 1:55 p.m. ET
Many freshmen are expected to make a profound impact on the 2009-10 season, but only John Henson is likely to begin the season as a starter for the defending NCAA champions.
Henson, a 6-10 forward, is getting most of the run at small forward for North Carolina's first unit. He has the build of former Texas All-American Kevin Durant -- and lived for a time in the Austin area -- so Henson has frequently been compared to the former Longhorn. Henson doesn't shoot the ball like Durant, though, which is why his placement at small forward will be interesting.
Henson is a good enough ballhandler and passer to play on the perimeter. He has a great feel for the game. He'll be asked to defend some shorter players, but the starting small forward for rival Duke, Kyle Singler, almost can look him in the eye. So Henson might be right in his element.
"I would hate playing against John," Tar Heels point guard Larry Drew said. "He's a mismatch problem -- anytime, anywhere. He's 6-10, he's long, he's fast, he can shoot. There's not too much that John can't do.
That last quote pretty much sums it up, from the highlights ive seen , I really like his game.
Yea he's extremely talented, I think he has the ability to be the best player in the 09 class when its all said and done. Like Larry Drew said, there isn't alot he cant do. He just has to get stronger and put on weight.
He should be the talk not Davis.
He's the next Brandon Wright
I see more Next Anthony Randolph, just clone..wait to see can he be so effective.
yeah hes a pretty good player..why do you think he should be the talk not davis when he hasnt even proven what he can do in a college game yet?..davis has at least played a season and did pretty well
so TheAlchemist...its dumb for me to say who hasnt lived up to expectations so far after 3-4 games but its ok to say who a kid ,who hasnt even played one game in college, is gonna be?..wow thats pretty interesting
He shows wayyyyy more basketball skills than Brandan Wright. Wright is basically a great athlete trying to play basketball. He only has one skill that he's relatively good at and that's making jump hooks. Henson has the potential to be able to play PG-PF. Wright is a PF through and through.
are you sure about that iggy..we are basing it off what breden did in hs since henson hasnt played a game in college or the pros yet..he has more wing skills i will give you that but hes not on bredens level in the post when brendon was in hs
I stand by everything I said. It doesn't matter if you have good post ability when your not strong enough to hold position. Henson isn't going to be a back to the basket post man anyway, he's going to be the SF for UNC. Which shows that he's already more perimeter oriented than Wright ever once since Wright was strictly a low post player. Almost like comparing apples to oranges.
so hes better POTENIALLY..since he hasnt played one game as a sf in college on that i will agree ...potenially
so far henson looks like anything but a sf..potenial yea..right now no..the games looks too fast and too physical for him at this point and he looks lost out there
i aint watched one of his games, all highlights and scouting reports,
is he really 185 lbs?
yeah he is that skinny and has potential but still shows hes just not ready. and no lemons he shouldnt be the talk over davis because davis has shown he is wayyy more better at this point