Henson Selected No. 14 by Milwaukee


Posted Jun 28, 2012


North Carolina forward John Henson became the third Tar Heel selected on Thursday when the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him with the No. 14 overall pick.

“At the end of the season, we had a very difficult time protecting the basket," Bucks general manager John Hammond said following the pick. "And I think right now, there’s no reason for us not to have a quality shot-blocker on the floor at all times...

“That’s what [Henson's] all about right now, he can defend today and he’s going to be able to rebound today. He’s got some work to do offensively, but we watched him play, and you can see signs of his ability.”

The Tampa, Fla. native was tabbed the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, while also earning first-team All-ACC honors as a junior after averaging 13.7 points and 9.9 rebounds.

Henson’s 279 career blocks rank second in school history to Brendan Haywood (304) and his 2.56 blocked shots per game average is highest all-time at UNC. He also ranks 11th on UNC’s career rebounding list with 885.

Henson is the 100th Tar Heel to be selected in the NBA Draft and represents the school’s 10th lottery pick since 2005.

"It's a dream come true," Henson said. "Now I'm here and it's time for a bigger journey, and hopefully I will be prepared. ... I'm excited to go there and work hard and try to contribute and help them win."


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