Henson Attends Late Night, Practices

Henson Attends Late Night, Practices

A lot has changed for John Henson since he committed to the Tar Heels nine months ago. He transferred to Tampa (Fla.) Sickles because of a family move and vaulted into the Top 5 of the national rankings. Back in Chapel Hill for his official visit over the weekend, the 6-10 senior had a blast.

"It was kind of busy, but I had a lot of fun with the players and the recruits," Henson said. "I was moving around a lot of the time, but I had a lot of fun."

Since he committed to the Heels and Roy Williams long ago, Henson enjoyed that he could visit as a member of the team.

"That's the first time I've been back since last winter," Henson told Inside Carolina. "When you are committed, you are a part of them and they don't have to put the whole recruiting thing on you. You can relax and be yourself around everybody. The coaches can really be themselves and it makes it a lot better."

One of the highlights of Henson's weekend was Friday evening's Late Night festivities.

"I got in about 4:30 and then went to practice, ate, hung out with the guys and watched Late Night," said Henson. "That was pretty fun and pretty cool. It was my first time. I thought it was great with the skits and the dances and the entertainment. It was fun to see all of the players' lighter side."

Asked if he was prepared to get his shake on in front of 20,000 fans next October, Henson is cautiously optimistic.

"I think I'll do alright," he said of his dancing ability. "I think I've got a little bit of rhythm in me, but we'll just have to see. It kind of depends what they give us, because they really like to mess with the freshmen."

After Late Night, Henson spent more time with the team before coming back to watch practice on Saturday.

"When you watch them at practice you just get more excited," said Henson. "I was just sitting there just kind of taking it all in. Some of the little things that you see are coach's pet peeves. You watch for them and try to remember what they are for next year so you don't do the same thing and get yelled at."

Of course, Henson also spent some time envisioning where he'd fit in as a freshman. Whether that means playing in the post, or out on the wing, he doesn't really care. But, he has continued to work on his perimeter game just in case.

"My perimeter game is coming along real well," Henson said. "My jump shot is looking better every day and my ball handling and defense are looking better. I can kind of see improvement with my perimeter game."

"I think by the time I get to Chapel Hill, if playing (the wing) is what I need to do, I'll be able to play that. Plus, I'll have three or four months to get acclimated. I'm not going to be one of those full time perimeter players and it's going to be a process. But, I think I can handle it."

After being hosted by freshman Ed Davis and the rest of the Heels, Henson says that the visit couldn't have gone any better. But now that he's back home, it's time to get down to business. Practice starts next week and Henson wants to finish his high school career with a strong senior season.

"I'm really excited for that. I'm ready for the season to get along," Henson said. "For the first time I can kind of say we have a state championship caliber team. Whether we fulfill that is up to us. I want to get that ring. Of course you have personal accolades that you hope for, but I really want that ring and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

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