Tag:John Henson
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: November 15, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Henson's Carrier Classic uni auctioned on eBay?



By
Jeff Borzello

The Carrier Classic was everything that is right about today’s world. There was no talk of suspensions, extra benefits, or academic ineligibility; or the economy, foreign wars and social unrest.

After such a beautiful event, it seems to have taken a turn for the worse.

After the game, North Carolina center John Henson gave his game-worn jersey to a veteran aboard the ship.

Now, an unnamed person is trying to sell that uniform.

“Whoever is selling my jersey I gave to a wounded veteran from the ship is not cool at all… smh…” Henson tweeted earlier today.

It turns out someone took to eBay and is auctioning off the Henson jersey for more than $1500. Once Henson mentioned it in a tweet, though, the auction suddenly was taken down from the site.

Matt Norlander screen grabbed the page though, which you can see above.

It’s presumably not the veteran Henson gave the jersey to; someone must have gotten hold of the jersey along the way and tried to swing a profit off of it. If it was the veteran selling it, then it's just a poor move for sentimental value. This was a historic game and should be remembered.

If it was a middleman trying to profit off of the game, that’s disgusting.

Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Goodman Preseason Tour: Thoughts from UNC

By Jeff Goodman

Now that I've returned home and had an opportunity to catch my breathe from my Preseason Tour, I'll try and run through my thoughts from each practice I attended. I've already done so for Ohio State.

Here are my thoughts and observations from North Carolina - where I was for Midnight Madness:

1) Harrison Barnes will pick up where he left off last season and then some. The Tar Heels sophomore has that swagger back and while he isn't exploding to the basket, he's certainly more assertive. He's also far more comfortable playing with his buddy and roommate, Kendall Marshall.

Season tips Nov. 7
2) Speaking of Marshall, his perimeter shot has improved. That, along with his quickness, were the areas of focus this past offseason. However, Marshall's most important attributes will continue to be making his teammates' lives easier and also leading this team vocally. I wouldn't be surprised if he leads the nation in assists and also averages double-figures this season in scoring.

3) It'll be interesting to see which one of Reggie Bullock or P.J. Hairston emerge. Both are terrific perimeter shooters - arguably among the Top 50 in the nation - but Bullock has the edge - when healthy - because he's further along defensively.

4) James Michael McAdoo may come along slowly since he has been on the mend due to tendinitis for a month or so. The positive is that, barring an injury to one of the frontline guys, McAdoo will be a piece this season. A damn good piece. Then he will turn into a star as a sophomore.

5) Dexter Strickland will be a huge key for this team and its national title hopes. He's a glue guy, but his perimeter shot appears to be more consistent - and his ability to run the team has improved as well. He will likely split his time between both backcourt spots, but the critical component for Strickland will come on the defensive end where he'll need to become a lock-down defender.

6) John Henson's offensive game is a work in progress. He's still raw on that end of the floor, but I still say he's as important on the defensive end as just about anyone in the country due to his length and ability to both block and alter shots.

7) Tyler Zeller is vastly underrated and is also the biggest beneficiary (Barnes is a close second) of Marshall and his floor game. Zeller, one of the best big man "runners" in the country, should be the recipient of a couple fastbreak baskets per game from the pure point guard.

8) Leslie McDonald said he hasn't ruled out playing this season, but it appears far-fetched. He tore his ACL this past summer in a Pro-Am game and said there's a chance he could be back on the court shortly after the New Year. My guess is he winds up redshirting.

9) Spent some time with ex-Tar Heels Tyler Hansbrough and Bobby Frasor. Psycho T is completely healthy after a brutal offseason a year ago in which he wasn't cleared to do anything - and Frasor is trying to break into college coaching.

10) Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes need ping pong lessons.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:51 pm
 

North Carolina trio made right decision - for now

By Jeff Goodman

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller were on the court, acting, well, like college kids.

They were performing the annual dances that have become a staple at North Carolina's Midnight Madness.

However, they could as well have been in the stands, sitting next to Vince Carter and Raymond Felton, waiting for the NBA lockout to end.

Barnes, Henson and Zeller all considered leaving Chapel Hill early for the NBA.

But the moment all three opted to return, the Tar Heels became the frontrunners to cut down the nets in New Orleans this April.

"They did make the right decision - for that reason," Felton said following the festivities. "And for the opportunity to do something special."

This group has a different outlook than some that have been tabbed as the unanimous (find me one idiot who doesn't have UNC at No. 1 in the preseason) top team in the country.

Remember, upperclassmen Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Dexter Strickland had endured a year and a half of getting crucified.

Two years ago, the Tar Heels were 20-17.

NIT.

A year ago, they were hammered again - even after the addition of a freshman class which featured Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall.

Until Marshall entered the starting lineup in mid-January.

Then it all changed.

The pieces began to click - and everyone fell in love with the Tar Heels.

No. 1 to start the season, no shortage of accolades.

While the NBA players can only sit and wait.

However, Zeller isn't quite ready to anoint his decision as a success.

Not just yet.

"We'll see at the end of the year whether it was good or bad," he said of the decision to return to Chapel Hill for another go-around.

Zeller is hoping that'll be determined on April 2 in New Orleans.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:51 am
 

Psycho T's thoughts on his UNC Tar Heels

By Jeff Goodman

Tyler Hansbrough, in preparation for the NBA lockout, has spent the entire offseason in Chapel Hill.

Unlike a year ago, the Indiana Pacers forward is healthy.

"Last year and this year are totally different," said Hansbrough, who wasn't able to do anything a year ago prior to the season. "Last year I sat out pretty much the whole year."

Hansbrough, who is living with Bobby Fraser in Chapel Hill, has been able to get an inside look at this year's North Carolina Tar Heels group - which has been tabbed by many as the preseason No. 1 team in America.

Here are a few thoughts:

- The player who has impressed him the most? Freshman P.J. Hairston. "I'm really high on him. He's way more athletic than I thought. He can really shoot it and he's exactly what we need. If he can play defense ... I'm a little worried about his defense."

- On Harrison Barnes: "When he first came in last year, he forced some shots and you could tell that he felt as if he had to do things himself. Now he's more relaxed, he's smooth instead of forcing things to go his way. He's letting the game come to him. ... He's just not one of those guys who is going to blow you away, though, and take over a game. He's just smooth in how he does it."

- On Kendall Marshall: "He's not the most athletic guy, but he's really good at what he does - passing the ball and getting the ball to people in the right spots to score. He's just very smart about the game and can really find people ... and he never seems to get rattled."

- On who are the leaders of this team: "I'd say Kendall. He's a vocal guy and tells his teammates what they need to do. I think (Tyler) Zeller leads by example, kind of like I did when I was there, but he isn't as vocal."

- on John Henson: "He can really rebound and block shots. He's still improving his offensive game - and it's still a little raw. He's definitely put time in the weight room, but John's never going to be a physical guy. That's just not his game."

- On freshman James McAdoo: "I really like him, I think he's got a chance to be really good. I want to see him develop a few moves. He needs to get a feel for the system. I don't think he's ever played in an up-and-down pace like what Coach Williams runs. I think he'll be a big-time player, but it may take until the middle of the season for him to break out."

- Hansbrough said that former teammate Bobby Frasor, who played overseas last season, is leaning towards trying to getting into coaching.

Photo: AP
Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Posted by Chip Patterson

CHARLOTTE -- We've got more controversy in regard to officiating. It was a dogfight, all the way down to the very end. North Carolina and Washington had the feel of an Elite Eight game, not a second-round pod matchup. Roy Williams' teams are often well-known for their offense, but on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte it was their defense that advanced the Tar Heels to the Sweet 16. North Carolina withstood a barrage of attempts by the Huskies to reclaim the lead that they lost in the final minutes of the second half. But possession after possession, the Tar Heels came up with either a turnover or defensive rebound to seal the victory.

After showing no fear the entire game, the Huskies looked overwhelmed in the final minute. With an 84-80 lead and the ball, Barnes worked the shot clock down before driving the lane and falling short on an attempt to ice the game. Terrence Ross got the rebound and quickly pushed the ball to Thomas. Thomas found Scott Suggs for three to bring the Huskies within one and take all of the air out of the arena.

Things only continued to surge as Kendall Marshall missed the front end of a one-and-one. Possessing the ball down one with 15 seconds left, things got strange.

Instead of putting the ball in the hands of Isaiah Thomas, the Huskies' giant-killer, Venoy Overton drove the lane and fell short on a layup. But the ball was knocked out of bounds on the Tar Heels, so Washington was still alive.

John Henson stands at a long 6-10. But guarding the inbounds pass with seven seconds left, he appeared 15 feet tall. Henson tipped the inbounds pass up in the air and Dexter Strickland recovered. After making both free throws, the Huskies had one last chance with five seconds left.

Once again, instead of getting the ball to Thomas, Overton took charge. He let a runner fly from around 35 feet to try and send the game into overtime. The attempt fell way short, but Henson (who had just supposedly saved the day) touched the ball before it went out of bounds. With .5 seconds, they finally put the ball back in Thomas' hands for three on the baseline, only Thomas had a foot inside the line. His attempt fell short, and speculation about whether Henson goaltended Thomas' shot bubbled up. Didn't matter though: the shot was a two-pointer.

Keep it here at CBSSports.com for more reaction from Charlotte, where the story has become more about another wild, controversial ending than the team that got the victory.

Photo: US Presswire

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