Tag:John Henson
Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

Tyler Zeller and John Henson have decided to pass on early entry into the NBA Draft and return to North Carolina next season, coach Roy Williams announced Wednesday.

"John and Tyler certainly considered their options, but in the end it came down to how much they enjoyed not only college basketball, but being part of the collegiate experience both on and off the court," Williams said. "I spoke to about 10 NBA teams on their behalf and gave them that information, but their individual decisions are less about the NBA and more about what they wanted to do right now and the experiences they are enjoying."

Williams said Harrison Barnes is still weighing his options.

The freshman wing is a projected top five pick.

"Harrison is not as far along in his decision-making process as were Tyler and John," Williams said. "I am still gathering information on him from NBA teams and hope to provide him with all of that information by the end of next week."

Zeller averaged 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds last season while Henson averaged 11.7 points and 10.1 rebounds.

They helped North Carolina win the ACC and make the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:32 am
 

Henson: Even professors are making jokes at UNC

As you know from my Tyler Zeller column, I spent last weekend in North Carolina. Among the things I did there was sit down with UNC sophomore John Henson, who was great and candid while talking about last season's struggles. I'll write about that later. But for now I wanted to share his thoughts on the NCAA investigation that seems certain to devastate the North Carolina football program because of allegations of improper dealings with agents and possible academic fraud by a too-helpful tutor. Henson was great and candid about that, too.

"It's been rough, a lot of jokes," Henson said. "I kind of got upset at one teacher [last week], actually, because she was talking about how they put seven million dollars into the football stadium and none into the school, and I told her that they were building an academic center, and she said, 'For tutoring?'"

"She tried to get on [the football team]," Henson added. "So it's been kind of rough. Even professors are making jokes. So it's kind of rough because [everybody is] under the microscope."
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:07 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2008 1:10 pm
 

Dear Gary (on recruits and pizza toppings)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I just want to know where those five uncommitted guys (mentioned in Tuesday's Dear Gary) are favoring going. Can we get each's top five list in descending order? And the top five pizza toppings (also mentioned yesterday) is always fun.

-- UNCPhoenix

I'm not a big fan of top five school lists because there are almost never five schools really competing for a prospect at this point in the recruitment, regardless of what a prospect insists. Most of it is just posturing and there are usually only two or three schools still seriously involved and with a reasonable chance to secure a commitment. So rather than supply a list that you can get anywhere I'll give you my best guess on where those five players will land, and we'll look back on this someday and see how I did, whether I'm really as smart as I think I am or really as dumb as some of you think I am.

Without further ado, here you go ...

1. John Wall
My guess: Baylor
My reason: Package deals usually go as planned.

2. Derrick Favors
My guess: Georgia Tech
My reason: He wants to stay in the state, and Georgia Tech is the best in-state program.

3. Xavier Henry
My guess: Memphis
My reason: Most figured this would be done last month, and it would've been if not for Kansas doing a great job dragging it out. Either way, the thought here is that John Calipari will ultimately succeed (despite what happened last time Memphis let the Jayhawks hang around too long).

4. Kenny Boynton
My guess: Florida
My reason: Boynton is very familiar with the Florida program and was even on campus last week. Duke, Texas, Georgia Tech and Memphis remain in the picture. But my money is on the in-state school to land the in-state star.

5. John Henson
My guess: North Carolina
My reason: He committed months ago.

Anyway, now let's move on to the important stuff: Pizza toppings!

Here's a useless fact about yours truly: I delivered pizzas all through college, first for Pizza Hut and then for Papa John's. I was pretty amazing at it, could get a pie somewhere in 30-minutes-or-less in my sleep. In the process, I ate pretty much every kind of pizza you can imagine, even a pizza with anchovies on it. Honestly, they weren't bad. But they weren't good either and there's no way in hell they're making GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza.

As promised, here's the list ...

-- GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza --

1. Cheese

Don't ever forget the obvious. Cheese is crucial to a good pie.

2. Barbeque

I know this is unconventional, but the stuff is really good. Just trust me. Try it.

3. Onions

Onions are awesome.

4. Jalapenos

Great to eat, terrible to put on your eyeball. So try to avoid that. I put a jalapeno on my eyeball once. It burned just as you might imagine.

5. Garlic Sauce

Have you tried this stuff? You can get it pretty much anywhere now, and it really is heaven. I have to order extra garlic sauces every time because I'll just pour that stuff all over the place. I'm considering using it to replace milk in my morning cereal, it's so good. So next time you order, make sure to order garlic sauce. And, of course, don't forget to tip your drivers well. They're working hard, you know.

Posted on: August 12, 2008 8:21 am
 

Dear Gary (on the need for lists)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I know it's the slow period for college basketball, and I really do enjoy (most) of your articles. But could you do something on another player besides John Wall? Yeah, he's the No. 1 unsigned prospect. Yeah, he's been involved in some alleged shady dealings. But come on. Can you do a top 10 list?  Or a top 5 list?  I'm very pro-list.  I think most other readers would be too. Keep on keepin' on.

-- Gregg

Jeez.

I've written exactly one column about Wall in my entire life-- plus posted about him in the blog here and there -- and now I'm getting ridiculed, and the request is for lists. Tough crowd, I guess, particularly when you consider Wall is not only the "No. 1 unsigned prospect" but the best high school prospect in the country and, like you said, in the middle of "some alleged shady dealings" -- some of which were uncovered by CBSSports.com last week.

He's kind of a big deal, you know?

(Especially in August when everything else is pretty quiet.)

But fine. You want a list? I'll give you a list because, long as we're being honest, I like lists too ... mostly because their simple (to put together) and quick. So how about a list of, say, the top five prospects in the Class of 2009?

We'll call it GP's Top 5 in 2009 (because I can't think of a better name right now).

(You'll never guess who is No. 1.)

1. John Wall (uncommitted)
2. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)
3. Xavier Henry (uncommitted)
4. Kenny Boynton (uncommitted)
5. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

Feel free to discuss.

And if you want another list in Wednesday's Dear Gary, just let me know.

I'm leaning towards GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza, but I'll do whatever.

 
 
 
 
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