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Dad says UNC's Henson will announce decision this week

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UNC sophomore forward John Henson (above) will likely announce his official decision about whether to return to Chapel Hill or go pro by Friday or Saturday, his dad, Matt, said this morning.

Matt Henson said his son planned to meet with coach Roy Williams – who has been gathering information from NBA contacts about the draft prospects of Henson, Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller -- later today or tomorrow. Matt Henson said there are several factors involved in the decision – including how much John can improve with another year of experience, and the fact that he doesn’t financially need to go to the NBA right now.

What Zeller and Barnes decide to do won’t be the determining factor, Henson said. Williams said Tuesday all three starters will make their choices by next week.

“The main thing it’s tied to is, are you ready? Are you really ready?” Matt Henson said. “Because if that answer is no, the choice doesn’t depend on what anybody else does. Will coming back put you in a better position? And obviously, all those guys want to win a championship, and they’re close, and would like to do it together. [What the other two do] could be factor, but not a driving or determining factor.”

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Robbi Pickeral has covered ACC sports for The News & Observer since 2003. She can be reached at