Caulton Tudor • staff columist
The go/no go decision on North Carolina’s John Henson will be a double game-time decision, Roy Williams said Thursday.
If the ACC defender of the year can play against Vermont, that’s one issue.
“And then it will be a second decision _ how effective is he in the first part of the game?” Williams said before the Tar Heels’ NCAA Midwest Regional practice session in Greensboro Coliseum.
“There will be a second evaluation as to how he plays in the game, if I do play him.
“There are two scenarios. Say you don’t play him. All right. What are you waiting for? If you get beat, you go home and work on your golf game.
“Now if you play him and he gets his wrist whacked again … that’s going to hurt you down the road. To me, it’s not an easy decision.”
A 6-foot-11 junior, Henson injured his left wrist early in last week’s ACC Tournament at Atlanta against Maryland in the quarterfinals.
Williams held the player out of a win over N.C. State on Saturday and a loss to Florida State in Sunday’s championship game.
Henson participated in Thursday’s morning practice in Chapel Hill but did not take a left-handed shot or attempt any sort of defensive block.
In Greensboro for the mid-afternoon public workout, Henson was aggressive on a couple of jams in what amounted to an unofficial dunking contest near the end of practice.
Based on the way Henson looked in the short public workout, there’s every reason to think he’ll play at least some against No. 16 regional seed Vermont (24-11) at about 4 p.m. Friday.
ACC player of the year, Tar Heel center Tyler Zeller, said the improvement of freshman forward James Michael McAdoo will be a plus during any time Henson will miss.
“It’s been great working with James this week and sort of helping teach him,” Zeller said. “He’s gets better by the day.”
The Heels (29-5) are favored by 17 but Vermont’s 71-59 play-in win over Lamar impressed Zeller and teammate Kendall Marshall.
“They didn’t make any mistakes to speak of,” Marshall said. “I was really impressed that they got through a game like with only five turnovers. That tells me they are disciplined offensively.”