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Milwaukee Bucks select John Henson with pick No. 14 in NBA draft: A q-and-a

Former North Carolina forward John Henson (right) was the third North Carolina player selected in the NBA draft on Thursday night. Henson went at No. 14 to Milwaukee while Tyler Zeller (left) was selected three picks later. PHOTO: Robert Willett

NEWARK, N.J. — If he was still available by pick No. 14 in the NBA draft, John Henson said he knew the Milwaukee Bucks would select him there. Henson was right.

The Bucks took Henson, the former North Carolina forward, with the 14th pick in the draft. Henson became the third Tar Heels player to be selected on Thursday night, behind Harrison Barnes (No. 7 to Golden State) and Kendall Marshall (No. 13 to Phoenix).

Here’s what Henson had to say after being drafted: 

One on one with UNC draft prospects before the draft

Tyler Zeller (left) and John Henson (right) will join Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall in the first round of the NBA draft tonight. The only questino is where the Tar Heels foursome will be selected. PHOTO: Robert Willett

NEWARK, N.J. — Welcome to the NBA draft. It’ll start in just about an hour or so. Then, of course, we’ll learn where North Carolina prospects Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller will be selected.

Will the foursome replicate – or even beat – the Tar Heels’ 2005 draft class? Four UNC players that year – Raymond Felton, Sean May, Rashad McCants and Marvin Williams – were selected among the top 14 picks. There’s a chance that the current group of Tar Heels matches that feat. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the story I wrote that ran today about how UNC’s players are embracing their new beginning. Without the enormous expectations that surrounded them throughout last season at UNC, the three players here – Barnes, Henson and Zeller – seem more relaxed. The pressure is off.

And after you’re checking that out, here’s some bonus material: Barnes, Henson and Zeller on a variety of topics as they embark on the start of their professional careers …

UNC players in the NBA draft: a scout breaks down Tar Heels quartet

 

Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller (not pictured) are all expected to be first-round picks in the NBA draft. But where? PHOTO: Robert Willett

NEW YORK — Welcome to New York. I’m coming at you live from the Westin in Times Square where, in less than hour, we’ll begin hearing from the 14 players who were invited to attend the NBA draft. Among them: North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller, all of whom are projected to be draft lottery picks.

Kendall Marshall, by the way, is not here. Though no one would be surprised if he wound up being a lottery pick as well when the draft commences on Thursday night at 7:30.

Between now and the start of the draft, there’s likely to be a good amount of speculation, rumors and guesses about which players is headed where. Outside of Anthony Davis, the former Kentucky freshman who’s a lock to be the No. 1 pick, this draft appears as wide open as any in recent memory.

UNC players in the NBA Draft: Where the Tar Heels are projected

Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall are all projected (along with Tyler Zeller, not pictured) to be top-15 picks in the NBA draft. PHOTO: Robert Willett

The NBA draft order was announced last night and we know at least two things as a result: For one, the Charlotte Bobcats are suffering from some bad juju. First they suffer through one of the worst seasons in the NBA history, and then they lose out on the No. 1 pick. Second, and more important, we know it’s now officially NBA mock draft season.

That means, of course, that we know now where some people think other people will be drafted. A quick Google search for “NBA mock draft” turns up no shortage of results. Here are five of them:

DraftExpress
HoopsHype.com
NBADraft.net
SBNation
Sporting News

And here’s a look at where North Carolina’s players – Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller – are projected to be selected. At least according to the aforementioned mock drafts.

Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall enter NBA Draft

CHAPEL HILL — Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall are leaving North Carolina and will enter the NBA draft, the school announced in a statement on Thursday.

Barnes, a forward, and Marshall, a point guard, are both foregoing their final two years of eligibility. Henson is leaving the Tar Heels, meanwhile, after his junior season.

"Super Jetpack Dragon IV" star of the UNC show

In an attempt to capture the space-cadet nature of impromptu point guard Stilman White, North Carolina coach Roy Williams told a story from breakfast Saturday morning, when Kendall Marshall tried to figure out who had left some toast on the table.

"He looked at our table, no," Williams said. " Looked at the next table, no.  Looked at the next table, no. Who's toast is this? Toast, toast, anybody's toast? Twenty-one people in there looked at Stilman and Stilman says, Oh, that's my toast."

Williams and the four other North Carolina players on the podium all turned to look at White.

"I was kind of into my iPhone game and I was working on a high score, so I had to wait until I finished that round before I could pick my toast up," White said.

The game? Super Jetpack Dragon IV.

Henson's forgotten wrist still hurts, too

It seems like months ago now, but it was only March 9 in Atlanta during the ACC Tournament that the pressing question about UNC’s season wasn’t Kendall Marshall’s injured wrist. It was the left wrist of forward John Henson.

In Thursday’s interview session, the condition of Henson’s wrist came up once.

John Henson to return today for UNC

John Henson watch 2012: Henson says he’s improving

GREENSBORO — The latest John Henson update is that there is no update. Not really. Well, that’s not entirely true. Asked about his injured left wrist earlier today, Henson said it’s improving.

“It’s getting better and we’ll see how it feels after practice and go from there,” Henson said.

UNC forward John Henson out against Vermont

GREENSBORO — North Carolina junior forward John Henson will not play today when the Tar Heels face Vermont in the second round of the NCAA tournament here at the Greensboro Coliseum. It will be the third consecutive game that Henson misses because of a left wrist injury.

James Michael McAdoo, the freshman forward, will start in Henson’s place. McAdoo also started UNC’s final two games of the NCAA tournament, when Henson sat out with his wrist injury.

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