Roy Williams Excited for 2018-19 Season
Roy Williams has a flood of former players arriving in town for camp week, including Marvin Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, John Henson, Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, and Justin Jackson. And later this week he’s planning to speak with NBA teams on behalf of Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, who hope to be drafted to start their pro careers.
Where will Jordan Brown, the nation's top uncommitted big man, sign?
The Tar Heels have been primarily communicating with Jordan Brown's father. However, their championship pedigree and Roy Williams' history of producing NBA level big men (Tony Bradley, Ed Davis, John Henson, Isaiah Hicks, Tyler Zeller) could give them more than just an outside shot. However, UNC may be on the outside looking in. Prediction: Stanford.
Tobacco Road well-represented in NBA playoffs
Tobacco Road teams — UNC, Wake Forest, N.C. State, and Duke — are well represented with 25 players in the NBA postseason. The Tar Heels have eight former players in the NBA playoffs. Tyler Zeller and John Henson are with the Milwaukee Bucks and face a tough first-round challenge in Boston. UNC also has Ed Davis as third-seeded Portland's third-best rebounder.
It's About Winning For Joel Berry & Luke Maye
The last time North Carolina placed multiple players on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team was in 2012, when Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes and John Henson were on it. The conference featured 12 teams then. So for Joel Berry and Luke Maye to both make the first team now, with 15 teams in the ACC, speaks to what the duo has accomplished this season.
Roy Williams Pre-Duke Press Conference Notebook
When asked Thursday, Roy Williams said some of North Carolina's defensive struggles have resulted from the lack of a rim protector. "There's no question that's a big problem," he said. "In the past, we could mess it up and John Henson might block a shot or Tyler Zeller might block a shot or James Michael McAdoo may take a charge inside. We haven't had that."
Tyler Zeller traded to Milwaukee Bucks, will reunite with John Henson
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired center Tyler Zeller from the Brooklyn Nets for former first-round draft pick Rashad Vaughn and a 2018 second-round pick. Zeller, 28, will compete for minutes behind starting Bucks center John Henson. Zeller has averaged 7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 2017-18. He has played with Cleveland and Boston in his six NBA seasons.
Tar Heels Today: Berry's kind gesture, Hollins heads to the Super Bowl, recruiting notes, & more
Joel Berry makes a young fan's day, Roy Williams does not make a scheduled recruiting trip, Chase Rice performs for NHL fans, Wayne Ellington is hot for the Heat, Sunday's UNC results and more in Tar Heels Today.
Austin Rivers falsely claims he was ACC Player of the Year
Austin Rivers mentioned in an interview with ESPN that he was ACC player of the year in 2011-12, his lone season at Duke. However, that was not the case. Former UNC forward Tyler Zeller won the honor that season. Zeller received 45 votes, ex-Virginia forward Mike Scott got 14 and Tar Heels players Harrison Barnes (2) and John Henson (1) rounded out the list. Rivers received 0 votes.
Don’t be surprised by John Henson’s re-emergence
What’s caused John Henson, the longest-tenured Milwaukee Buck, to go from a raw draft pick with a high ceiling, to a player the fan base viewed as a black hole, back to playing the most productive basketball of his career? There are two explanations with the first being more obvious: Consistency. He’s starting to see consistent minutes in a steady role this season.
John Henson finishing on offense for Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson is known for his favorite shot, the left-handed hook. It's become part of his identity, with 'Hook' becoming his nickname over the years. But Henson has showcased more than just the hook this season. He's getting more opportunities and he's taken advantage with some of the best offensive numbers of his six-year NBA career.
John Henson Couldn’t Believe A Bucks Fan Actually Got His Jersey For Christmas
One Bucks fan scored a John Henson jersey and posted a pic in his new gear on Monday morning, noting his excitement. Henson retweeted it, but unlike most athletes that will either just hit RT or say something like “nice!” he had a much different level of excitement in a hilarious tweet. The Bucks’ center was just excited that his jersey is even for sale and alerted his family.
Recap: Former UNC Players in the NBA - Dec. 26
John Henson (Milwaukee Bucks) started in 23 of the 30 games he's played for the Bucks this season. Henson is averaging 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and a team-leading 1.5 blocks in 23.9 minutes per game. Reggie Bullock (Detroit Pistons) has started the last six games for the Pistons and set a career-high with 20 points on Dec. 17 against the Orlando Magic.
John Henson’s Journey to Feeling Needed in Milwaukee
Six years in the NBA, and somehow John Henson is still a bit of an unknown. We’ve seen flashes of a very good player, but they have been so widely spread across time that it’s hard to remember them. It was theorized that he’d likely be dealt in a salary dump to a team that simply needed him more. However, the Bucks have needed Henson now more than ever.
John Henson has weathered the changes with the Milwaukee Bucks
John Henson appreciates the ongoing evolution of the Milwaukee Bucks organization, which now includes advanced technology and support such as cryotherapy in the new Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center. “I’ve been here long enough to see the changes — the drastic changes. It’s like night and day,” said Henson.
Harrison Barnes Gets Married; NBA Stars Attend
On Saturday former North Carolina star Harrison Barnes got married. Barnes, 25, played at UNC from 2010-2012. As expected, a number of NBA stars and former UNC players attended the nuptials. Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Kendall Marshall, John Henson, James Michael McAdoo, Shammond Williams, and Justin Watts were all in attendance.