John Henson stars in Bucks’ latest workout

John Henson was center stage at Monday's Bucks workout (Photo:

The Bucks held their fifth pre-draft workout on Monday.  I’m not saying that the workout was held specifically for him, and I can neither confirm nor deny that there was a beam of light following him all over the court, but this workout was all about North Carolina power forward John Henson.

The junior stands at 6’10.5″ with a wingspan of 7’5″.  Those measurements suggest that Henson should be a pretty incredible defensive force.  While that is true, his slender frame raises questions from teams, only weighing in at 216 pounds at the NBA combine.  But that doesn’t bother Bucks’ director of scouting Billy McKinneyHe believes that the weight isn’t as big of an issue as other people make it out to be.

“He makes up for it in other ways.  When you look at his length and his ability to defend – how he uses his length to play off players and still be in good defensive position – he’ll get stronger in time. But I don’t think strength is a main priority when you’re evaluating a guy’s talent.  I always hear people say, ‘The guy doesn’t have an NBA body.’ Arnold Schwarzenegger had one but he never played in the NBA.

Henson also surprised scouts with his offensive game, showing that he was able to knock down jumpers anywhere from 15-20 feet.  Considering that he averaged 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks a game for the Tarheels last season, an improved outside offensive game could really help justifying Henson going as high as he is projected.

Contrary to what this article appears to be suggesting, there were five other players that worked out Monday.  The remaining players are likely to be taken in the second round, if even at all.

Matt Gatens—Iowa—Senior—Guard—6’ 5”

-Finished sixth all-time in scoring and second in both three-pointers made and attempted

-Second team All-Big Ten in 2012

Augustus Gilchrist—South Florida—Forward—6’10”

-Averaged 13.0 points and 16.7 rebounds at Portsmouth Invitational; was named to All-Tournament team

-Early entry to 2011 draft, but withdrew

-Early leader for what to name my firstborn (Augustus Gilchrist Buenning?  That’s got a ring to it.)

Zane Johnson—Hawai’i—Senior—Guard—6’6”

-Honorable mention All-WAC for second straight year

– Led team in three-pointers, free-throw percentage, and minutes

Has the possible alias of Zoltan (probably not, but it’s worth looking in to)

Rob Jones—Saint Mary’s—Senior—Forward—6’6”

– Led WCC and ranked 7th nationally in rebounds/game, with a 10.8 average

– First team All-WCC in 2011 and 2012

Garrett Stutz—Wichita State—Senior—Center—7’0”

– First team All-MVC honors as a senior

– One of 41 players in school history to score at least 1,000 points.

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  1. PattiRafalskiDavison

    Augustus Gilchrist Buenning gets my vote.  Poor kid won’t be able to spell his name till he’s in sixth grade and it will take everyone else a lot longer than that.

  2. Love John Henson.. He should be exactly what a team is looking for in hard work, potential, and charisma(even though he speaks out of the side of his mouth).. Unfortunately I do not believe that his body is going to hold up for a long NBA career

  3. I agree with Justin, Henson was an outstanding shot blocker in college and probably will continue to be successful in that aspect of his game in the pros he has great instincts going for the ball, but I don’t think he has any chance guarding 4’s and 5’s with good back to the basket game. The Bucks primary need is a defensive anchor and although Henson can block shots he is not big enough to be a good low post defender as he will be easily pushed around. Henson reminds me alot of Larry Sanders so I dont think it makes a whole lot of sense to draft a guy you basically already have…plus Henson would just be another PF on a team with too many PF’s as is. (Brockman, Gooden, Udoh, Leuer, Sanders..Harris might be a 4 might be a 3 still not sure)

    •  @Teddddd I think he’s a three.. Above all else I hope he becomes a mismatch.. His offense is highly evolved and he should exploit PF’s off the dribble and be able to post most SF’s.. right now he can’t really guard either position anyways.. As a California Bucks fan I got to see a lot of Phil Jackson and one of the things he was best at was exploiting mismatches.. he did a lot of that with Lamar Odom.. he would see how the defense set up, than he would call an Isolation.. or he would set the screen to create the mismatch.. then Lamar would either drive and kick or drive and score or using his nifty hook in the post
      These are the nicest things I will ever say about LOser

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