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 McKinney. He 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.)
-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.