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Buck Williams currently working out John Henson from UNC



I'm watching them work out on NBA TV at the draft combine.

NBADraft.net profile after the jump.

Strengths: Athletic specimen at 6'10 with octopus-like 7'4 wingspan ... Goes beyond the conventional defensive presence-- he wrecks games with his length ... Extraordinary shot blocker (3.2 blk) featuring a combination of length, quick vertical leap and ability to swat with either hand ... His court coverage is freakish, consistently leaving a defensive imprint even when out of position ... Rebounds above the rim (10.1 rpg) where his physical tools provide him an innate advantage ... Particularly effective on the offensive glass (3.2 off) ... A long strider with good straight-line speed, he runs up and down the floor with ease ... Frequently beats his man in transition and a target for easy deuces ... Face up game shows potential with comfortable ball handling skills, quick first step and length to reach the rim in two dribbles ... Adroit finishing with either hand around the basket ... Learning to utilize his size advantage in the post and less averse to throwing his “weight” around ... Favors a quick spin move to the baseline to avoid contact ... Produces most of his scoring output (11.7 ppg) without the basketball: o-boards, in transition (alley-oops) and finding open creases in the defense ... Rarely looks to shoot outside a few feet (50% fg) ... Finishes over defenders, not through them ... Solid development (some body maturity) is clearly evident from freshman to sophomore campaigns. He's turned the aggression meter up several notches.

Weaknesses: Despite putting on approximately 30 pounds since arriving on campus (180 to 210), Henson is still thin as a rail. He doesn't possess the frame to add substantial bulk with exceptionally narrow shoulders ... Core strength is lacking, easily bumped off balance on drives to the basket and can't maintain post position offensively or defensively ... His movements, while effective for the most part, are not graceful by any means ... His legs are pronated and appears duck-footed: clumsy when forced to move laterally ... Must put in the hard yards to improve his footwork ... Projects as a tweener at the next level, with inadequate muscle to bang inside with 4's or perimeter skills to play the 3 ... His jump shot needs a lot of work as the ball comes off with a sidespin ... He shot 48% from the FT line in what has undoubtedly become a mental battle ... Range has all but disappeared ... Outside of his shot blocking prowess, he does not project an aura of confidence on the floor- more of anxious energy ... Sometimes overly fascinated by his length, going above and beyond to impact shots better left alone e.g. last shot versus Washington ... Does not box out, fully reliant on his length and leaping ability ... A full 40 minutes of focus seems like a tough ask ... Highly physical games inhibit his effectiveness, preferring finesse opponents where he can roam freely ...

Adam Ganeles 4/5/11

Strengths: Freakishly long and athletic forward who has a tremendous amount of potential ... Has wiry strength and is not afraid to mix it up inside with players much bigger than him ... He has the necessary speed, mobility as well as some moves off the dribble to make plays on the perimeter ... His low post repertoire is still developing, but most importantly his touch around the hoop is very soft allowing him to convert on difficult shots ... Because of his extremely long arms and nice leaping ability, he is able to grab rebounds above the box and out of reach of his opponents ... He is very active on the O glass, putting himself in good position to get easy points ... Defensively he is a menace, because he is quick enough to stay infront of smaller players and he is also a tremendous shotblocker at this level ...

Weaknesses: Has a lot of work to do on his body ... His slight frame and narrow shoulders might make it difficult for him to put on any substantial bulk ... Since he is so light, opposing big men have little trouble moving him out of position on the blocks, forcing him to shoot further out than he would like ... Even though he is capable of playing both 3 and 4 positions, he is still a tweener on the offensive end because he is not a consistent threat at either spot ... As a scorer he depends heavily on his ability to get garbage points as he has not yet developed a go to aspect to his game ... His jumpshot is decent, but if he wants to become a more dangerous wingplayer, he needs to gain more consistency and extend his range ...

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