John Henson (basketball)

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John Henson
John Henson cropped.jpg
Henson with the Tar Heels in 2011
No. 31 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-12-28) December 28, 1990 (age 25)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 229 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Sickles (Tampa, Florida)
College North Carolina (2009–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

John Allen Henson (born December 28, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of North Carolina where, with a 7'6" wingspan, he was a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year.[1]

High school career[edit]

After moving to Texas from Sparta, NJ, Henson attended Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texasfor three years.[1] His senior year, Henson transferred to Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida. Henson wore the jersey number 33, averaging 17.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 6.1 blocks per game as a senior in 2008–09. He scored a season-high 29 points against Tampa Bay Tech and blocked 10 or more shots five times with a high of 11 on four occasions as a senior as well.[1] Henson led the team to a 24–5 record and a perfect 10–0 league record,[2] but the team lost to Lakeland 48–43 in the regional semi-finals for the Florida FHSAA Class 6A championship.[3] Henson was a first-team all-state selection and Tampa Bay Coaches Association Player of the Year. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit. He also earned first-team Parade All-American honors.[1]

Recruitment[edit]

Henson was a highly sought-after forward and was rated by Scout.com as the #1 power forward and the #4 overall player in the 2009 recruiting class.[4] Analysts predicted he would be an important addition to what some thought would be the best front court in the nation for the 2009–10 season. When asked to evaluate Henson, head coach Roy Williams said Henson had "tremendously long arms" and predicted he would "probably block more shots than any perimeter player in college basketball."[5]

College career[edit]

Henson started the season at small forward for the 2009–10 Tar Heels, but with the season-ending injury to Ed Davis, Henson moved to power forward in mid-February 2010. After the move, Henson's performance improved, and he averaged 9.4 points per game in the last 16 contests of the season.[1] However, the Tar Heels missed the NCAA tournament, losing to the Dayton in the NIT finals.[6]

As a sophomore in 2010–11, Henson was the winner of the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for 2011 after averaging 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. As a junior in 2011–12, he was again named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.[1]

On March 29, 2012, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.[7]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 North Carolina 37 12 15.8 .486 .222 .438 4.4 .9 .7 1.6 5.7
2010–11 North Carolina 37 36 26.7 .500 .167 .482 10.1 .8 .6 3.2 11.7
2011–12 North Carolina 35 34 29.1 .500 .000 .511 9.9 1.3 .6 2.9 13.7

Professional career[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks (2012–present)[edit]

On June 28, 2012, Henson was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.[8] On July 10, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Bucks.[9] On April 10, 2013, he had a season-best game with 17 points, 25 rebounds and 7 blocks in a 113–103 loss to the Orlando Magic.[10] A week later, he scored a career-high 28 points in a 95–89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[11]

On October 19, 2013, the Bucks exercised their third-year team option on Henson's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season.[12] In 2013–14, he averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as he came off the bench in 47 of the 70 games he played.

On October 16, 2014, the Bucks exercised their fourth-year team option on Henson's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[13] Henson played in 67 games for Milwaukee in 2014–15 (11 starts), averaging 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He finished fifth in the league for blocks per game with 2.01 and became one of just seven players in Bucks history to average over 2.0 blocks in a single season. Henson blocked at least one shot in 20 straight games from December 26 to February 22, which was the third-longest streak during the 2014–15 season.[14]

On October 2, 2015, Henson signed a four-year, $45 million contract extension with the Bucks.[14][15] On November 6, 2015, in just his second game of the 2015–16 season, Henson scored a season-high 22 points off the bench in a 99–92 win over the New York Knicks.[16]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Milwaukee 63 9 13.1 .482 .000 .533 4.7 .5 .3 .7 6.0
2013–14 Milwaukee 70 23 26.5 .538 .000 .514 7.1 1.6 .6 1.7 11.1
2014–15 Milwaukee 67 11 18.3 .566 .000 .569 4.7 .9 .4 2.0 7.0
Career 200 43 19.6 .531 .000 .537 5.5 1.0 .4 1.5 8.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Milwaukee 4 0 8.3 .273 .000 .000 2.0 .3 .5 .0 1.5
2015 Milwaukee 6 0 25.5 .585 .000 .357 8.0 .7 .8 1.7 8.8
Career 10 0 18.6 .519 .000 .357 5.6 .5 .7 1.0 5.9

Personal life[edit]

Henson is the son of Matt and Annette Henson. His father played basketball for Norfolk State University.[1] His sister, Amber, played basketball for Duke University.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "John Benson Biography". GoHeels.com. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "John Henson's (Tampa, FL) High School Basketball Stats". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2009 Allstate FHSAA Class 6A Boys Basketball Championship". FHSAA.org. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ "SCOUT.COM COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM RECRUITING PROSPECTS – 2009". Scout.com. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Season Preview: 2009-10 North Carolina Tar Heels". BleacherReport.com. October 17, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dayton wins first NIT title since 1968 by stopping UNC's run". ESPN.com. April 1, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Three UNC stars to enter NBA draft". ESPN.com. March 29, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "John Henson To Bucks With No. 14 Pick In 2012 NBA Draft". HuffingtonPost.com. June 28, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bucks sign forward John Henson". ESPN.com. July 10, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Notebook: Magic 113, Bucks 103". NBA.com. April 10, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rookie John Henson lifts Bucks past Kevin Durant-less Thunder". ESPN.com. April 17, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks exercise contract options on John Henson and Brandon Knight". InsideHoops.com. October 2, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "BUCKS EXERCISE ROOKIE SCALE CONTRACT OPTIONS ON ANTETOKOUNMPO AND HENSON". NBA.com. October 2, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "BUCKS SIGN HENSON TO CONTRACT EXTENSION". NBA.com. October 2, 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ Stein, Marc (October 2, 2015). "John Henson agrees to four-year extension with Bucks". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  16. ^ "John Henson 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Amber Benson Bio". GoDuke.com. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 

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