Henson Shines

CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- The East squad came away with the victory in Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American Game, but John Henson - one of four future Tar Heels in the game - did his part to help the West squad.

Throughout the 40-minute game, the 6-10 power forward was active, especially on the defensive end, where he looked every bit of the future prospect that many think he could be.

Despite Henson's strong effort, his West team lost to the East 113-110.

"I think we had it and then we didn't have it and then we had it," Henson said of the lead changes. "Overall I thought we played pretty good, but a couple things didn't go our way. Like Derrick Favors (game MVP – 19 pts, 8 reb) didn't go our way."

While the final stats say Henson only blocked a pair of shots, he certainly affected plenty more and was an intimidating force inside.

"I guess you could say I was focusing on it," Henson said of his shotblocking. "You don't want to see a guy go and lay it up, so I feel like people can be active on the defensive end if they want to and that's what I put most of my effort into because we don't get the ball that much in these games, but defensively you can do a lot."

But it he wasn't just effective defensively. Offensively Henson was efficient from the field and finished 7-for-10 with 14 points to go with three rebounds and an assist.

"I think I played alright with what I could do," Henson said. "We relied on Tiny (Gallon) and the dominant guys and they wanted the ball, so I tried to do what I could. Defensively I tried to pick my level of play up. That's one thing I can do."

"I think I stacked up pretty good," he continued. "I truthfully think, beside Derrick, our bigs pretty much handled the game pretty well and better than the other team. We just didn't come out with the win."


John Henson, PF, West – Clearly the best prospect of the North Carolina bunch, Henson left his imprint on this game in a number of ways. Once again his length was a major factor for the opposition on the defensive end. Offensively he showed his ability to finish inside with a reverse lay up that he picked up a plus-one on. We were also impressed that he showed a left hook and drained a fadeaway from 15-feet.

Travis Wear, PF, West – This twin scored a few more baskets than his brother, but where he really stood out was in his passing. He found cutters on a few occasions and showed off a few skilled moves. His line for the game was six points on 3-for-5 shooting. He also recorded three assists.

David Wear, PF, West – Although he's had a pretty solid week of practice, David failed to scored during the McDonald's game. He was 0-for-2 from the field and managed three rebounds. All week he's displayed his skill set, ability to pass and face up defenders, though during the game itself it was tough to show that as he was rarely given the ball in position to score. He did, however, make a nice dish in traffic that led to his lone assist.

Dexter Strickland, SG, East – This was not the showing that Strickland was expecting, and his frustration was evident postgame. The 6-foot-3 combo guard went for just two points and failed to hit a basket, as he was 0-for-4 from the field and got his two points at the free throw line. Strickland is athletic and shows signs that he's capable of playing a combo guard role at North Carolina. He's quick and has developed a nice pull-up jump shot, which he showcased during the practices.

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