Henson Ready for UNC

John Henson is packed up and ready to head to Chapel Hill to begin his college career at the University of North Carolina.

"I head down on Saturday and I'll be down there until July 24th," Henson said of his summer semester enrollment. "It should be fun and interesting. I've been excited for a while. I actually packed all my stuff [on Thursday], so now it's just the waiting game."

As a guy that just graduated from high school and is preparing to leave home for the first time in his life, Henson has some nerves, but he's excited for what his future at North Carolina holds.

"It's kind of hitting me," he said. "People are telling me it's going to be one of the best times of my life. I'm also stepping into big time basketball and I'm excited to see what that's like. It's excitement and anxiety and I'm just going to get through it."

"With college I need to learn time management and just being on my own. Then on the court I'm going to have some rough days, but who doesn't? On and off the court it's going to be tough, but I think I'll be able to get through it just like everyone else does."

Since his senior season ended, Henson, who averaged nearly 18 points and a just over 12 rebounds per game, has been in the gym trying to gain strength and spruce up on his defense.

"I've been working out a lot and lifting weights and doing drills," Henson said. "They sent us a tape workout for us to do, so I've been doing that. I'm just been getting ready for college."

"They pretty much have told me that strength is going to come and not to worry about that," he continued. "Most of all they want me to work on my defense and my lateral quickness, so I've been doing a lot of footwork drills."

Last year incoming freshmen Ed Davis and Tyler Zeller added weight and strength prior to their freshmen seasons, and Henson expects to have a similar experience before he throws on a Tar Heel jersey.

"When Ed and Tyler came in, I was actually there," Henson said. "I played against them in open gym. Then I came back for ‘Late Night" and I was like, ‘What happened to you all? What have you all been doing?' They put on a little weight and hopefully that can be me."

Henson, who plans to wear No. 22 at North Carolina, will room with fellow freshmen Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald.

"We are real cool with all of these camps and tournaments we've been in," Henson said. "We know each other really well."

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