John Henson talks about his change in schools

September 12, 2008

Recently, John Henson (SF, 6’10”, 2009), a UNC commit and rising superstar, relocated to the Tampa area to play basketball for Sickles High School, bringing his big time game and a level of notoriety to the school.

In this interview with Henson by Tampa Bay Online, he talks about the move and what it’s been like going from a 6’4″ guard to a 6’10” big time prospect in such a short time:

When you grew 6 inches in 18 months, what was that experience like?

It was tough, because when I first shot up, my knees were hurting, I couldn’t run and it hurt to jump. It was tough, but once my body adjusted, my knees stopped hurting and my feet stopped hurting. My game improved so much after everything settled in.

One of the reasons I think Henson will be playing the wing at UNC is because he’s got guard skills, and not just ‘big man’ guard skills, but actual guard skills.


ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup, July 4th, 2008

July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day to everyone!

Just a few days after we posted that Austin Rivers (PG, 6’3″, 2011) listed UNC but really liked Florida, he pulled the trigger and has committed to the Gators.

In the same story, Nolan Dennis(SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009) is reportedly headed to Memphis. At one time UNC was heavily involved in the recruitment of Dennis, but it seems likely that once UNC signed Leslie McDonald (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2009), Dennis would go elsewhere.

Noel Johnson and Georgia Tech

Scout.com is reporting that Noel Johnson has visited Georgia Tech recently, telling GoJackets.com’s Shane Connell:

“It was great because we like Paul Hewitt as a coach anyway, but the school, the organizers, the way that they run things is a plus. They stress a lot of academic work, which is what we are looking for.”

Mason Plumlee and the U-18 team

Duke signee Mason Plumlee (PF, 6’11”, 2009) has made the cut of fourteen finalists for the U-18 USA Basketball roster.

Sean Mosley, good news for Terp fans

Finally, a bit of good news for Terp faithful: Sean Mosley( SG, 6’4″, 2008 Commit), has gotten clearance to attend Maryland, although there are things still up the air about Steve Goins.

Lance Stephenson, not born ready

So back to the U-18 trials, it turns out that Lance Stephenson apparently dented the persona that he’s the next phenom, according to this scathing story from Seth Davis. He reports that Stephenson not only played poorly – very poorly – but that he was a horrible teammate:

Even worse, after every mistake he acted like it was someone else’s fault. He barked at his teammates. He whined to the refs. He rolled his eyes and slapped his thighs. He shook his head and muttered to himself.

Davis also goes on to point out that even though Stephenson is being hyped as the next NBA sure thing, he is not:

It’s a safe bet nobody would say those things about Stephenson if he were from, say, Phoenix instead of New York. At any rate, Stephenson demonstrated quite clearly at the Team USA trials that he is none of those things — not yet, anyway.

It’s a very juicy article, but it raises a key point about the NBA and the one-year-rule. Just a few days ago we heard from Lance’s dad that if there was no rule, his son would jump straight to the league. Well, here is where the rule comes into play: if Lance is really ready for the NBA, he should have no problem proving it when he plays in the 2009-2010 season in the NCAA. But as a rising high school senior, apparently any talk of that is premature.


Austin Rivers’ List Includes UNC

July 1, 2008

You might have last seen Austin Rivers (PG, 6’3″, 2011) standing on the sideline with his dad as the Boston Celtics mercilessly pounded the Los Angeles Lakers and walked away with championship banner number seventeen. The slender Rivers seemed to calmly take it all in as his dad tried to maintain some semblance of order amid the chaos.

But now it’s time to turn some of the spotlight on the younger Rivers, whose brother is already playing D1 ball. Alex asks him about his game and his college options in this interview with Rivers, who gives a breakdown of who’s offered and who he’s considering:

NB: What schools are you currently considering?
AR: Florida, right now. . . . University of Florida, that’s most likely.

NB: Is that your dream school?
AR: It’s one of them. I’ve always liked them and Texas, and North Carolina, and Kansas. Those are the . . . four right there.

NB: Who do currently have an offer from?
AR: Florida, [Central Florida], and . . . I’m going to try to go visit Memphis, Kansas, and Texas.

Of course, a lot of players list UNC and Kansas, but time will tell.

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Lance Stephenson is still considering UNC

June 19, 2008

Alex comes through AGAIN with money interviews. This time it’s none other than ‘Born Ready’, AKA Lance Stephenson, who earlier reports claimed had trimmed his list to UK, Kansas and UCLA. Not so, says Lance:

NB: Are there any other schools that are a little bit further behind . . . that you’re also considering? Anyone in particular?
LS: Memphis, St. John’s, [Pause] Indiana, and North Carolina.

That’s right…UNC is still in the mix, along with Memphis. Check out the full run down here.

I just want to give a shout out to Alex for sending the email to let me know about this.


Reggie Bullock bleeds Carolina Blue

June 18, 2008


image courtesy Rivals.com

Reggie Bullock (6’6″, SF, 2010) understands the Carolina history, growing up just a few miles down the road in Kinston, NC, the same eastern North Carolina town that produced UNC alum Jerry Stackhouse.

Alex Schwartz is continuing with terrific one-on-one chats with players of ACC interest, and he’s posted an interview with Bullock, who talks about why he chose UNC, who he thinks his game resembles and what his weaknesses are. More great stuff from Alex.

I had a chance to watch Bullock play with the CP3 All-Stars recently and will post my thoughts in an upcoming post.

Oh yeah, and Arlen says to remind everyone to join his list and meet Magic Johnson.


John Henson is No.1 in the Lone Star State

June 12, 2008

HS Game Time is a Dallas/Ft. Worth centric blog and has listed the Top 10 area basketball players for 2009 and 2010.

Not surprisingly, UNC commit John Henson (6’10”, SF, 2009) is ranked number 1.

CP3 Elite Camp

The Winston-Salem Chronicle has a great write up on the CP3 camp that was held in Winston-Salem last weekend.


Leslie McDonald signs with UNC

June 10, 2008

North Carolina added to an already loaded 2009 class on Monday by getting a commitment from Leslie McDonald (6’4″, SG, 2009). I didn’t even get a chance to post about McDonald. UNC was competing with Duke, Georgetown and Tennesee.

McDonald hails from Tennesee and going into a visit at UNC this weekend, had not named a clear leader.

Remember, my offer of signing up for email updates and meeting Magic Johnson is still valid.


UNC Basketball Recruit John Henson Interview

June 7, 2008

Rivals.com has an interview with John Henson (6’10”, SF/PF, 2009), who has already committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels. In this interview Henson talks about his recent meteoric rise in the national rankings and being compared to former UNC one and done phenom Brandon Wright:

“I think it’s great to be compared to a guy like him, and I believe my game is similar in many aspects but it also differs because I like to play
outsidea lot more than Wright. That’s definitely the main thing that I do more so than him, playing more on the perimeter.”

Comparisons between Wright and Henson are only accurate in that both are slender post players coming in highly touted. Wright was a phenomenal inside scorer, while Henson has the handle and agility to play the small forward. Henson can shoot from deep and slash like a guard.

I still think Henson is going to play the SF spot in the pros and probably will at UNC.


Derrick Favors Recruiting

June 3, 2008

Recently it was reported that Derrick Favors (6’10”, PF, 2009) has a list of fifteen schools. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Favors probably won’t decide until April 2009, and that his current list includes ACC schools Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Miami.

J.T. Terrell, John Wall at the Pangos

CSTV discusses the play of several ACC recruits at the Pangos All-American, including J.T. Terrell (6’3″, SG, 2010) who has a Wake Forest offer:

J.T. Terrell 6-foot-4 SG (2010) Burlington Cummings (N.C.) – This solid shooting wing guard can score from three or take it to the rim and finish with thunderous dunks. He is a long and rangy defender and rebounder who does little things to help squad win.

John Wall, who has solidified his status as the highlight PG to follow up Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings:

John Wall 6-foot-4 PG Raleigh Word of God (N.C.) – He has dominated everyone he’s faced off the dribble with his explosive quickness. He has left them shoeless with his crossover and spin move and confuses opponents when he sets it up with solid jumper from beyond the arc.


Lance Stephenson eliminates UNC; Kenny Boynton photos

June 1, 2008

It’s been thought for some time that Lance Stephenson [6’5″, SG, 2009] was no longer considering the Tar Heels, and now it’s been confirmed. His list is down to UCLA, USC and Kansas.

Kenny Boynton photos

Blue Devil Nation has some new photos of PG target Kenny Boynton [6’2″, PG, 2009].

Brandon Knight ACC interest

Brandon Knight [6’3″, PG, 2010] now has interest from Duke, Clemson and Miami.

J.T. Terrell ACC interest

J.T. Terrell [6’3″, SG, 2010] has offers from Wake Forest, Miami and Virginia.

Pangos All-American Camp

Meanwhile, several top players are in California for the Pangos All-American Camp.