Three North Carolina Players Declare For NBA Draft: Their Reaction

John Henson (Left), Harrison Barnes (Middle), and Kendall Marshall (Right) have all decided to go to the NBA.

North Carolina players, Forward Harrison Barnes (Sophomore), Forward John Henson (Junior), and Guard Kendall Marshall (Sophomore) announced today that they plan to leave school early and join the NBA.

The Tar Heels season ended Sunday when they lost to the number two seeded Kansas Jayhawks, 80-67.

The three players were all in the top five in scoring on the Tar Heels this season. Barnes averaged 17.1 ppg, 5.2 reb, and 1.1 ast. As for Henson he averaged 13.7 ppg, 9.9 reb, and 1.3 ast. As for Marshall he averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.6 reb, and 9.8 ast.

According to NBADraft.net, Barnes is projected to be selected 5th overall. As for Marshall, he’s projected to be selected 13th overall. And as for Henson, he is projected to be selected 16th overall.

As for other former North Carolina player, Tyler Zeller who was a senior this year is projected to be selected 17th.

Head Coach, Roy Williams’ reaction: “It’s a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball,” says head coach Roy Williams. “On a very small stage, it’s a sad day for me because I won’t get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well.”

Henson’s reaction: “I’ve loved my three years at Carolina, and now I’m ready to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” says Henson. “It’s tough to leave because I love my teammates, coaches and UNC. I wish we’d been able to bring our fans a national championship, but it wasn’t meant to be. I am proud of what we accomplished, especially the last two years.”

Henson would continue…

“I plan to finish working toward my degree. That’s important to my parents, CoachWilliams and me. I can’t say enough about how much I’ve enjoyed my experience in Chapel Hill. This was a big decision and it will be a big change, but I’m ready,” said Henson.

And lastly…

“I’d like to thank my parents, Coach Williams and his staff and all of my teammates for everything they’ve done to get me ready for this moment. I’d also like to thank all the Carolina fans who have given us so much support over the lastthree years,” said Henson

Barnes’ reaction:

“I’m honored and blessed to have the opportunity to compete in the NBA,” says Barnes. “The love and respect I have for basketball fuel the drive toward my ultimate goal – to experience an illustrious career in the NBA. I have consulted with Coach Williams and my family, and although it was a difficult decision, I have decided to enter this year’s NBA draft.”

Barnes would continue saying…

“Chapel Hill is a special place. Over the past two years I’ve enjoyed every single moment of my Tar Heel experience. The road we took to reach the Elite 8 in 2011 and again in 2012 were great team accomplishments. I am thankful to UNC fans, my teammates, and to have played for Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams and the entire coaching staff. Now it’s time for the next course of my journey. Although I may be giving up my eligibility, I will continue to pursue my degree. I love this university and will always be a Tar Heel,” said Barnes.

Marshall’s reaction: “I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and the Tar Heel Nation for all their support,” says Marshall. “It’s been the greatest two years of my life. I have always put the team before myself and I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished. My life long dream has been to play basketball at the highestlevel possible and I feel now is my greatest opportunity to fulfill this goal. I will always be a Tar Heel at heart and I will carry the experiences that I’ve had here both on and off the court with me for the rest of my life.”

Quotes from North Carolina’s athletic page.

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North Carolina’s John Henson’s Status Still Up In The Air For Sunday’s Game Aganist Creighton

John Henson, according to head coach Roy Williams has about a 50/50 percent chance of playing on Sunday.

With just little over a week after North Carolina’s forward, John Henson sprained his wrist during a game against Maryland in the ACC Tournament on March 9th, Henson has still yet to play. Just eight days after spraining it, Henson has missed three games and possibly soon to be four.

After missing the rest of the ACC Tournament in games against N.C. State which North Carolina won 69-67 and against Florida State which North Carolina lost, 85-82, Henson was very questionable coming into the second round of the NCAA Tournament against 16th seed Vermont as head coach Roy Williams told reports a day before the game that he wasn’t very convinced.

“I’m not convinced,” Williams told reporters Thursday.

As for Henson on Thursday…

“We’re going to see how it feels tomorrow, and decide from there.” said Henson on Thursday.

Though, despite trying to stay optimistic that he was going to play, Henson would miss his third straight game on Friday as he watched his team defeat the Catamounts of Vermont 77-58.

Some reports came out as Henson’s absence was just a precautionary reason, however one day after advancing to the third round, head coach, Roy Williams is saying otherwise.

“I wish I could tell you because I’m tired of answering the daggum thing,” said Williams to reporters before their Saturday practice. “I really don’t have any other information at all to add to what I said yesterday.”

“He did continue getting rehab last night but when you’re sitting there eating, there’s not a lot of things that you do when you’re eating your meal that resembles what you’re asked to do with a basketball,” Williams said.

It would be Henson’s fourth straight game missed if absent from the North Carolina line-up come Sunday and it would be a very key absence for a team that’s facing a tough Creighton team.

Williams also added to reporters on Friday, that his percentage of Henson playing come Sunday is about a 50/50 percent chance. However, who knows if those percentages changed or not within the last 24 hours.

Though, North Carolina will take the court with or without, Henson come Sunday against the Creighton Bluejays at 5:15 P.M. Eastern Time on CBS.

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