The two time reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year John Henson came crashing down on the floor in the first half of North Carolinas opening game in the ACC Tournament against Maryland. Henson was attacking the basket and was hit hard by a Terrapin defender and went down on his left wrist. The same left wrist Henson had a little trouble with earlier this season. Henson immediately headed straight for the locker room with an injured wrist as Tar Heel nation held it’s breath. After a brief return, Henson returned to the bench after catching a pass and experiencing obvious pain as a result. Henson did not play for the remainder of the game and even remained in the locker room for the start of the second half.
The good news, X-Rays were negative and coach Roy Williams said after the game they were pretty sure that nothing is broken. Further examinations on Henson between now and tomorrow 12pm tip-off against NC State will determine if he can play or not. For now, the junior big man is listed as a game time decision for the game.
Freshman James Michael McAdoo played well in Hensons absence collecting 14 points and eight rebounds. But no matter how well McAdoo plays, there simply is no replacing John Henson. Especially not at this point in the season with the big dance of March Madness just around the corner. While things don’t appear to be serious and it would appear Henson will be okay for the Heels to make a run at the national title. Sometimes appearances are deceiving, in reality, it’s anyone’s guess as to how bad that wrist is feeling. Anyone’s guess when it will feel better, and until they tell us otherwise, it’s anyone’s guess as to exactly how much damage was really done. The Tar Heels don’t just need John Henson healthy enough to play throughout the rest of the ACC Tourney and especially the NCAA Tourney, they need him to be the John Henson he’s been all season long. Right now, it’s anybody’s guess if UNC will get that or not. Until then, hold your breath Tar Heel Nation, our national championship hopes lies in this young man’s left wrist.