SACRAMENTO, CA - Former North Carolina Tarheels star John Henson was the only projected lottery pick for the upcoming NBA Draft to take part in a group workout for the Sacramento Kings on Monday.
The Kings hold the fifth overall pick in the first round, and No. 36 in the second round of the NBA Draft, which will be held on June 28.
The 6-foot-10, 216 pound Henson was joined by New Mexico forward Drew Gordon, Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe, Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates and UNLV guard Oscar Bellfield.
Henson and Gordon were paired together on the same team during the media viewing period.
As a three-year with the Tarheels, Henson's athleticism and shot-blocking ability made helped get him the attention of scouts throughout the country. He averaged 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 50-percent shooting from the field, and 2.9 blocks per game in his junior season with UNC.
According to his critics, the most notable weakness is his thin frame, but that's something he believes won't be a problem in the NBA.
A native of San Jose, Gordon played at Archbishop Mitty High School and contended for a state title at Power Balance Pavilion, then known as ARCO Arena in 2007 and 08'.
The 6-foot-9, 241 pound Gordon originally chose to play at UCLA, but then feuded with coach Ben Howland and ultimately parted ways with the program, playing in only six games with the Bruins as a sophomore. He went on to play two productive seasons at New Mexico and gained in popularity in this past season's NCAA Tourmament, leading the Lobos to a fifth-seed.
Gordon averaged 12.7 points and 10.9 rebounds a game as a senior. He;s projected to be a second-round pick in the Draft, however Gordon's stock is on the rise and using any group workout as an opportunity to turn some heads.
On Tuesday, the Kings will hold another group workout with Henson's college teammate Tyler Zeller headlining. The 7-foot, 250 pound center played four seasons with North Carolina.
Zeller will be joined on Tuesday by Alabama forward JaMychal Green, UCLA guard Lazeric Jones, New Mexico St. forward Wendell McKines and Ohio St. guard William Buford.
Charlie Westbrook will also participate in his second workout with Sacramento on Tuesday.
Later in the week, lottery hopeful Terrence Jones, the power forward from Kentucky is expected to work out in front of the Kings brass.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net