NBA Draft 2012: Pistons To Work Out John Henson Three Days Before Draft

The Detroit Pistons could be looking at a handful of different scenarios when it's finally time for the No. 9 overall pick to be called later this month. And with more than a half-dozen intriguing power forward and center prospects each slotted for the 5-15 range, general manager Joe Dumars knows he needs to take a hard look at the litany of guys he is likely to see when the Pistons are on the clock.

Near the top of Dumars' preliminary list appears to be North Carolina's John Henson, as the veteran GM has already set up a workout date of June 25 for the junior forward to come to Detroit just three days before the draft. Currently projected to be selected ninth by the Pistons by both Draft Express and NBADraft.net's latest mock drafts, Henson mentioned to the Detroit Free Press that he believes he will joined at his Detroit workout by fellow 2012 big men Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, and Terrence Jones.

The 6-foot-10 Henson is one of the best shot-blockers in the class, and his lanky frame ensures that his defensive abilities will be able to translate well to the pros. In addition to being a stout rebounder with a soft touch around the basket, Henson gained three years of valuable experience as a fixture down low for one of the most stacked lineups in America. Even though his lack of girth makes it hard to believe he can play much center in the NBA, Henson is an immensely talented forward who would significantly upgrade the Pistons' front line.

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