The Milwaukee Bucks failed to reach the postseason last year and Coach Scott Skiles along with General Manager John Hammond felt defense was to blame for the NBA team's shortfalls. In the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft last night, the Bucks selected a defensive stopper by selecting 6-foot-11 North Carolina power forward John Henson with the 14th overall pick.
The two-time Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year was not expected to be available for the Bucks at number 14. Henson was a first-team all ACC selection as a junior and averaged 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game for the Tar Heels.
Henson was one of four North Carolina players selected in the first round, along with Harrison Barnes (seventh to Golden State), Kendall Marshall (13th to Phoenix) and Tyler Zeller.
The Bucks selected Kentucky shooting guard Doron Lamb in the second round with the 42nd overall pick.