GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina forward John Henson, who sat out most of the ACC tournament with a sprained left wrist, told coach Roy Williams Thursday that if a game were played that day, he believed he would have been able to play.
"I'm not convinced," Williams said Thursday afternoon.
Thus, the status of the ACC Defensive Player of the Year remains a game-time decision for Friday's NCAA matchup with 16th-seeded Vermont.
"We're going to see how it feels tomorrow, and decide from there," said Henson, whose team holds the top seed in the Midwest Region.
Henson, who is averaging double-double figures this season, suffered the injury trying to break his fall after he was fouled by Maryland in the ACC quarterfinals last week. He did not dress for Saturday's semifinal win over North Carolina State, and was available only for an "emergency situation" during Sunday's title game (when the Tar Heels lost to Florida State).
Henson said he participated in about 65 percent of the Thursday morning practice in Chapel Hill, N.C. But according to Williams, "he did not shoot the ball left-handed a single time. He did not block any shots left-handed -- you guys have seen his play, that's his dominant hand in a big, big way.
"He did block one shot, it was right-handed, and he took one jump hook right-handed and it fell about three miles short."
Henson participated in Thursday afternoon's open practice at Greensboro Coliseum, his wrist heavily taped. He favored his right hand.
Before that, he told reporters there was still discomfort and swelling in his wrist, and he had been using heat and ice to help it heal.