Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Milwaukee Bucks draft former Sickles High star John Henson 14th

TAMPA — That roar you might have heard Thursday night emanated from the Green Iguana on Anderson Road. Sickles High graduate John Henson had been drafted by the Bucks at No. 14 out of North Carolina.

"It was surreal," said Gryphons coach Renaldo Garcia, who joined about 150 former Sickles players and students and friends of Henson at the restaurant.

"Just a little bit of anxiety at first because you hear the projections and what not. But you're kind of understanding it's a business now, so you don't quite know where he's going to fall. To finally hear his name called and hear the roar in the Green Iguana is something I'll never forget."

Henson is the highest pick from Hillsborough County. Brandon's Jeff Turner went 17th in 1984 to the Nets, and Brandon's Joey Graham 16th in 2005 to the Raptors.

A two-time ACC defensive player of the year, Henson (6 feet 10) averaged 13.7 points and an ACC-best 9.9 rebounds as a junior last season. He averaged 17.6 points, 12 rebounds and six steals during his lone season at Sickles.

"As we saw in the (NBA) Finals, it's not like us growing up with what we saw in (Hakeem) Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing," said Garcia, a former Florida and Tampa Catholic guard. "Most guys in the paint these days end up being skilled and have an outside shot and do a lot of pick and pop. I think his game suits perfectly for the NBA."

Bucks GM John Hammond said he doesn't expect Henson to be a star right away.

"He can defend today, and he's going to be able to rebound today," he said. "He's got some work to do offensively. But … you can see signs of his ability."

'Nole feted: Fans in Newark, N.J., chanted "USA! USA! USA! after the Cavs took Florida State PF Bernard James at No. 33.

The 6-10 James, 27, joined the Air Force in 2003 and did three tours in the Middle East. He played two seasons at FSU, averaging 10.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in 2011-12.

"The values the military instilled in me," James said when asked how he got drafted, "hard work, perseverance, toughness."

After being drafted, his rights were dealt to Dallas. Its owner, Mark Cuban, was ecstatic. "I love that kid!!" he tweeted. "USA!"

Odom back to L.A.: The Mavs, Jazz and Clippers agreed to a deal that sends Lamar Odom to Los Angeles, the Associated Press reported. Mo Williams goes from Los Angeles to Utah, which drafted him in 2003. Dallas gets Utah's $8.2 million trade exception. The Clippers drafted Odom fourth in 1999. He spent four seasons there and seven seasons with the Lakers. He spent one season with Dallas.

tidbits: When New Orleans took Duke PG Austin Rivers 10th, it marked the 11th consecutive year the son of a former NBA player was drafted. His dad is Celtics coach Doc Rivers. … PG Damian Lillard, taken sixth by Portland, is the first player from Weber State drafted since Willard Sojourner at No. 20 by Chicago in 1972. … Kentucky's six picks tied UNLV's record set in 1977. … North Carolina had four players taken among the first 17. UNC (2005) and Duke (1999) hold the record of four taken among the first 14.

Warriors: Coach Mark Jackson said he and his family were the targets of an extortion attempt related to an extramarital affair six years ago. The Smoking Gun website reported a former stripper, Alexis Adams, possessed nude photographs of Jackson and she and Marcus Shaw, who also was arrested, wanted money to keep them from becoming public. Jackson, who also is an ordained minister, said he "regrettably" paid the Shaw an undisclosed amount. After the man emailed him two weeks later asking for more money, Jackson told the team, which called the FBI.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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