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Microphone may tell if John Henson can play with injured wrist

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It may not be the most foolproof medical test ever conceived, but, for what it’s worth, John Henson can hold a microphone.

With questions lingering about whether a wrist injury will keep him out of Sunday evening’s Round of 32 matchup with Creighton, a report from the AP gave an anecdotal spin to the question everyone is asking.

While holding a microphone for a locker room interview with teammates, a reporter mentioned that Henson seemed to only be holding the microphone in his uninjured hand.

“I can hold it with my left,” he said, switching hands. “Want to see me? There you go.”

North Carolina has Henson listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Creighton, but with forward Doug McDermott on the radar, the Tar Heels could certainly use his length inside.

Henson has not played in the last three games, after injuring his wrist against Maryland on March 9.

James Michael McAdoo had a tough offensive game against Florida State in the ACC championship game as Henson’s fill-in, but came back against Vermont in the Round of 64 to score 17 points and grab six rebounds.

There is no true replacement for Henson, though, regardless of if McAdoo plays well. Henson is a Top 5 shotblocker in the country and, as a junior, brings the veteran presence that McAdoo cannot.

I doubt a microphone has ever correctly predicted the medical standing of a player before, but maybe today is the day. North Carolina certainly hopes so.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_