John Henson Bio – Early Life, Education, Basketball & Family

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The NBA is, without a doubt, the leading and best basketball league in the world, and every kid who dreams of basketball wants to play for the NBA.

John Henson has made a remarkable name for himself in the field of basketball at an early age.

John started basketball very early in his life and has worked with the biggest and professional basketball teams like Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons.

This basketball player has made a pretty good name for himself in basketball through his game sense and skills at such a young age.

Smiling John
Smiling John

Today, we will be diving deep into learning about the personal and professional life of John Henson. Let’s get started!

Quick Facts

Full Name John Allen Henson
Birth Date December 28, 1990
Birth Place Greensboro, North Carolina
Nick Nam Unknown
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Education Round Rock High School
Sickles High School
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Horoscope Capricorn
Father’s Name Matt Henson
Mother’s Name Annette Henson
Siblings Yes
Age 33 Years Old
Height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg)
Shoe Size Unknown
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Measurement Unknown
Body Atheltic
Married No
Girlfriend No
Children No
Profession Basketball Player
Currently Works At Detriot Pistons
Affiliations Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Power forward, Center
Net-Worth $18 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Merch Books
Last Update July, 2024

John Henson – Early Life, Family, and Education

John was born on December 28, 1990, somewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina, US. He is the son of proud parents Matt Henson and Annette Henson.

Henson spent his childhood spending time with his family and sister and creating beautiful memories in Greensboro.

John with His Mother
John with His Mother

Talking about his family members, Henson’s father, Matt Henson, is a former basketball player football at Norfolk State University. His sister Amber Henson also played basketball for Duke University.

According to his academic records, John joined Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, only for three years.

After that, he attended Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida. In 2009, he successfully graduated with his high school degree.

Later on, Henson attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. Moreover, after completing 4 years degree, he graduated from the university in 2012.

During his high school and university degree, John got the opportunity to play Basketball with various college and university teams, which we’ll discuss in the other section.

John Henson – Age, Height, and Physical Appearances

Currently active as a basketball player, John Henson has been in this industry since his high school days. As of now, John is 30 years with the Capricorn sun sign.

People believe that a person with the Capricorn sun sign is ambitious, organized, practical, goal-oriented, and they don’t mind the hustle.

In some sense, Henson also matches this character.

Young John
Young John

Similarly, the American professional basketball player stands at an impressive height of 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and weighs around 219 lb (99 kg).

Also, he has a muscular and fit physique that makes him look more imposing and attractive. Obviously, his look is incomplete with black hair and a black pair of eyes.

However, we cannot uncover information on the Basketball player’s shoe size, hobbies, and body measurement despite much research.

Born and growing up in America, he belongs to American nationality with Black ethnicity. But still, his religion is unknown to the public.

Eye Surgery 

Back in 2017, John Henson underwent minor eye surgery in Chicago under Dr. Parag Majmudar. Herewith, that took him around a week out of the games. 

Also, Thon Maker took his position to start the game against Phoenix due to his absence. 

The 2015 Jewelry Store Incident 

Back in October 2015, John Henson got an apology from the owner of the Wisconsin jewelry store.

Actually, as John went to the store, the employees there profiled him and denied giving him access to any services there. 

Not only this, but they even closed the store during business hours and called the police on him. Therewith, he was interrogated by the officers.

As Henson shared this incident on his Instagram account, it was revealed that the store has been robbed before.

Herewith, they were only suspicious of him. However, it really wasn’t a way to treat someone. Anyways, as the misunderstanding was cleared, the officer left, and the store resumed its services. 

Altogether, the store owner Thomas Dixon came to meet John Henson in the basketball training facility and apologized for it. 

John Henson – Basketball Career

Early Career

John started his early career in basketball after joining Sickles High School. He completed the senior season 2008-2009 with an average of 17.6 points,12.2 rebounds, and 6.1 blocks per game.

After playing against Tampa Bay Tech, John scored 29 points and led the team with 10-0 league records.

But John and his basketball team lost the match against Lakeland with a score of 48-43 in the regional semi-finals for the Florida FHSAA Class 6A championship.

John in Basketball Match
John in Basketball Match

Henson being one of the finest players among his team, was a first-team all-state selection and Tampa Bay Coaches Association Player of the Year.

The basketball player continued playing basketball with McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit.

He also earned first-team Parade All-American honors. This award is honored to the top high school basketball player boys in high school.

College Career

After joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Henson joined the university basketball team and began playing as a small forward for the 2009–10 Tar Heels.

Ed Davis, one of the professional basketball players, suffered from an injury due to which John moved to power forward in the mid of February 2010.

Day by day, John’s performance increased rapidly, and in the last 16 contests of the season, his average points became 9.4 per game.

During the second year of his university degree, i.e., 2010-11 season, the young player became the winner of the ACC Defensive player of the year award for 2011.

At that moment, he scored an average of 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game.

Again in the 2011-12 season, after scoring an average of 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game, John for one more time became ACC Defensive Player of the year 2012.

In the final year of his university degree in 2012, Henson was selected by the NBA draft.

Professional Career

After the university degree, John was affiliated with the NBA.

He was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks (One of the professional American basketball teams).

Henson signed the basketball contract with the Bucks on July 10, 2012.

When playing against Orlando Magic on April 10, 2013, Henson had his season-best game with an average score of 17 points, 25 rebounds, and 7 blocks with a win of 113-103.

Again defeating against Oklahoma City Thunder, the native American scored his highest 98 points with 98-95.

Henson Practicing Basketball
Henson Practicing Basketball

Henson extended his contract with the Bucks for the 2014-15 season on October 19, 2013. He finished the 2012-13 season with 11.1 points with 7.1 rebounds per game.

John again extended his contract with the Bucks for the 2015-16 seasons on October 16, 2014.

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The young basketball player completed his 2014-15 season, where he played 67 games with an average of 7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

He completed the fifth in the league for blocks per game with 2.01. This achievement led him to become the player scoring 2.0 blocks in a single season in Bucks history.

For one more time, John signed a four-year contract with Bucks. In the second season of 2015-16 season after defeating against New York Knicks, he scored 22 points off the bench in the win 99-92.

In the mid of the 2019 season, John won the game against Brooklyn Nets with a record of 12 rebounds, 7 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks with a 110-108 win.

On November 27, 2016, he scored the season’s highest 20 points with a 104-96 win over Orlando Magic.

With a win of 109-94 after defeating the Brooklyn Nets on February 4, 2018, John scored the season’s highest 19 points with 18 rebounds.

Unfortunately, on November 28, 2018, John underwent surgery for his left wrist torn ligament. So he was ruled out by the Bucks for nearly 12 weeks.

After Milwaukee Bucks, Henson joined Cleveland Cavaliers (an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland) and signed a two-year contract from 2018-2020.

Later, he plays basketball for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association(NBA). At present, John has signed a ten-day free agency contract with the New York Knicks. 

This news was initially let out by Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

Well, John was signed into the team after Knicks starting center Mitchell Robinson got into the injured list with a broken right foot. 

Life Outside Basketball Career

The young basketball player is an ambassador for Up2Us Sports. It is a national non-profit organization established to support underserved youth by providing them with coaches and training in positive youth development.

John Henson – Awards and Achievements

Through his utmost passion and dedication, John Henson has achieved heights of success in his career at a very young age. Some of Henson career highlights and achievements include:

  1. 2009 – Honored as Parade All-American top high school basketball player.
  2. 2011- 2012 – ACC Defensive Team of the year.
  3. 2011- 2012 – ACC Defensive Player of the year.

John Henson – Net Worth

As we all know, John started his basketball career quite early in his life. The talented basketball player has accumulated great fortune since his early days.

As per the source, Henson is earning a good amount of money from his basketball career.

It comes as no question that the NBA professional basketball player earns a handsome salary and has a wealthy amount of Net-Worth.


When John was affiliated with Milwaukee Bucks, he signed a four-year contract worth  $48,000,000 with a guaranteed sum of $44,000,000 and a bonus of $4,000,000, including an average annual salary of $12,000,000.

According to the reports, John’s average salary at Cleveland Cavaliers comes around the range of $10,577,466.

It seems that the young basketball player is earning really well and doing a great job. Henson’s salary at Detriot Pistons is estimated to be around $9,732,396.

John Enjoying Vacation
John Enjoying Vacation

Looking at this impressive net-worth and salary amount, it seems that the basketball player is enjoying and living a lavish life.

However, not much is disclosed about how he spends his salary, and he keeps this a secret. There is no information regarding his personal assets like his mansion, car, and other business involvement.

John Henson; Personal Life

Henson fans are very eager to know the hips and happenings in his life. However, John has a shadowed personal life.

Unlike every celebrity, he also likes to keep his private life away from the public; hence, not much information is available.

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As of now, the young basketball player is not dating anyone, nor he’s rumored with any other girls.

John is a young boy who is still single and has yet to find someone to share his life with. Henson is more focusing on his growing career than his love life.

John Henson’s Social Media

The American basketball player is very active on social media. Henson has undoubtedly created thousands of fans and followers over the years as he progressed on his journey.

John uses social media platforms to provide information to fans about his basketball career activities.

On Instagram, Henson is available as johnhenson31 and has around 77.8K followers. His Instagram posts are mostly related to his working place and colleagues.

One can also see Rick posting pictures of his vacation that he spends in different places and doing his favorite activities.

Also, his account is well organized and looks clean. At present, he has shared nearly 89 posts on his Instagram account.

On Twitter, John is available as @Johnhenson31 making around 113.3K followers at present. He had joined the site in October 2010 and had tweeted around 12.6K tweets until now.

Moreover, he occasionally keeps it updated with stuff related to the gaming world and personal life activities.

Some FAQs

What college did John Henson go to? What is his college stat?

John Henson went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As for his game statistic in college, John Henson maintained 109 goals with 10.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.0 assists.

What NBA team does John Henson play for?

Henson plays for Detroit Pistons.

Where does John Henson reside?

John Henson resides in North Carolina, US.

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