John Henson doesn't have to worry about making a New Year's resolution about finding a college home this year. The five-star junior from Round Rock (Texas) decided to end his recruitment on Thursday.
Henson gave a verbal commitment to North Carolina after visiting the ACC school.
"I like coach (Roy) Williams a lot," Henson said. "My dad and I had a talk recently about my decision and decided that it was time to end it."
The slender power forward drips long term potential. His upside mixed with his current production intrigued some of the top basketball programs in the nation. Henson said he also strongly considered Texas and UCLA.
"When I called coach Williams, he was ecstatic about it," Henson said. "I really like their style of play and I liked their team a lot. I got along really well with everyone there when I visited. They treated me like a person and someone that could be a part of their family."
Henson was born in Greensboro and he said his grandparents and his mother's side of the family are only an hour away from Chapel Hill.
"It's going to be nice to go back home," Henson said.
North Carolina's rich history had a lot to do with his decision, too, he said.
"It's a pretty good feeling to know that I can go somewhere with that type of prestige. Part of going there and playing in their shadows is making your own memories and putting your name in the history books, too," he said.
Henson is averaging a cool double-double this year, posting 22 points and 12 rebounds a game. He is the first player to commit to North Carolina in the class of 2009.