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John Henson is heading for the top five

Updated: December 9, 2010, 3:33 PM ET
By David Thorpe

One of the most debated points among draftniks each spring is, "Which skillsets are most transferable from college to the pros?" Is it pure scoring? Great perimeter shooting? Ability to get to the free throw line? Rebounding? Defense?

But there is no debating the impact extremely long players can make defensively. The defensive changes the league went to a few years back, coupled with the evolution of defensive-minded coaches combine to make NBA Ds tougher to score against, provided they have the right material on the floor. And the strategies overwhelmingly value freakishly long players who know how to use their length (having quick feet helps) to change the shots of offensive players and inhibit dribble/passing penetration. What does all this mean? Well, for one, it means that John Henson is rated too low on everyone's mock draft board.

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