Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTSBRIEFING -

John Hen­son is bat­tling his weight. The lean, 6-foot-10inch, North Carolina sopho­more for­ward from Round Rock is desperately try­ing to bulk up.

So, Hen­son tries to eat six to seven meals a day and spends four days a week in the weight room with team strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Jonas Sahra­tian.

Hen­son is up to about 210 pounds af­ter ar­riv­ing at Chapel Hill weigh­ing 183. But it’s a fight ev­ery step of the way.

“He’s been the one guy I’ve prob­a­bly sat up the most at night, pulling my hair out and prob­a­bly giv­ing me more gray hair, go­ing, ‘OK, What do I have to do with him?’” Sahra­tian said. “Be­cause, he’s kind of like a wet noo­dle. You can’t sculpt a peb­ble. He’s got the most mi­nus­cule joints you’ve ever seen. His waist is like a wasp’s waist. Most girls would kill for it.’’

Hen­son’s sum­mer rou­tine is to eat a huge break­fast, then hit Sub­way for lunch, Chipo­tle for a bur­rito af­ter study hall and steaks for din­ner. With late-night pro­tein shakes. The rule is sim­ple and en­vi­able: Eat when­ever he feels even a touch of hunger.

“The nutrition coach told me to eat any­thing that swims, runs, jumps or flies,” Hen­son said.

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