Gerald Henderson was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the 12th pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft. The former Duke co-captain will trade the joys of dunking on Terrapins with the rigors of an 82 game season against the world’s best.
The Chronicle got the chance to (very) briefly interview an elated, and weary, Henderson after he was picked. A transcript of the exchange follows:
How do you feel right now?
I feel great, I feel great. This is the best day of my life.
Have you had a chance to talk to your dad about it yet?
No, I’ve been running around doing media stuff since I got picked, so I haven’t really had a chance to talk to my family yet.
Are you happy to be in Charlotte?
Yeah man, I’m going to be close to Duke. I’ll have a lot of Duke fans supporting me, and it’s going to be great.
What are you going to miss most about Duke, and what part about being there helped you most for the NBA?
I’m going to miss my teammates. I’ve grown some really good relationships and friendships there, and I’m really going to miss them. Going into the NBA, I think my athleticism will be a big thing, and learning from Coach K was a huge thing.