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Charlotte 49ers G Pierria Henry brings ‘dogfight’ mentality to Hornets workout

Pierria Henry shoots free throws with other players at the Charlotte Hornets pre-draft workout on Tuesday.
Pierria Henry shoots free throws with other players at the Charlotte Hornets pre-draft workout on Tuesday. ddeaton@charlotteobserver.com

Former Charlotte 49ers guard Pierria Henry says good offense always beats good defense.

But given Henry’s profound impact on the defensive end of the floor for the 49ers, it’s his defensive skills that will likely determine his basketball future.

“I just bring a defensive mentality, a dogfight, guarding 94 feet and making my opponent work for everything he gets,” said Henry, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard, after a pre-NBA draft workout with the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.

Henry’s school-record 296 career steals are evidence of his defensive prowess. But to succeed at the NBA level, he knows he’ll need to make a few adjustments.

“It’s a long season, so I would have a lot to learn, like how to take care of my body, be smart and pick my places where I could do that,” he said.

As for where he could be a good fit, Henry said the Hornets’ pace of play matches his style. Having also finished his career as the 49ers’ all-time assist leader, he said he could ensure Charlotte center Al Jefferson receives enough touches.

But no matter where he plays, Henry says his defensive approach will follow.

“I’m not going to change my style just because I’ve got money in my pocket or anything like that,” he said. “It’s the way I play the game.”

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