HENDERSON VOTED MOST IMPROVED: Alan Henderson of the Atlanta Hawks, who missed most of last season because of an inflamed pancreas, was voted the NBA's most improved player Thursday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds and shot .485 from the field, all career highs, following a season in which he was sidelined for 51 games.His overall scoring average was 7.9 points higher than his career average.

Henderson received 33 votes from a national panel of media members. Sacramento's Corliss Williamson was second with 25 votes and Golden State's Donyell Marshall finished third with 24.

CARTER TO GO PRO: Vince Carter will become the second North Carolina player in a week to leave the Tar Heels for the NBA, two sources close to the basketball program told The Associated Press.

The 6-foot-7 forward scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to announce whether he will leave school a year early. National player of the year Antawn Jamison announced Monday he would forgo his senior season.

Carter averaged 15.6 points last season while shooting 59 percent.