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Xavier Henry involved in car accident

Prep standout suffers fractured cheekbone

October 22, 2008, 8:14 p.m. Updated October 22, 2008, 9:52 p.m.

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— Xavier Henry, Rivals.com's No. 3-rated high school basketball player nationally, was injured in a car accident Wednesday in the Oklahoma City area.

Xavier's dad, Carl Henry, told CBSsportline.com that his son suffered a fractured cheekbone that will keep him sidelined at least two weeks. CBSsportsline.com reported that Xavier will have surgery on his face when swelling subsides and will wear a protective mask during games this season.

Carl Henry said Xavier, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Putnam City High, "was feeling OK" while resting in the hospital.

Later, Xavier's mom, Barbara Adkins, told the Daily Oklahoman her son had been released from the hospital. She would not elaborate on her son's injuries.

The Daily Oklahoman reported that Henry - who will attend either Kansas University or Memphis on a basketball scholarship - was driving a vehicle occupied by three other Putnam City students Wednesday afternoon. The students were on their way to an elementary school as part of a leadership program, Putnam City coach A.D. Burtschi told the Oklahoman.

He was the only student involved in the accident taken to the hospital, Burtschi told the Oklahoman.

"Forget about recruiting. We just hope he and the other students involved are OK," KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Wednesday night.

Dan Wolken of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Xavier's brother, Memphis freshman C.J. Henry, left practice "in a hurry" Wednesday to return to Oklahoma City to be with his brother. C.J. is out until late December because of a broken foot.

Carl Henry on Wednesday morning told Rivals.com that Xavier and family members would meet on Friday night to discuss Xavier's college options. They hoped to announce a college choice next week. This was before the accident took place.

"We just need to sit down as a family and talk. I really have no idea what Xavier is going to do. It's going to be his decision," Carl Henry told Rivals.com hours before the accident.

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