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Henry brothers in no hurry

April 3, 2009

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There was no family meeting at the Henry household on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

“He got delayed at the airport by bad weather,” University of Memphis freshman walk-on guard C.J. Henry said of brother Xavier, Rivals.com’s No. 3-rated high school player out of Putnam City High. Xavier played in the McDonald’s All-America game Wednesday night in Miami, with plans to head home Thursday morning.

C.J. and Xavier originally had hoped to meet with their parents to discuss their college options now that former Memphis coach John Calipari has moved on to the University of Kentucky.

Xavier signed a letter of intent with Memphis last November; C.J. took a red shirt this season — because of various injuries — at the Conference USA school.

“Maybe tomorrow, or over the weekend,” C.J., said, asked when the family will meet.

He said he didn’t think there’d be news of any kind to report before Sunday or Monday.

C.J. Henry, who orally committed to play at KU his senior year of high school before signing a pro contract with the New York Yankees, said the Henry brothers may or may not wind up at the same school.

“It’s still up in the air. We might stay here (Memphis). I don’t know. I’ll wait and see who they get (as next coach),” C.J. Henry said. “I’ve heard a few names. Both of us might be coming to Memphis. It depends what coach they bring in. I don’t know right now. We might end up at different schools. One situation might be best for me. One might be best for him. Or we could be together.”

Both could consider Kansas.

“Yes. I mean, it’s another school that is high on both of our lists. We will look at every school,” C.J. said.

That includes Calipari’s new school, Kentucky.

“Yes because I came here to play for coach Calipari, and my brother signed with coach Calipari. I’m sure we’ll talk about that,” C.J. Henry said.

C.J. Henry said he had not spoken with KU coach Bill Self about what he and/or his brother might do. He has talked to little brother, Xavier, a bit, however.

“It’s up in the air. He’s open to anybody,” C.J. said. “He just said he will open it up. He may end up at Duke,” he added, laughing.

Xavier told reporters after the McDonald’s game that he likely would make a campus visit to Kentucky and another to KU before finalizing his decision. He also said he would not be attending Memphis.

C.J., who was in Memphis Thursday night, said he’d try to return to Okie City for the family get-together today or Saturday.

“There’s no timetable. We just want to make the right decision,” C.J. Henry said.

It has been speculated 6-foot-3 combo guard C.J. Henry may want to wait to see whether Sherron Collins returns to KU for his senior season before possibly committing to the Jayhawks. C.J. said he’s looking for playing time next year.

“It will probably factor in. We’ll talk about it when we analyze every school,” said C.J., who believes he will not be required to sit out a year if he transfers to another school because of an NCAA loophole. “I want to play next year.”

Notes:

Stephenson update

The New York Daily News on Thursday reported that Xavier Henry is the reason Lance Stephenson remains undecided on a college. Sources close to Stephenson told the paper that KU prefers landing Henry over Stephenson.

A source told The Daily News it’s a “logical assumption” that KU’s pursuit of Henry made Stephenson postpone his commitment announcement (Tuesday) and take a stronger look at St.John’s.

There were reports on Kansas City radio station 810 Thursday that Stephenson is now upset at KU’s coaching staff with the possibility of him visiting Kansas State and/or Missouri.

A source close to Stephenson told Zagsblog.net that the player’s list of schools has not been expanded. His choices remain KU, St. John’s and Maryland. Zagsblog’s source said if Sherron Collins returns to school and Xavier Henry lands at Kansas, “they (Stephenson family) don’t know what they are getting into at Kansas (as far as playing time).”

Honors coming for Self

It’s the unofficial “Bill Self Appreciation Day” today in Detroit, site of the 2009 Final Four.

KU’s sixth-year coach this morning will receive the Henry Iba Award at the United States Basketball Writers breakfast at the Detroit Athletic Club. The Iba Award goes to the organization’s coach of the year.

Later in the morning, Self is the odds-on favorite to be named Associated Press national coach of the year. Winning the prestigious AP award would net Self a $50,000 bonus at KU. It’s one of the incentives in his 10-year contract that nets him $3 million per annum. He also netted $50,000 for directing his team to the Big 12 regular season crown.

Self also was named Big 12 coach of the year, Sporting News and Yahoo Sports coach of the year.

Hall of Fame

Eight individuals will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 22 at the College Basketball Experience in KC. They are players Wayman Tisdale (Oklahoma), Magic Johnson (Michigan State), Larry Bird (Indiana State) and Travis Grant (Kentucky). Coaches to be inducted are Jud Heathcote (Michigan State) and Gene Bartow (Memphis State, UCLA, UAB). Bill Wall (executive director USA Basketball) and Walter Byers (NCAA director) also will be inducted.

Comments

Confrontation 5 years ago

You saw what happened the last time we had a CJ. Xavier needs to detach himself from his brother and come to Kansas.

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jmonley 5 years ago

I have no problem waiting for the Henry to decide. If they lose Stephenson as a result, so be it. I have been amazed that KU was ever on this guy to begin with from what I saw of antics on ESPN and at the McD's game. His actions and body languange dont look good at all. I dont remember seeing any player we recruited look as uninterested at winning the game as Lance looked in his ESPN game earlier this year. He just quit and looked for his jumper and breakaways. It was embarrassing to watch and hope I never have to see him do it in Crimson and Blue...whether we get Xavier Henry or not.

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jspawk 5 years ago

What the heck is going on? It sounds like to me that CJ wants to play somewhere where he will be starting or receiving ample playing time, but Xavier would start and definitely receive ample playing time. I believe that's why Xavier changed his mind because Calipari hinted to CJ that he would receive the playing time.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll land either of them now. Why? because we pissed Lance off and Xavier's brother CJ is being selfish.

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couranna1 5 years ago

Yes and both would have been if their draft position had been projected high enough

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CReynolds57 5 years ago

I said it yesterday. KU needs to go with the kid thats ready to make a decision. We don't write kids off for baggage, we just need to do our best to make sure that their baggage is not going to follow them. Coach Self has pretty much proven himself in this area. He is great at talent development, and x and o. However, I am a little concerned about recruiting. I just think we need tell Stephenson the spot is his, and tell the Henry brothers thanks for "considering" us, but this kid WANTS to come here. We are going to end up without either of them. Unless our "top five" recruiting class from last year improves and learns when to take a shot, we are going to have a tough time if either Sherron or Cole leave.

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BigDog 5 years ago

The one and done is so overblown ..... only a few players end up doing that each year. It doesn't always work out that way .... once they get to college where you play against teams that have several players close to their level of ability or their game doesn't transfer as well to college as player thought it would.

Remember Brandon Rush was considered a "one and done" player also by himself and media

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

"They need to consider academics, options in their field of interest, Architecture, Physics, Public Administration, Divinity school. "

I think both are considering only how soon their NBA career will begin.

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wolfy 5 years ago

Everyone needs to stay calm. Bill Self is a master at brinkmanship recruiting. And he would have just taken the bird in hand (Stephenson) if he did not believe there was an excellent opportunity with X. Henry. CJ's comment about Sherron Collins is interesting, though. While X might have a place in the starting line-up waiting for him, CJ still would have a lot of work to do to win the PG position, even if Sherron decides to leave.

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couranna1 5 years ago

Easy does it if you believe that you need a meeting or a drink

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couranna1 5 years ago

both these dudes are one and done we do not want CJ as he is not that talented. Xavier will follow Coach Calipari he is just taking his time so he acts like he thought about it Stephenson is a one and done so he wants to know he will be showcased so he wants to see what Sherron does first. Go to St Johns dud(e) Get your a** kicked in the Big East be a late first round pick and enjoy the NBDL Done deal

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Tony Kisner 5 years ago

What is with all the negativity? It appears that the Henry boys are considering their future in the same way many other college bound kids do. They need to consider academics, options in their field of interest, Architecture, Physics, Public Administration, Divinity school. You well intentioned folks need to back-off, this is an important step in a young persons life.

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mom_of_three 5 years ago

I know there are kids who come to college for one year and are ready to make the leap to the nba. But I really don't like the "one and done" college players. What's the point, other than the NBA is making you wait a year to go to the NBA.

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logrithmic 5 years ago

I wish I had an opinion. I agree, the Henry's should have pushed their sons to come to KU. I'm uneasy that they seem reluctant to come to Lawrence.

Stephenson has been very up front - 1 year and then turn pro. He clearly wants to be a starter - guaranteed for signing. Given Taylor's performance in the tournament, I think that there is certainly room. But I agree with the sentiment that just by showing up you don't get to start.

Still, Stephenson would no doubt make our team much stronger.

This is why Coach gets paid the big bucks.

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Pilgrim2 5 years ago

RickSuttle (Anonymous) says…

We should have taken Lance and dumped these clowns a week ago.


You gonna volunteer to carry the baggage he'll bring with him? You gonna be the one to make him play as part of a team instead of as a prima donna?

Every report I've read and heard says Stephenson is going to be a coach's nightmare and probably toxic in the locker room, but that Xavier Henry is coachable and will do what needs to be done to fit in.

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alamohawk 5 years ago

These two guys sound like trouble. I never understood why they chose Memphis over KU in the first place. Their parents both were key players for the Men and Womens Basketball team in the 80's yet they choose MEMPHIS? Stay away from these guys... I smell a NCAA Investigation.

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justaverage 5 years ago

We need TEAM players, not prima-donnas! The fact that the Henry boys even have to think about going somewhere else knowing their dad played here tells me they aren't team players. We'll find other players. Have fun at some other school boys.

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Scott Bonnet 5 years ago

Enough already! We should have taken Lance and dumped these clowns a week ago. They didn't want to come here. Why should we want them now? Stupid move Bill.

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sundancewierdo 5 years ago

do these guys think they are granted playing time for just showing up? do these guys think that playing on a hsit team in a hsit conference will get them nba ready? maybe they should look at all the guys self coached and look at how well they are doing in the nba.

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