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Henry wants to go to KU, father says

April 4, 2009


The Xavier Henry soap opera continues to roll on

Top recruit Xavier Henry has still not decided on a college. Enlarge video

Things are looking positive for Kansas University in the crazy, ever-changing Xavier Henry sweepstakes.

Henry’s dad, Carl, said Friday that his son, who asked for a release from his letter-of-intent with the University of Memphis, most definitely wants to be a Jayhawk.

“I believe what it comes down to is Xavier wants to go to KU,” former KU guard Carl Henry said of Xavier, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, who is’s No. 3-rated player nationally.

Xavier Henry signed with Memphis in November but will be allowed to transfer without sitting out a year because of an agreement he had with the school that said he would be released from his letter if coach John Calipari took another job. Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky earlier this week.

Carl Henry said Xavier’s brother, Memphis freshman walk-on guard C.J. Henry, also wants to attend KU, but may have to remain at Memphis if he wants to play next season. C.J. would be able to practice, but not play in games next season, if he transferred to KU in accordance with NCAA rules.

There is an appeals process C.J. can go through, however, to try to gain instant eligibility in Lawrence. C.J. didn’t play a minute at Memphis this season because of a broken foot.

“C.J. doesn't want to sit out. He wants to play,” Carl said. “Basically if he transfers, we don’t think C.J. will be able to play. We will not know for sure until we talk to a couple lawyers. I don’t think it’s fair he has to sit out a year. The school is not paying for his scholarship. The Yankees (who signed him out of high school) are paying for it. He didn’t play all year. He should be able to go to Kansas and play right away.

“If C.J. decides to play, he will either play at Memphis or possibly wait for an appeal (after transferring). If the appeal didn’t work out, he’d have to sit out the year at Kansas.”

Carl said C.J. would not be happy at KU if he had to sit out next season. “He really wants to play,” Carl said.

Xavier, meanwhile, is committed to entering the NBA Draft after one year in college. Carl said NBA scouts told him his son actually was physically ready for the league his junior year in high school. Carl Henry said Xavier should have his release from Memphis on Monday. That would free him to contact coach Bill Self about a possible transfer.

“It should all be settled in the next two or three weeks,” Carl said, noting he did not believe Kentucky was a possibility for either son.

He said Xavier could play at KU and C.J. at Memphis; both could play at KU or both could play at Memphis depending on the new coach.

Carl said Friday that Xavier wanted to attend KU all along. He signed with Memphis in November so he could keep the family together, playing with brother, C.J., who was a late arrival at Memphis at the end of minor league baseball season.

“He chose family,” Carl Henry said.

Brooklyn, N.Y., wing Lance Stephenson remains undecided between KU, St. John’s and Maryland. There are rumors Daniel Orton, a 6-10 forward from Oklahoma City, might consider KU if he decides to ask for a release from his Kentucky letter-of-intent.


LiberalDude 8 years, 10 months ago

This is a good start. Now we need Xavier to say, "Xavier is going to KU".

stuckinthemiddle 8 years, 10 months ago

you're only allowed 13 scholarships... I'm looking at the roster and if both Aldrich and Collins stay and with Withey and Robinson added that gives the team 13 scholarship players next year without Henry...

will one of the scholarship players be asked to give up their scholarship to make room for Henry?

Collins Aldrich Morningstar Reed Thomas MC Morris MK Morris Taylor Releford Appleton Little Withey - transfer from Arizona Robinson - signed recruit

I could be wrong about this list but I believe these are the scholarship players

BigDog 8 years, 10 months ago

They also have Elijah Johnson signed

Satirical 8 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone know if red-shirting a scholarship player opens up that slot? If so I would definitely red-shirt a few of the soon to be sophmores.

stuckinthemiddle 8 years, 10 months ago

BigDog - damn... see I forgot about Johnson... so... we they seem to be a scholarship short already...

Satircal - I believe if you're red-shirted you're sill on scholarship... one of the 13 allowed...

d_prowess 8 years, 10 months ago

ChiHawkInKS, with Morningstar giving up his scholarship, we are fine as long as we don't sign anyone else. But if we do, why do you think Travis or Thomas would leave? Is that pure speculation on your part because I have heard no one even hint at that being a possibility?

beawolf 8 years, 10 months ago

"But if we do, why do you think Travis or Thomas would leave?" .... Neither received the PT they were expecting. Thomas is going to have to compete with the Morris Twins and Little for PT next year and it doesn't look good especially if Aldrich stays and Withey is his primary sub. Releford could see more PT next year and could be an impact player by the time he's a junior, but he may still opt out if another opportunity arises. Reed and Morningstar may be in a similar position as well (reduced PT next year but major role players as seniors). And, of course THIS IS all speculation.

maxcrabb 8 years, 10 months ago

This is all too much for my head.

Now where did I put that 2008 championship dvd...?

greenworld 8 years, 10 months ago

Why doesnt everybody wait until Aldrich and Collins make their decision and also the Henry brothers make theirs and then we will know which way people are headed. Dont assume anthing. Hell, we didnt even know we had D Arthur until the next day as he was suppose to go to Baylor.

oldcat 8 years, 10 months ago

Why does KU need a one and done player?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

Self is in a pretty enviable position. If Aldrich and Collins come back, and they sign no one else but the three incoming freshmen who've already committed, (the Arizona transfer, Withey, will be a freshman) they'll almost surely be a better team than any teams that Stephenson or the Henry brothers find themselves on.

shadowbox66044 8 years, 10 months ago

I say get rid of Appleton and Thomas. Appleton - One of the reason we have not played him much is because we already have four other guards ( Collins, Taylor, Morningstar, Reed) who get most of the playing time. If Collins stays, we wont see much of Appleton again next year. Plus he's a senior so it's not like we can prep him for the future, he'll be gone after next year. Let's get him to give up his scholarship to a freshman that we can build around. Thomas - He is a raw talent with great strength. He's overpowering and quick on his feet. However, his defense needs work and so does his shooting. If given the right circumstances, he can develop into a starter for any college in the nation. But Robinson is going to be much better and he can come right out of the gate and give us what Thomas will give in two years.

Appleton and Thomas are good players but one will never shine, and the other needs to be tuned up. Let's get Henry in here and win another championship in a matter of a year or two.

Lee Eldridge 8 years, 10 months ago

KU is one over already if Collins and Aldrich stay. Obviously Self has assumed all along that Collins will go pro. And it's likely. He's as ready as he'll be. He won't affect his draft position much by staying another year.

It's been reported that Morningstar's willing to give up his scholarship and pay his way. If both Collins and Aldrich stay, and either Henry or Stephenson commit, then we're two over. One more scholarship will have to open up. Self has said that he won't ask anybody to leave. But several players will be so buried on the bench next year that I don't know why they'd stay. The most obvious people getting buried on the bench are: Thomas, Releford and Appleton. None will see the floor next year in a meaningful way. In particular I'd hate to lose Thomas out of these three. He's got the most upside.

davidsmom 8 years, 10 months ago

Nothing against Xavier, but I would rather have a player who intends to stay more than one year, or who is at least willing to consider more than one year.

jayhawklawrence 8 years, 10 months ago

If you are going to get NBA millions in a couple of years and you get a shot at playing for an NCAA national championship game, why do you also get a free ride by knocking out another player's scholarship.

Winning isn't the only important thing in life. Winning the right way is more important. You cannot have a class program if you don't keep promises and commitments and handle these delicate issues correctly.

Rickyonealku 8 years, 10 months ago

One step at a time Mr. Henry if the NBA people are telling your son he was ready then maybe rather than get all us Kansas Basketball people wishing????? your son should just jump to the NBA now????

Bursting 8 years, 10 months ago

I thought college was about education

wolfy 8 years, 10 months ago

My guess is that Cole will go pro and Morningstar will pay his own way next year. A transfer also is possible. Sherron has to come back, drop down to about 185 lbs., and prove he can stay there. At 205 lbs. Sherron is able to overpower college guards on offense. But the extra weight is a problem on defense. This is evident whenever he has to guard talents like Woodside (NDS) or Flynn (Syracuse). Without Cole, the best possible scenario might be to land Orton.

shadowbox66044 8 years, 10 months ago

Rickyonealku (Anonymous) says…

"One step at a time Mr. Henry if the NBA people are telling your son he was ready then maybe rather than get all us Kansas Basketball people wishing????? your son should just jump to the NBA now????"

Rules of the NBA; * The minimum age for entry into the NBA is 19; players must have their nineteenth (or later) birthday in the calendar year of the draft in order to be eligible; * Players who completed basketball eligibility at a U.S. high school, regardless of their nationality, must be at least one year removed from high school.

ALSO....jayhawklawrence, winning is important! I don't want the days of Roy Williams to return, where we were the regular season champions but never finished as the tournament champions.

justaverage 8 years, 10 months ago

It is nice that KU is Xavier's second choice. In terms of tradition, Memphis shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as KU, but I'm biased. Go Michigan State, beat UNC!!!

justaverage 8 years, 10 months ago

Bursting - college is about education. If you were enrolled in the School of Business and a Fortune 100 company offered you one million dollars to leave school after your sophomore year to work for them, would you take the offer? If your answer is no, then you are an idiot. Get the point?

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