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Xavier Henry calls news conference for 11:15 a.m. Thursday to announce college choice

Many sources say top-rated recruit will choose Kansas

KU recruit Xavier Henry, right, and brother C.J. take in the Late Night festivities in this 2005 file photo. C.J. was admitted to KU on Tuesday.

KU recruit Xavier Henry, right, and brother C.J. take in the Late Night festivities in this 2005 file photo. C.J. was admitted to KU on Tuesday.

April 22, 2009, 11:18 a.m. Updated April 23, 2009, 12:00 a.m.

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Locals are referring to Thursday morning’s main event as “Xavier Henry Press Conference Part Deux.”

Henry, a 6-foot-6 blue-chip McDonald’s All-American who is the country’s No. 8-rated high school basketball senior according to Rivals.com, for the second time in five months will announce his college choice in front of print and electronic media types, family and friends at 11:15 a.m. today in Putnam City High’s gym.

Back on Nov. 18, the selection was Memphis.

This time, sources say — barring any late change of heart — it’s Kansas University.

The Journal-World — as well as Foxsports.com, ESPN.com, CBSsportsline.com, Rivals.com, Zagsblog.net, Daily Oklahoman, Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, Memphis Commercial-Appeal as well as several other Kansas media outlets and Kentucky recruiting Web sites — have sources close to the Henry family saying KU won out this time over Kentucky and Memphis.

Coaches from all three schools have been informed of Henry’s choice. Xavier’s brother, C.J. Henry, a 6-foot-3 red-shirt freshman nonscholarship guard at Memphis, also is expected to move over to KU.

The New York Yankees will continue to pay for C.J.’s schooling, and he will not count against the scholarship limit of 13.

“They (brothers) want to get it over with. We (parents) want to get it over with,” Carl Henry, father of the Henry brothers, said of the second recruiting saga, which started April 1, when Memphis coach John Calipari left the Conference USA school for Kentucky.

That’s when the Henrys asked to be released from their letters of intent.

Xavier, who averaged 28.7 points and 6.9 rebounds a game this past season for state-champion Putnam City High, scored 14 points in the McDonald’s game and 22 points off 7-of-12 shooting (including six made threes) for Team USA in the Nike Hoops Summit.

Henry’s dad, Carl, told the Journal-World that NBA scouts indicated Xavier was “physically ready” for the pros his junior year of high school.

“He knows the game,” Carl Henry said.

He’s considered a certain “one and done” college player.

“He’s told me it’s for one year. He gets upset when I’ve said he might like it and stay two,” Carl Henry said with a laugh.

Recruiting analysts love Xavier’s game.

“The way his body is defined ... it’s an NBA body,” said Shay Wildeboor of Rivals.com, referring to the 210-pounder. “He has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc. When he is at his best, he can shoot, score off the bounce, has a mid-range game and excels in transition.”

He expects to fill a need at the wing position in KU’s rotation.

“Last year, teams talked about stopping Sherron (Collins) and Cole (Aldrich). A lot of times there was no third scoring option — sometimes Tyshawn (Taylor), Brady (Morningstar),” Wildeboor said. “This gives them a legitimate third scoring option, that and so much more.”

If Henry commits today — he can’t sign another letter and will not be bound to KU until first day of class this summer — he would fill KU’s scholarship allotment of 13.

The Jayhawks are believed still to be pursuing Raleigh, N.C., point guard John Wall, who is considering Duke, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Baylor and others.

It is believed Lance Stephenson, a 6-6 guard/forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., who has narrowed his list to KU, Maryland and St. John’s, now will not attend KU. Zagsblog.net reports that the Stephenson camp was keeping a low profile Wednesday amid reports of Henry heading to KU.

Carl says: Carl Henry, who spoke to the Journal-World on Wednesday morning, would not confirm reports of his sons choosing KU.

He was a bit more direct when reached by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“If I was a betting man, I’d bet 100 percent my kids will go to Kansas,” Carl told reporter Jerry Tipton.

Carl Henry told Tipton much of the decision came down to Xavier and C.J.'s mother, Barbara, who wanted to be close enough to see her children play often.

“To me, they don’t want to buck the system,” Carl Henry told Tipton. “There is no way they want to see their mother unhappy.”

After being told that his “100 percent comment”would make headlines, Carl Henry backed off just a bit.

“Make it 70 percent," Henry said with a laugh to Tipton.

About today’s news conference: Putnam City basketball coach and athletic director A.D. Burtschi said Wednesday that Xavier will make a brief statement, take a couple of questions, then speak to print reporters, followed by TV reporters at the news conference. It’s possible C.J. Henry will be made available on the phone.

KU coach Bill Self will not be able to comment on the Henry commitment until the player attends classes at KU.

Will he sit out ... or won’t he?: C.J. Henry, who sat out last season at Memphis because of a broken bone in his foot, would come to KU as a walk-with the Yankees paying for his schooling as part of the contract he signed in 2005. C.J. will appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility. Normally recruits must sit out a year after making a transfer.

“He will be able to play,” Carl Henry said. He explained that because his son initiated recruiting contact with Memphis and the Yanks paid his tuition, there is a “one-time eligibility rule” that will allow him to play in games in the 2009-10 season.

Scouting report: Here’s what draftexpress.com had to say about Xavier Henry on April 16: “After a solid showing at the McDonald's game, Henry managed to take some time to put his recruiting situation out of his mind, and entered this week with a solid focus. This paid off for the talented wing, who lead Team USA in scoring (at Nike Summit) and showed some very nice skills in the process. Eighteen of Henry’s 22 points came from behind the three point line, where he shows good form and a quick release. The lefty shoots the ball with a great deal of confidence as well, and has no reservations about taking another shot, even if he badly missed the last one. The rest of his points came on one drive to the hoop where he displayed solid body control, and another finish on a basket cut in the half-court.

“He needs to further develop his ball-skills before he should be considered NBA ready, and a more polished mid-range game would be a nice step as well. He has a strong body, good size, and impressive defensive tools, however, and should ease into the role of shooting specialist very comfortably wherever he ends up next season.”

Comments

Satirical 5 years, 4 months ago

Hip Hip Hooray!

Final Four bound in 2010!

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missmagoo 5 years, 4 months ago

Yessss, I hope these reports are right! Should we sign the Henry boys.. 2010 National Champions for sure :)

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justthefacts 5 years, 4 months ago

Unless X has changed his mind about wanting to play where his brother does, OR CJ has gotten the "all-clear" to play for KU next year, OR CJ has decided he can stand to sit out another year, why are you assuming it will "good" news (we get them to play)? Their dad's comments haven't been the most accurate. Let's just wait and see.

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oldcat 5 years, 4 months ago

Fact is, we don't need them.

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Kevin Sontag 5 years, 4 months ago

To quote The Wolf from Pulp Fiction, "Let's not start sucking each other's [lollipops] quite yet." They still gotta play the games. We'll be the favorite for sure, and with that comes all the pressure of being the favorite. If we want another banner, our boys are going to have to earn it!

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rockchalkjaywalk 5 years, 4 months ago

Did anybody else get a text from Espn saying... "ESPN NCAAB - Reports: G Xavier Henry (ranked No. 3 ESPNU) will attend Kansas; brother C.J. also headed to Kansas" ?

I got this today at 1:23pm.... Next season is going to be one long highlight reel. Living the dream in 2010.

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CLARKKENT 5 years, 4 months ago

KU DOES NOT NEED THEM, IN FACT, MAY CAUSE MORE TROUBLE THAN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

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tonymontana 5 years, 4 months ago

With the randomness of a one-and-done tournament, most talented does not always equate to a national title.

1997...

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poppygirl 5 years, 4 months ago

FOXSports is reporting that one of the country's top basketball recruits has agreed to become a Jayhawk.

Xavier Henry and his older brother, C.J., will attend KU instead of Kentucky, according to FOXSports' multiple sources.

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Shardwurm 5 years, 4 months ago

At the same conference I'll be announcing where I'm going for lunch on Friday.

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Douglas Yetman 5 years, 4 months ago

All of the focus has been on Xavier for good reason. But does anyone recall how highly touted CJ was? I don't I remember him being a "good" recruit and being Carl's kid, but I don't remember him being "all world." Anyone want to chime in?

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Linda Aikins 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm glad it's settled! Now, let's play ball!

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Boston_Corbett 5 years, 4 months ago

If I were the Henry boys I would outright lie to the LJW and other sportswriters, just to teach them a lesson: stop calling

How ridiculous all of this is.

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Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 4 months ago

Shardwurm, nice. Boston_Corbett, not nice.

Henry Bros. You're about to have the time of your lives. So are we.

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Tony Kisner 5 years, 4 months ago

This is no good, I have open heart surgery scheduled at 11:00. Where is my docotor's number must reschedule.

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think_about_it 5 years, 4 months ago

If you don't know about the vacancies then you really should change your name edjayhawk. Your not much of a fan.

What does the ed stand for? It seems that there is a disease that is called ED. Oh yeah there is :-o

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KU_PU 5 years, 4 months ago

Can't wait to watch you losers underachieve again next season....

KU - Stuck in the middle of a cow pasture with nothing for people to do but get high and worship their college basketball team....

Pathetic!

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KU_PU 5 years, 4 months ago

tonymontana (Anonymous) says…

With the randomness of a one-and-done tournament, most talented does not always equate to a national title.

1997…

Who says KU is most talented?

Please get real....

Stephenson is better than both Henry brothers combined....

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jonas_opines 5 years, 4 months ago

tonymontana (Anonymous) says…

"With the randomness of a one-and-done tournament, most talented does not always equate to a national title.

1997…"

For the win. Let's try and stay sane about all of this. haha.

Oh, and obvious troll is obvious, but ku pu can be written in Mandarin to mean "Crying waterfalls." 哭瀑 and "Garden of Bitterness and Suffering" 苦普.

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KU_PU 5 years, 4 months ago

jonas_opines (Anonymous) says…

tonymontana (Anonymous) says…

“With the randomness of a one-and-done tournament, most talented does not always equate to a national title.

1997…”

For the win. Let's try and stay sane about all of this. haha.

Oh, and obvious troll is obvious, but ku pu can be written in Mandarin to mean “Crying waterfalls.” 哭瀑 and “Garden of Bitterness and Suffering” 苦普.

Thanks for not disputing my statements.

Henry is nothing but a wannabee NBA, KU homer who desperately needs and loves attention....

He deserves to play in the cow pasture for the biggest hypocrite fans and coach in college BB...

I hope Stephenson exacts his revenge on his worthless rump...

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Leprechaunking13 5 years, 4 months ago

Ok to say that Stephenson is better than both Henrys combined is ignorant, though not the most ignorant statement made by KU_PU. If you watched Xavier and Lance play against each other in the McD all american game, you would have seen Xavier school Lance like no other. There is a reason Xavier is the number 3 rated player in his class. That KU had no talent this year, is unbelievable since we won the regular season title when we were projected to finish 4th, if that! Everyone else on here saying we don't need them...keep it to yourselves because you have NO CLUE what u r talking about! CJ can leave and play immediately because of the situation with him and the Yankees. Its weird but it worked out beautifully!!! Lots of work to do though, no one is gonna give us anything!

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Leprechaunking13 5 years, 4 months ago

Ok to say that Stephenson is better than both Henrys combined is ignorant, though not the most ignorant statement made by KU_PU. If you watched Xavier and Lance play against each other in the McD all american game, you would have seen Xavier school Lance like no other. There is a reason Xavier is the number 3 rated player in his class. To say that KU had no talent this year, is unbelievable since we won the regular season title when we were projected to finish 4th, if that! Everyone else on here saying we don't need them...keep it to yourselves because you have NO CLUE what u r talking about! CJ can leave and play immediately because of the situation with him and the Yankees. Its weird but it worked out beautifully!!! Lots of work to do though, no one is gonna give us anything!

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jonas_opines 5 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, it's Wednesday and on Wednesdays I charge people if they want me to dispute their statements.

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Tony Kisner 5 years, 4 months ago

I would take the two Henry Boys over Stephenson any time. Unless the two Henry's could not play zone. - KU-PU can the Henry's play zone in this fictitious face off?

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bitterukfan 5 years, 4 months ago

foxsports reporting that an envelop delivered to the henry's residence fell open and 50,000 bucks fell out. fbi tested it for dna and found bill selfs prints and love goo on it. ROCK-CHALK-JAILHAWK!!

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jaywalker 5 years, 4 months ago

jonas opines,

I love ya, man! You make me laugh, I almost always agree with ya but if I don't I always respect your view. tony montana hit the nail on the head, KU peeyou don't have a clue, and ...... how the hell did you get chinese on the boards? Ya got someone on the inside?

JMO, but jonas rocks. KUpeeeeeyou, cop a clue. And post again when you're old enough to drive, do ya mind?

As for the X man, all I gotta say is "Yeeeeeeeeeaaaah, C'mon!" (Hope this is really gonna happen)

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jonas_opines 5 years, 4 months ago

Jaywalker: I do have some bad news. Per my PS3 research, KU will be far and away the highest talent level team in the nation, and is one of the best in the nation, #2 for most of the season so far. But sadly, they've lost twice to the #1 team in hard fought battles. That #1 team being the awesome offensive/defensive prowess of Colorado, under the 2nd year coach Ambrose Ambrosius. Go Buffaloes!

/I use Mike Anderson's style too, haha. It's effective.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 4 months ago

/admittedly, though, for some reason both times the CPU has had Mario Little fill the point guard spot, with Sherron Collins at the small forward. No idea why. . .

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VTHawk 5 years, 4 months ago

KU PU I prefer "酷酺" (cool keggar)

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Lee Eldridge 5 years, 4 months ago

KU needs a small forward / scorer badly as a third option with Collins and Aldrich. X is Xactly what the doctor ordered. Though I love Brady for what he does to help the team win, our upside is so much better with X at the 3. Will be interesting to see what playing time CJ carves out for himself after a few years out of basketball. Heard an interview with their high school coach yesterday. He says that CJ can play either the point of shooting guard position. (Self loves his combo guards.) And he was considered very good coming out of high school. I remember being pretty disappointed when he decided to go play baseball instead of coming to KU.

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jaywalker 5 years, 4 months ago

jonas,

You know you've mastered the game when you're takin' the Buff's to number one!

KUpu - Don't know how it slipped by me last night, but of course you're an opposing fan of the 'Hawks. And of all things in the blogosphere, the most pathetic is people who post on their rival's site just to stir the pot. Congrats. Your parents must be so proud.

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Jim Williamson 5 years, 4 months ago

KU PU posted the same stuff on cjonline nearly verbatim. Cut and paste is a wonderful thing.

And folks who don't think KU needs a top-flight wing to contend clearly weren't watching in 2007-08. Did you seriously think Morningstar or Reed was going to be that missing piece?

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PHILLYJIM 5 years, 4 months ago

yes, Xavier is exactly what the doctor ordered for this squad to reach the top next year. Generally don't like the one and done thing, but i'll make an exception this time, especially since it means no Lance Stephenson. I hope CJ never plays, because i don't want to be forced to cheer for a stinking Yankee for the first time in my life. Come on KU, let's sandwich that Carolina national title!

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jonas_opines 5 years, 4 months ago

VTHawk: Hmmm. . . . maybe for ourselves?

By the way, I left you a reply on your remarks on the "Lesson From China" thread last week that I didn't ever see a response to. Did you see that?

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VTHawk 5 years, 4 months ago

The most talent does not (necessarily) a national champion make, but next year's team has all of the key elements: skills, leadership, coaching, etc.

'97 is a perfect example of the most talent not leading to a championship, but I would take Self and this squad any year. (Jonas: just sent you a message)

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CrazyDiamond 5 years, 4 months ago

Nice set up. Next time, take the microphone off of the camera or out of your pocket & put it on the table. pathetic

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1julie1 5 years, 4 months ago

Like others have noted, it was impossible to hear a word being said. What was that sound coming through the speakers - pocket noise??

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BWENGER 5 years, 4 months ago

how come the yankees are paying for C.J.'s schooling?

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Babaloo 5 years, 4 months ago

Nice writing today - that Coach Self wouldn't be able to comment on Xavier until he enrolled in classes. I seem to have seen and heard Coach commenting about him all over today. Good knowledge of the rules, there.

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