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Walk-ons C.J. Henry, Chase Buford leave KU basketball team

Kansas guard C.J. Henry drives past Central Arkansas guard Imad Qahwash during the first half, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard C.J. Henry drives past Central Arkansas guard Imad Qahwash during the first half, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

August 18, 2010

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Kansas University basketball walk-ons Chase Buford and C.J. Henry have decided to leave the team, coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

C.J. Henry, Chase Buford leave KU basketball team

Buford will stay at KU to pursue a degree, but Henry will leave to continue playing basketball. Enlarge video

Buford, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from San Antonio, will remain a student at KU and pursue his degree in business finance. Henry, a 6-4 junior guard from Oklahoma City, has not yet announced if he’ll be pursuing a professional hoops career overseas or continuing at another school.

Henry began his career at Memphis, where he red-shirted the 2008-09 season before transferring to KU, where he joined his brother, one-and-done player Xavier Henry, a first-round 2010 NBA Draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies.

“We, as coaches, have thoroughly enjoyed having Chase as a member of our program the last three years,” Self said. “I totally understand — this being his senior year and the time commitment involved — that he wants to pursue some other interests and also enjoy being a normal college student for his final campaign.

“He’ll always be a Jayhawk. He will always be part of our program, but certainly we respect the fact that he has other interests and wish him the very best,” Self added of the player who appeared in 36 career games, averaging 1.7 minutes, 0.3 points and 0.5 rebounds.

Henry, who battled injuries all last season, averaged 5.6 minutes and 3.1 points in 13 games. He hit 11 of 21 three-pointers.

Henry, who turned 24 on May 31, played professional baseball in the New York Yankees organization from 2005-08. He had orally committed KU his senior year at Putnam City High School. The Yankees paid his tuition to KU.

“C.J. informed us toward the end of July that he was going to look into other options to further his basketball career,” Self said. “At this date, I do not know if anything has officially been decided on what he will be doing or where he will be attending, but he has decided to leave KU. It’s a decision I totally respect.

“The Henrys have been Jayhawks for many, many years, and certainly Xavier had an outstanding freshman campaign,” Self added. Henry’s dad, Carl, and mom, Barbara, both played basketball at KU.

“C.J. battled injuries all year long but has been healthy this past spring and summer. He is a good player. He was definitely in the mix for being a major contributor on the court this season, but we respect his desires and certainly wish him the best. I know he will be successful wherever he goes.”

Kansas returns two starters – Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor – and 12 letter-winners from last year’s 33-3 team.

“We’re very excited about this upcoming season,” Self said. “My batteries are recharged, and I think the players’ are as well. I think we have had the best spring and arguably the best summer with our guys from a personal-improvement standpoint.

“We have a nice nucleus returning but have other players that just haven’t had the opportunity to show what they can do yet, waiting and champing at the bit to put themselves in a position to be on the court. This will be a fun and athletic team.”

KU loses two walk-ons in a year the Jayhawks add two non-scholarship players. Justin Wesley, the 6-8 brother of former KU player Keith Langford, will red-shirt this season after transferring from Lamar. Niko Roberts, a 5-10 guard from St. Anthony’s High in Long island, N.Y., is the son of former KU assistant coach Norm Roberts. Other walk-ons on the team are senior Conner Teahan and junior Jordan Juenemann. Wesley averaged 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds a game in 23 games (two starts) at Lamar. He averaged 9.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg his senior year at North Crowley High in Texas. Roberts averaged 15.0 ppg and 5.0 assists his senior season.

Return of infamous Facebook page

KU junior Tyshawn Taylor, who caused some problems for himself by writing inflammatory material on his Facebook page last year, has brought back the page after a multi-month absence.

“I just turned it back on last week,” Taylor told Foxsports.com. “But I’m watching myself. I’m taking good care of it. That’s what I plan on showing — both on and off the court — this year,” Taylor added, referring to maturity. “I think even by coach Self letting me do Facebook and Twitter, it shows that he trusts me.”

Recruiting

Nick Johnson, a 6-2 senior from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nev., has committed orally to Arizona, Rivals.com reports. Johnson had planned on visiting KU in September. However, he has long been considered a heavy Arizona lean. ... Mikael Hopkins, a 6-8 senior from DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md., likely will visit KU the weekend of Sept. 11, Rivals.com reports. Rivals.com’s No. 76-rated player also is considering Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgetown, Boston College, Pitt and others.

Comments

fabian_zimbabwe 4 years ago

...and so ends the Henry family run through KU...see ya!

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Richard Payton 4 years ago

Buford can lead the rock chalk chant GO JAYHAWKS!

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senegal66025 4 years ago

So really here we are again. One and done added to to gone and none.

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Jock Navels 4 years ago

it's not the army...how do you require someone stay for 2-3 years?

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HalsteadHawk 4 years ago

you copy the NFL policy.

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KEITHMILES05 4 years ago

Very poor on Henry's part to not keep Self updated. The kid was getting his education paid for by the Yankees. Now, it appears he won't even get a degree. Trust me some day the "big" money his little bro may be making will run out and old man CJ will be penniless. His baseball money goes only so far and he'll have to ge a real job. Just sad some of these jocks think the world revolves around them and they can't make common sense decisions. CJ needs to take care of his life and not be caught up in what he perceives as the "good" life Xavier may have. However, seeing how his pops was a mess with his mind set none of this is shocking.

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rabbit 4 years ago

So many haters in Lawrence. Best of the best CJ

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parrothead8 4 years ago

The reason the NBA instituted the rule is to force the colleges to take all the risks. The NBA wants us to think they care about these kids and their maturation process, but it's all about money. The year these kids spend in college (playing against infinitely better competition than they played against in high school) helps NBA teams in the weeding out process, and saves the league millions of dollars.

I agree that they should let them go to the NBA straight from high school, but if they choose college they should have to commit for three years, just like baseball. It's not going to happen, though, because the current rule is good for NBA owners.

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Graczyk 4 years ago

How about changing the picture to Chase Buford. You know, someone who was actually part of the team?

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jaywalker 4 years ago

Good luck and Godspeed, fellas! Thanks for being part of the program!

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blindrabbit 4 years ago

Yawn: Just hope KU football continues to improve. Tired of the merry-go-round that has become KU basketball.

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jayhawklawrence 4 years ago

I thought he had a chance to be pretty good. I wish him luck.

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jayhawklawrence 4 years ago

I thought he had a chance to be pretty good. I wish him luck.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years ago

This is a most distressing situation, taking kids to throw a ball around and into a hoop, and then just standing by as they leave to pursue other than educational goals. Higher education in this country has enough problems, and this attitude that winning is everything is simply wrong. We will forgo our principles and morals to allow these misguided kids to prosper at the expense of the institution that is supposed to be providing an education ro students. These are not students they are gamblers who think that choosing a fast track to riches through gullible institutions of higher education is the way to go. Providing the professional sports leagues with initiates was never the intention of educational institutions and this foolishness should be stopped.

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parrothead8 4 years ago

At the expense of the institution? I'm guessing Xavier Henry made a lot more money for KU than he got in room, board, and tuition.

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BruceWayne 4 years ago

the one big dink in Bills armor will be the Henry boys and Carl. I for one think it is GREAT they are both gone.

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happyrock 4 years ago

This is distressing? Who cares? Buford is only on the team because of his Dad, and CJ because of his brother. They were not going to play next year except against East Jesus State or if we are up on Colorado by 40 with a minute to go. We have an excellent team and an excellent coach. Let's focus on them.

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rgh 4 years ago

Thanks for coming to KU and being a part of a great program. No one should blame Chase for wanting to concentrate on a degree or CJ desiring to play more minutes. Good luck to both and thanks for being a Jayhawk.

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kansasredlegs 4 years ago

If you really think he walk away from the team for his "final campaign" to concentrate on academics, I want some of what you're smoking. That's not how it works. Bill asked him to "concentrate" on academics while still getting the benefits of having been a part of the team to make room for the new walk ons.

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fyrfighter 4 years ago

who cares? the henry's were a joke anyway. They were just using KU for a year to go make the big money for daddy. Neither one worked out very well. See ya.

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BruceWayne 4 years ago

and yet Xavier has NO signed contract. His agent and daddy wanting more more more. Xavier has been quoted as saying "I just want to play".

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rtwngr 4 years ago

"Basketball jooooooones..... I gotta basketball joooooones..... I gotta basketball jones so baby, ooooweeeeyouuuuuu"

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Joe Hyde 4 years ago

I hope CJ finds a school to enroll in where he gets to play -- even be a starter -- right away. That guy can play basketball; he's got a real good game.

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