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C.J. Henry to transfer to Southern Nazarene

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 26, 2010, 10:17 p.m. Updated August 27, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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Former Kansas University guard C.J. Henry will be playing basketball at NAIA school Southern Nazarene University this season, Crimson Storm coach Adam Bohac said Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 Henry will be eligible to play immediately, since he is dropping from NCAA Div. I to the NAIA level. Southern Nazarene is located in Bethany, Okla.

“We are excited C.J. has decided to join us. We expect C.J. to have an immediate impact on our team,” Bohac said. “He brings a wealth of experience with different teams and organizations that have won championships, going back to the Yankees (where he played pro baseball) and Memphis (his first college).

“We are excited to bring that experience here. He’s a mature kid of high character. We look forward to him joining our program.”

Henry averaged 3.1 points in 13 games for KU last season. It’s believed his reason for transferring is to obtain significant playing time as a 24-year-old junior.

“We expect and hope that C.J. can really impact the game offensively for us. I think he is a really good shooter and will be able to score the ball for us this year,” said Bohac, who finalized the transfer process with Henry on Thursday morning.

Henry has said his goal is to play in the NBA.

“I think the way the game of basketball has evolved, if you can play, they will find you regardless of who you are and where you play,” Bohac said. “Our (Sooner Athletic) conference is full of Div. I transfers and Div. I talents that are playing at this level now. I saw today the Taylor King kid (who played at Duke and Villanova) is now at Concordia in California,” he added of that NAIA school.

Bohac is in his third season at the Oklahoma school, which went 27-8 last year and qualified for the NAIA Tournament. Henry hails from Oklahoma City.

“I’ve been familiar with C.J.’s father (Carl) and a little bit with his brother, Xavier,” Bohac said of the former KU players. “I at least was familiar with C.J. and his story. I think being from Oklahoma City, he will provide an added shot of enthusiasm (for fan base).”

Comments

parrothead8 5 years ago

He didn't play (redshirted), but was part of the team that won the 2008-09 Conference USA championship.

thomgreen 5 years ago

Too bad, I was looking forward to seeing him progress here at KU.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Dang, I was hoping Brett Ballard could snag him at Baker. Rats! Anyway, best of luck to CJ.

Scott Patterson 5 years ago

Good for CJ. Hope he does well and that SNaz makes it to KC for the tournament.

ralphralph 5 years ago

So Naz = Big Time!

NAIA Transfers = Not good enough for one-and-done, not humble enough to be an actual student.

Wherever you are, they will find you ... if "they" is the Wal*Mart assistant manager training program.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Just wondering, could he transfer back to a Div I school after this season and have immediate eligibility?

If he transferred to a different D-1 now, he'd have to sit out a year. If he can transfer again after this year and play immediately, that might be what his plan is.

hesshawk 5 years ago

Sure figured his dad could do better than this for CJ.
If he transfers around enough, everyone will lose track of whether he's eligible or not, so he'll be able to play anywhere, anytime, for anybody. Maybe that's dad's plan for him !

CHEEZIT 5 years ago

Yea that's the problem they are having with Selby's transcripts. Went to what three different high school's in three years??? It's sooo difficult to keep good records with these new fangled computers and the internet???

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