Archive for Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Self says reports on frosh Henry a bit premature report says KU freshman will turn pro

Kansas guard Xavier Henry pulls up for a jumper prior to tipoff against Texas A&M in the Big 12 Tournament. Henry has a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. today to announce his future plans.

Kansas guard Xavier Henry pulls up for a jumper prior to tipoff against Texas A&M in the Big 12 Tournament. Henry has a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. today to announce his future plans.

March 31, 2010, 6:39 p.m. Updated April 1, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

Advertisement reported via its Twitter account Wednesday that Kansas University freshman guard Xavier Henry has decided he’s entering the 2010 NBA Draft and an “announcement is expected soon.”

“I don’t believe that to be true,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday from Kansas City International Airport. He was preparing to board a flight for Indianapolis, site of this weekend’s Final Four.

“Though the family may be leaning that way (toward turning pro), they told me they wanted the rest of the weekend to think about it. In talking to them yesterday, I was told a decision would be made after more deliberation, and an announcement would be made after I get back from the Final Four (likely early next week in a news-conference format). I do believe he will take the rest of the weekend to solidify what he wants to do,” Self added of Henry.

Players have until April 25 to declare for the draft.

Word apparently is starting to filter out to agents and runners that Henry most definitely is NBA-bound, which apparently is the reason for the rise in Internet reports. One agent told the Journal-World it long has been assumed Henry is a “one and done” college player, and he has heard nothing to change that.

Henry is considered a likely lottery (top 14) pick in the 2010 draft. His announcing for the draft will give KU three scholarships for the Class of 2010. KU has landed one signee in Royce Woolridge, 6-foot-3 from Phoenix.

Lamb says Henry gone

KU target Doron Lamb, a 6-4 guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., scored 12 points in the West’s 107-104 victory over the East in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game in Columbus, Ohio.

Lamb, who is considering KU, Kentucky, UConn, West Virginia and Arizona, tells that Self told him Henry is definitely NBA-bound, and it would open some playing time at KU.

“Coach Self told me Xavier (Henry) is leaving,” Lamb told Rivals. “He’s going lottery or first round; regardless, he’s not coming back. He said that would be my spot really, said I would play right away, that I would start and average about 30 minutes a game.”

Lamb indicated that UK coach John Calipari also told him “the whole (UK) freshman class is leaving (for NBA)” and that would open nine scholarship slots for next season.

Josh Selby, 6-2 from Baltimore’s Lake Clifton High, scored 13 points for the East team. He is considering KU, Kentucky, UConn, Arizona and Tennessee and like Lamb will announce at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17.

Brandon Knight, a 6-3 guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., scored nine points and hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to pace the West to victory. He is considering KU, Kentucky, UConn, Florida and Syracuse.

Harrison Barnes (North Carolina, 18 points) and Jared Sullinger (Ohio State, 22) were named co-MVPs.


jchief40 5 years, 6 months ago

Both sides have a point here. I am happy for Xavier and wish him well. He has the talent no doubt. But he didn't have an impact on the game as some of the other high profile freshman one and dones (you'd think they all play for Kentucky lol). He never put the team on his shoulders against good competition or took over a game on a regular basis (like Durant, Rose, Beasley, Wall). That appeared to be Sherron's role. His team. It is what it is. But Xavier didn't give the university the same quality effort over the course of one year to justify his presence everyday as a starter. He was a good player but didn't live up to the hype and was not as advertised. Again, I wish him the best. Thanks for the effort you showed even if you didn't score as much as we thought you would. You're the best, Xavier! =) ...

raoulduke 5 years, 6 months ago

See you, Xavier. Nice knowing you. Now go get paid.

emptymind 5 years, 6 months ago

X sure ain't ready for the NBA, he'd be a fool to skip a chance at a college degree.

woodscolt 5 years, 6 months ago

jchief40 says...................blah blah blah

xavier henry played team ball at ku. Sure, he could have had a bigger impact at another school that didn't have as much talent. The fact that he played team ball will help him in the draft. He will continue to get better but that is because he is a young player not because he underachieved at ku. He had far more impact defensively and in other areas of the game that may not show up in the box score, but just because he didn't score 30 a night or hog the ball is not a measure of his talent. He will be a tremendous NBA talent before his career is over. Want to take bets. Id love to have him in a Jayhawk uniform but he is ready to begin his pro career. Thanks X, you are a class act. Good Luck!!!!!!!

puddleglum 5 years, 6 months ago

he has a good future, but NBA can wait. He will disappear if he goes pro now.

Kent Kossoy 5 years, 6 months ago

Personally I am tired of one and dones and would hope that Coach would not recruit such players. In the end he did not contribute to the ultimate goal. Let someone else play his time. Would have the same result in the end. He will make it in the NBA. Probably will not have anymore heart than he showed this year. If his parents who both played for KU, really cared, they would have encouraged both kids to play for KU in the first place. Coach Self made a spot for his brother as well and all they got was a one and done lack of effort. I say GO!

riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

"but NBA can wait"

The NBA does NOT wait.

If the money is there, take it. He who hesitates is lost. He who dares, wins.

BruceWayne 5 years, 6 months ago

the NBA will not tolerate King Carl telling a coach how to run a practice the way Self did. Bringing princess X here was a huge mistake.

jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

jchief: that was the post of a schizo

emptymind: your user name says it all

kik: grow up, cop a clue, somethin'

bruce: see kik

parrothead8 5 years, 6 months ago

IF Xavier Henry stays, he'd have some good opportunities. For one, he'd be the primary offensive option at KU next season. Many of the offensive possessions would be geared towards getting him scoring opportunities, and he'd have a great chance to showcase his overall skillset. He'd also stand a pretty good chance of being the #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

However, nobody can fault the kid if he decides to go pro. I mean, seriously...would anybody here seriously turn down millions of guaranteed dollars just to go to school for one more year?

RiverCityConservative 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree with the statement above that said Xavier Henry played team basketball at K.U. this year. I don't know how that will affect his value in the pro draft, but one thing definitely in his favor is that he was so highly touted and ranked coming out of high school. He just had to fit into a special kind of team at K.U. where there was lots and lots of talent this year. I predict he will go in the top ten or fifteen in the draft. I do think another year under Bill Self's guidance would make him an extremely valuable player in the draft after his sophomore year, all other things being equal. But things are never quite equal. He is well known enough based on high school and he contributed well on a very good college team during his obligatory one year of school. He'll probably take the money. I think Kansas can thank him for what he brought to the team this year. 32-3 or 33-3 (I forget now) is a fine record. But I do wish we could have seen him against Kentucky's John Wall (spelling OK?).... in the final of the tournament..... Xavier Henry is going to be an All-Star his first or second year in the pros. He is primed for professional basketball. I wish him the best.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 6 months ago

He didn't make significant contributions at this level. How does he think he will be ready to make them at the next level where players like him are common place. Look at Julian Wright. He went off early and became a complete nobody. Had he developed another year, or two at the college level he might have made real contributions by now.

kujayhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

At least Julian is getting paid. In the end, that's what it's about.

stuckinthemiddle 5 years, 6 months ago

he didn't make significant contributions?

he was the second leading scorer behind Collins (who was pre-season all-america) on the number one ranked team in the nation...

BigAl 5 years, 6 months ago

I highly doubt that Coach Self told Doron Lamb that he "would play right away, that he would start and average about 30 minutes a game.”

No way.

oldtimer39 5 years, 6 months ago

To anyone who thinks we shouldn't recruit potential one-and-done's, if we don't recruit them, another team will.

The real solution is to go back to allowing high school grads to enter the NBA draft, forgoing all of this one-and-done and BS. That would also help alleviate some of the recruiting impropriety (emphasis on "some").

cg1029 5 years, 6 months ago

Big AL & everyone who does not believe that Coach Self told Doron Lamb that he "would play right away, that he would start and average about 30 minutes a game "

Good to see that you learned nothing from the X will not start over Bradey argument last summer. IF X IS LEAVING (LETS NOT KID OURSELVES HE IS GONE) ANY OF THE TOP FRESHMEN AT THE 2-3 ARE BEING RECRUITED TO TAKE HIS SPOT AND START. If you want to argue that Morningstar, Reed, etc will start over them YOU ARE WRONG AS WAS PROVED THIS YEAR.

Dont get me wrong; Pullen had a great year BUT he would not have fit on THIS KU TEAM: PULLEN AND COLLINS are too similar both are too short to play the 2 guard and neither are TRUE POINT GUARDS.

hwker 5 years, 6 months ago

X is definitely not ready....simply a product of bad management by an overly protective father. What a joke.

hbjayhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

Doron the Moron! I'm already excited about his arrival.

hail2oldku 5 years, 6 months ago

cg - by the time Brady got back from his well deserved DUI suspension from the team he wasn't able to knock X out of the starting line-up. X led the team in scoring the first semester. It wasn't until league play that he ran into his mini-funk and that is something that a lot of freshman suffer.

I don't care if he stays or if he goes, but I think he's got an opportunity to make more money if he goes now than staying. He COULD develop into a better player by staying, or he MIGHT never develop the ability to go to the hole with equal effectiveness from the right side as well as the left side. The Pros draft on potential now more than ever. If he stays and doesn't show any/minimal development with the right hand his draft stock will slide. He'll still have a chance to make money, but not as much as he could by taking the money based on potential as opposed to proven skills.

JustNoticed 5 years, 6 months ago

"skillset" ugh ... just a blah blah blah word for "skills" cluttering up your mind and your language.

domino 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree that X is not ready for the NBA, but that is his decision to make. I also don't buy Coach Self telling Lamb that he would start & get 30 min a game - just doesn't ring true to me. Plus it really irritates me at Lamb - IF (and again, I doubt it) Coach Self said that, it is not something this kid should be running his mouth about! Grow up and learn when to keep your mouth shut. If I was recruiting a kid who ran his mouth about something like that, I would definately take a second look at continuing to recruit him. If Coach Self didn't say that, I would end the recruiting process today!

whats_going_on 5 years, 6 months ago

"I highly doubt that Coach Self told Doron Lamb that he "would play right away, that he would start and average about 30 minutes a game.”

No way."

I don't doubt it. There's no other reason he would have played Taylor this year so freaking much if it weren't for deals like this, imo.

rgh 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm guess Lamb is now out of KU's recruiting efforts. Self doesn't promise playing time like Calipari might and spreading a rumor that coach is denying just killed his prospect of playing for a National title contender in KU.

Bye Bye Lamb!

Robert Holmes 5 years, 6 months ago

Coach knows X better than anyone but from what I've seen and from what Cole and the twins did over the summer last year, X could use one more year.

We've already got one problem child in Tyshawn so don't add another by recruiting Lamb. If Self denies X has a made a decision, he's certainly not going to tell a high school recruit first and promise him 30 minutes a game. That's stupid! Cross him off our list and move on with a talented and class acting kid. Lamb sounds like a good fit at Kentucky with self centered Calipari coaching him. Remember, Calipari left two good jobs and vacated significant wins at both schools when he left (Umass and Memphis). Elite Eight or not, I'm taking Self over Calipari anytime!

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