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Friday, April 24, 2009

Sporting News - Henry brothers make it official: Kansas

Henry brothers make it official: Kansas
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Posted By Brian McLaughlin 1:02 PM
By Brian McLaughlin
Sporting News

The guessing games are over, as Xavier and C.J. Henry are now committed to Kansas' basketball program, the same program their father--Carl Henry--played in more than two decades ago. The Henrys made the announcement at Xavier's high school Thursday.

The two had been on board with Memphis before coach John Calipari left for Kentucky. After the coach's departure, they were both released from their scholarships and re-entered the recruiting process just in time for the NCAA's late national signing period for basketball. It lasts from April 15 to May 20.

Kentucky and Memphis were considered the only other serious contenders for the Henrys, and Kentucky didn't currently have enough scholarships to go around anyway.

Xavier Henry is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Putnam County (Oklahoma City). C.J. Henry is a 6-4 guard.

"I'm just excited about being able to take my game to the next level," Xavier Henry said Thursday. "(Kansas) Coach (Bill) Self is really excited, especially now that he has both of us. He asked me, are you sure? I wanted to play for a really good team."

Older brother C.J. Henry had spent one season on Memphis' roster with Calipari, following a short professional baseball career. He will not be on scholarship at Kansas, instead coming on as a preferred walk-on because former professional athletes are not allowed to take scholarship money.

"I'm just ready to chill out and have fun," Xavier Henry said. "The recruiting was very stressful. My dad (Carl, who was a captain on Kansas' 1983 and 1984 teams) wanted it to be over more than me and C.J. did. He was excited that we made up our mind."

Xavier Henry averaged 28.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 44-percent on 3-pointers last year as a senior at Putnam City.

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