by Ryan Jones
Our current Basketball Diary writer, Xavier Henry of Putnam City HS in Oklahoma City, wrapped up a state championship over the weekend — you can read more about that in the next issue of the magazine. Assuming you’re one of those people who actually does follow the Diary, you’ll appreciate some footage of Xavier that turned up in the past week or two: This all-access feature from The Oklahoman, OKC’s daily newspaper, breaks down Putnam City’s state title win over Jenks HS of Tulsa. Top-three highlights?
1) Xavier’s drive and dunk around 3:10
2) Xavier fouling out with the game in hand so he could get an ovation (we see you player)
3) My man Brandon Chatman’s voice on the narration. Gus Johnson needs to watch his back.
I’ll also take this opportunity to shout out Jenks’ senior Bryson Pope, a University of Tulsa signee who, from the look of things here, is pretty nice.
And then I just stumbled across this (hat tip to Google News Alerts!): The local Fox affiliate in Memphis did a feature on Xavier for a recent broadcast (I couldn’t get it to embed, but it’s the video on the left). It’s a little bit dated but gives a decent sense of Xavier’s story to date. Plus, it’s got an Auto-Tune soundtrack, so you really can’t lose.