Xavier Henry: #1 Prospect Chooses Memphis

November 18th, 2008


The Story: The top ranked player in the ESPNU 100, Xavier Henry, announced he will be joining his brother at Memphis next season. Henry chose Memphis over Kansas Tuesday morning. Both of his parents played basketball at Kansas. His father, Carl, played for Larry Brown and his then assistant John Calipari. Henry's brother, C.J., currently plays for Coach Calipari at Memphis. "Ultimately playing with my brother and keeping the family together helped make my decision," said Henry. "My parents are okay with it; we're together." The 6'7" Henry averaged 26.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior last season. The start of his senior year will be delayed six weeks following surgery to repair a broken cheekbone that occurred in an automobile accident. Henry should be cleared to play in late December.

Ryter's Block: Xavier Henry couldn't pass up the opportunity to play with his brother. Having a sibling or best friend attend the same college can bring a sense of comfort to anyone. Oklahoma's Blake Griffin gave up the potential opportunity of being an NBA lottery pick this year to play another year with his older brother, Taylor. "I wanted to get better prepared for when I do make the jump, and this could be my last chance to play with Taylor," Blake said in a recent Sports Illustrated. Players can get lost in partying too much or skipping classes but Xavier will have his brother to keep him in line. There is already that special bond between brothers that teammates try to obtain over time during practices and games. Xavier and C.J. Henry have a chance to do something special at Memphis...together.


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