Xavier Henry

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Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry Kansas 2010.jpg
Henry during his college tenure with Kansas in 2010
Personal information
Born (1991-03-15) March 15, 1991 (age 28)
Ghent, Belgium
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Putnam City
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
College Kansas (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing career2010–2017
Position Shooting guard / small forward
Career history
20102012 Memphis Grizzlies
20122013 New Orleans Hornets
2012Iowa Energy
20132014 Los Angeles Lakers
2014Los Angeles D-Fenders
2015–2016 Santa Cruz Warriors
2016–2017 Oklahoma City Blue
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Xavier Henry ( /zɑːˈv/ ; born March 15, 1991) is an American professional basketball player. He played one year of college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks before he was drafted in the 2010 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Basketball Team sport

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

College basketball Amateur Basketball consisting of current students of colleges or universities.

College basketball today is governed by collegiate athletic bodies including the United States's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Governing bodies in Canada include U Sports and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Each of these various organizations are subdivided into from one to three divisions based on the number and level of scholarships that may be provided to the athletes.

The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas is considered one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country with 5 overall claimed National Championships, as well being a National Runner-Up six times and having the most conference titles in the nation. Kansas is the all-time consecutive conference titles record holder with 14 consecutive titles, a streak that ran from 2005 through 2018. The Jayhawks also own the NCAA record for most consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with an active streak of 30 consecutive appearances. Another notable active streak for the Jayhawks is they have been ranked in the AP poll for 200 consecutive polls, a streak that has stretched from the poll released on February 3, 2009 poll through the poll released on March 11, 2019, which is the longest active streak in the nation. That streak is 21 behind UCLA's record run of 222 straight from 1966-1980.


Henry's brother, C. J., was a 2005 MLB first-round draft pick and returned to college after playing three years of minor-league baseball in the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. [1] The brothers' father, Carl, played basketball at Kansas in the 1980s [2] and their mother played basketball for the Kansas women's team. [3]

Carl Joshua Henry, Jr. is an American basketball and baseball player. An outfielder for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League, Henry is a former college player for the Southern Nazarene University men's basketball team.

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High school career

Henry was named to the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game where he scored 14 points. [4] Henry was also selected to play in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland where he led Team USA with 22 points including six 3-pointers [5] and the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden where he scored 10 points for the white team. [6] He was SLAM magazine's high school diary keeper for the 2008–09 basketball season. [7] On March 14, 2009, he led Putnam City High School to the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship, scoring 24 points in the title game against Jenks High School. [8]

2009 McDonalds All-American Boys Game

The 2009 McDonald's All-American Boys Game was an All-star basketball game played on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida, home of the University of Miami Hurricanes. The game's rosters featured the best and most highly recruited high school boys graduating in 2009. The game was the 32nd annual version of the McDonald's All-American Game first played in 1978.

The McDonald's All-American Game is the all-star basketball game played each year for American and Canadian boys' and girls' high school basketball graduates. Consisting of the top players, each team plays a single exhibition game after the conclusion of the high-school basketball season, in an East vs. West format. As part of the annual event, boys and girls compete in a slam dunk contest and a three-point shooting competition, and compete alongside All-American Game alumni in a timed team shootout. The last of these competitions replaced separate overall timed skills competitions for boys and girls. It is rare for girls to compete in the slam dunk contest. However, that contest has been won twice by girls—first in 2004 by Candace Parker, and most recently in 2019 by Fran Belibi. The boys' game has been contested annually since 1978, and the girls game has been played each year since it was added in 2002.

The Nike Hoop Summit is an international men's basketball all-star game sponsored by Nike, held once a year since 1995, except from 2001-2003, which features the USA Basketball Men's Junior Select Team against a World Select Team of international players. The players demonstrate their skills and hope to attract attention from either NBA scouts or colleges. A number of current NBA players have participated in this event in the past.

On October 22, 2008, Henry was in a car accident and fractured his cheekbone. He had to have surgery in November and he missed the beginning of his senior season. [9]

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By the end of his senior season, Henry was ranked as the #6 overall prospect and #2 shooting guard in the class of 2009 by Scout.com, [10] #8 overall and #3 shooting guard by Rivals.com [11] and #3 overall, #2 shooting guard by ESPN. [12] Originally, Henry was heavily recruited by both Memphis and Kansas. On November 18, 2008 Henry announced his commitment to Memphis citing the opportunity to play alongside his brother, C. J., as the primary reason for the decision. [13]

Shooting guard position on a basketball team, whose main objective is to score points for his team

The shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard, is one of the five traditional positions in a regulation basketball game. A shooting guard's main objective is to score points for their team and steal the ball on defense. Some teams ask their shooting guards to bring up the ball as well; these players are known colloquially as combo guards. A player who can switch between playing shooting guard and small forward is known as a swingman. In the NBA, shooting guards usually range from 6' 3" to 6' 7" and 5' 9" to 6' 0" in the WNBA.

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Rivals.com is a network of websites that focus mainly on college football and basketball recruiting in the United States. The network was started in 1998 and currently employs more than 300 personnel.

In March 2009, Memphis's head coach John Calipari took the head coaching job at the University of Kentucky, prompting Henry to reopen his recruitment. [14]

John Calipari American college basketball coach

John Vincent Calipari is an American basketball coach. Since 2009, he has been the head coach of the University of Kentucky men's team, with whom he won the NCAA Championship in 2012. He has been named Naismith College Coach of the Year three times, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

University of Kentucky Public research university in Lexington, KY, USA

The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public co-educational university in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bryan Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is one of the state's two land-grant universities, the largest college or university in the state, with 30,720 students as of Fall 2015, and the highest ranked research university in the state according to U.S. News and World Report.

On April 23, Henry officially announced his choice to play basketball for Kansas. [15]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Xavier Henry
Oklahoma City Putnam City 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)210 lb (95 kg)Apr 23, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: 5 stars.svg     Rivals: 5 stars.svg     247Sports: N/A   ESPN grade: 98

College career

Henry guarding future Lakers and D-Fenders teammate Manny Harris of Michigan on December 19, 2009 20091219 Manny Harris guarded by Xavier Henry.jpg
Henry guarding future Lakers and D-Fenders teammate Manny Harris of Michigan on December 19, 2009

Henry scored 27 points in his first college game, breaking the record for most points scored by a Jayhawk in a debut game as a freshman. [16] On December 12, 2009, Henry scored 31 points against La Salle at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. In doing so he became the first KU freshman to score 30 points in a game since Paul Pierce. Henry's 31 points was four short of the KU record for points scored by a freshman set by KU legend Danny Manning. [17]

College statistics

2009–10 Kansas 363627.5.458.418.7834.

Professional career

Memphis Grizzlies (2010–2012)

On April 7, 2010, Henry announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA draft, where he was expected to be a first-round selection. [18] On June 24, Henry was selected 12th overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

New Orleans Hornets (2012–2013)

On January 4, 2012, Henry was acquired by New Orleans Hornets as a part of a three-team trade that sent Marreese Speights to Memphis and two future second-round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers. [19] Henry was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League in March 17, 2012 [20] and recalled on March 19. [21]

Los Angeles Lakers (2013–2014)

On September 5, 2013, Henry signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. [22] In his debut on October 29, 2013, he led the Lakers to a 116–103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while scoring a career-high 22 points. [23] On February 27, 2014, he was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. [24] On March 2, 2014, he was recalled by the Lakers. [25] On April 11, 2014, Henry underwent surgery to repair both a torn ligament in his left wrist and a cartilage abnormality in his right knee. [26]

On July 25, 2014, Henry re-signed with the Lakers [27] to a reported one-year, $1 million contract. [28]

On October 18, 2014, Henry's agents announced that he would be seeking a second opinion following his April 11 knee surgery as well as travelling to Germany for Regenokine treatment. [29] On November 15, 2014, he was reassigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders. [30] He was recalled the next day. On November 22, he was reassigned to D-Fenders [31] and again recalled a day later. On November 24, he was ruled out for the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a ruptured left Achilles tendon that he suffered at practice. [32] On December 28, 2014, he was waived by the Lakers. [33]

Santa Cruz Warriors (2015–2016)

On October 19, 2015, Henry signed with the Golden State Warriors. [34] He was waived just four days later. [35] On November 2, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of Golden State. [36] On February 19, 2016, he made his debut for Santa Cruz in a 116–100 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, recording 14 points, four rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 16 minutes. [37]

Oklahoma City Blue (2016–2017)

On September 12, 2016, Henry signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, [38] but was later waived by the team on September 23 prior to training camp. [39] On November 3, he was acquired by the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League (now renamed the NBA G League). [40]

Career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high


Regular season

2010–11 Memphis 381613.9.406.118.6351.
2011–12 New Orleans 45016.9.395.412.6122.
2012–13 New Orleans 50212.5.410.364.6301.
2013–14 L.A. Lakers 43521.1.417.346.6552.
2014–15 L.A. Lakers 909.

Personal life

Henry is a Christian. Henry has spoken about his faith saying, "I understand the world is not all about me. I want to lead people to Christ, do the best I can and make life worthwhile. Life is about other things. It's helping people out and being a servant to everybody else." [41]

Henry was born in Ghent, Belgium, where his father played professional basketball in the early 1990s. [42] His older brother, C. J. Henry, was picked with the 17th pick in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball first-year player draft. After struggling with baseball, C. J. went to college and returned to basketball.

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