Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Xavier Henry's College Decision Will Be All About Family

Just ran across an article with some good insight on Xavier Henry, one of the top recruits in the country. He originally signed with Memphis, but when John Calipari took the Kentucky job, Henry and his brother CJ were both released from their commitments.

According to their dad, former Kansas player Carl Henry, the two brothers are deciding between Memphis, KU and UK. He doesn't expect a decision, however, until a couple of weeks.

“Xavier is leaving tomorrow for Oregon (and Nike Hoop Summit). After that he goes to New York (for Jordan Classic, April 18),” Carl Henry said. “The only way they could do it is if C.J. and Xavier talk (soon) and decide something between themselves. Our family likes to sit down and discuss things. That’s the way we do things and Xavier will be gone two weeks."

The key word in that statement is "family". In the March edition of SLAM Magazine, Xavier talked about why he chose Memphis, and it had everything to do with family and the opportunity to play on the same team as his brother for the first time.

"We've never had a chance to play together--he was a senior when I was in ninth grade--and my parents really wanted us to stay together," said Xavier. "My whole family is going to move out there (Memphis) next year. We figure, we're gonna split up soon, so this is kind of a last chance to be together as a whole family. I'm looking forward to it."

So it seems pretty simple. Wherever Xavier Henry ends up, that school won't just get one of the top recruits in the country, it will get the entire Henry family.

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