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April 4, 2009

Kansas the place for Xavier and C.J. Henry

Shay Wildeboor
Rivals.com College Basketball
Senior Writer

Early on in his career, Xavier Henry emerged as a top priority for Bill Self. At the time, it appeared to be a perfect fit.

Many believed the 6-foot-6, 210-pound shooting guard from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City would eventually decide to follow in the footsteps of his father, Carl Henry. However, the younger Henry signed with Memphis.

Now that the Tigers are looking for a new coach, those plans have changed.

"Kansas is where Xavier wants to be," Carl Henry said. "It's the school he's always wanted to attend. When Xavier picked Memphis he did it so he could play with his brother (C.J. Henry). He decided to attend Memphis because of family."

Xavier, the No. 3 prospect and top shooting guard in the class of 2009 would love nothing more than to play with his brother, which is still an option.

Xavier had an agreement with Memphis that released him from his Letter of Intent if John Calipari left and requested a release.

For brother C.J., the process is a bit more complicated.

C.J. committed to Kansas, but was drafted by the New York Yankees. After stints with the Yankees and Phillies organizations, he decided to return to the hardwood.

Instead of Kansas, C.J. joined Memphis as a walk-on last fall. He had surgery on his foot and was redshirted.

Like Xavier, C.J. now wants to play at Kansas.

"C.J. doesn't want to sit out another year," Carl Henry said. "He wants to play and doesn't want to have to sit out again. We are talking with the NCAA and hope to get an appeal that would allow C.J. to play right away if he decides to transfer to Kansas. He wants to play with Xavier and doesn't want to sit out another year.

"Xavier and C.J. could still play together at Memphis," he added. "That is still an option. They could play together at Kansas, but that all depends on the appeal process. Xavier could play at Kansas next season and C.J. could sit out the year. Xavier could also play at Kansas and C.J. could remain at Memphis."

The Henrys expect a decision within the next two or three weeks.

Shay Wildeboor has covered the men's basketball program at Kansas exclusively for JayhawkSlant.com since 2001.
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