Xavier Henry

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Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry Kansas 2010.jpg
Henry during his college tenure with Kansas
No. 7 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-03-15) March 15, 1991 (age 23)
Ghent, Belgium
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight 220 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
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 Memphis Grizzlies
20122013 New Orleans Hornets
2012 Iowa Energy (D-League)
2013–present Los Angeles Lakers
2014 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Xavier Henry (born March 15, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Henry, who is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, played one year of college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks before he was drafted in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Henry's brother, C. J., was a 2005 MLB draft first round 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]


Henry was born in Ghent, Belgium, where his father played professional basketball in the early 1990s.[4]

Henry's 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.

High school career[edit]

Henry was named to the 2009 McDonald's All-American Team where he scored 14 points.[5] 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[6] and the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden where he scored 10 points for the white team.[7] He was SLAM Magazine's high school diary keeper for the 2008–09 basketball season.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]


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,[11] #8 overall and #3 shooting guard by Rivals.com[12] and #3 overall, #2 shooting guard by ESPN.[13] Originally, Henry was heavily recruited by both Memphis and Kansas. On Nov. 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.[14]

In March 2009, Memphis' head coach John Calipari took the head coaching job at the University of Kentucky, prompting Henry to reopen his recruitment.[15]

On April 23, Xavier officially announced his choice to play basketball for Kansas.[16]

I grew up always wanting to go to Kansas. I switched to Memphis because my brother was going there.

Now, with coach (John Calipari) leaving (for Kentucky), we've decided to go to KU. I'm really excited. That's where my whole family played.

—Xavier Henry

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Xavier Henry
Oklahoma City, OK Putnam City 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 23, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A   ESPN grade: 98

College career[edit]

Henry guarding future Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles D-Fenders teammate Manny Harris of Michigan.

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.[17] On December 12, 2009, Henry scored 31 points against LaSalle 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.[18]

Professional career[edit]

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.[19] On June 24, Henry was selected 12th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

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 Grizzlies and two future second round picks to Philadelphia 76ers.[20] Henry was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League in March 2012.[21]

On September 5, 2013, Henry signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[22] In his debut on October 29, 2013, he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while scoring a career high 22 points.[23]

On February 27, 2014, Henry was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.[24] On March 2, 2014, he was recalled by the Lakers.[25] On April 7, 2014, Henry underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.[26]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games 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[edit]

2010–11 Memphis 38 16 13.9 .406 .118 .635 1.0 0.5 0.3 0.1 4.3
2011–12 New Orleans 45 0 16.9 .395 .412 .612 2.4 0.8 0.6 0.2 5.3
2012–13 New Orleans 50 2 12.5 .410 .364 .630 1.8 0.3 0.3 0.1 3.9
Career 133 18 14.4 .403 .289 .624 1.8 0.5 0.4 0.1 4.5


  1. ^ Pete Thamel. "A Top Prospect Could Turn Into a Package Deal". New York Times. July 9, 2007. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  2. ^ Brandon Lilly. "Bracing for success: Putnam City's Henry appears ready for the next step". Sports Illustrated. January 8, 2008. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  3. ^ Mom Played Basketball in College
  4. ^ Jenni Carlson. "Xavier Henry has plenty of reasons to keep smiling". NewsOK.com. March 6, 2008. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  5. ^ syndication=rss Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game box scores
  6. ^ World stars surprise USA at Nike Hoop Summit
  7. ^ Big men shine in Jordan Brand Classic
  8. ^ Ryan Jones. "Xavier Henry Will Be Televised". SLAM Online. March 19, 2009. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  9. ^ Ryan Aber. "Class 6A boys: Putnam City routs Jenks for trophy". NewsOK.com. March 15, 2009. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  10. ^ Xavier Henry breaks cheekbone
  11. ^ Scout Top 100
  12. ^ Rivals Top 150
  13. ^ ESPNU 100
  14. ^ Henry picks Memphis
  15. ^ James Pennington. "Father of No. 1 recruit, Xavier Henry, says he will decommit from Memphis". Kentucky Kernel. March 31, 2009. Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  16. ^ Xavier Henry announces he’s coming to KU
  17. ^ J. Brady McCollough. "Henry sets KU debut record for freshman with 27 points". Kansas City Star. November 13, 2009. Retrieved on November 14, 2009.
  18. ^ Gary Bedore. "Henry scores 31 in rout of Explorers". Lawrence-Journal World. December 13, 2009. Retrieved on December 14, 2009.
  19. ^ "Kansas Freshman Henry Declares For NBA Draft". tsn.ca. April 7, 2010. 
  20. ^ "HORNETS ACQUIRE HENRY". NBA.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  21. ^ Hornets Assign Xavier Henry To Iowa Energy
  22. ^ Lakers Sign Xavier Henry
  23. ^ Notebook: Lakers 116, Clippers 103
  24. ^ Xavier Henry Assigned to the D-Fenders
  25. ^ Lakers Recall Xavier Henry
  26. ^ Xavier Henry Injury Update

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