Henry during his college tenure with Kansas in 2010
|No. 7 – Los Angeles Lakers|
March 15, 1991 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Putnam City
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|Pro playing career||2010–present|
|2012–2013||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 shooting guard with 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. The brothers' father, Carl, played basketball at Kansas in the 1980s and their mother played basketball for the Kansas women's team.
High school career
Henry was named to the 2009 McDonald's All-American Team where he scored 14 points. 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 and the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden where he scored 10 points for the white team. He was SLAM Magazine's high school diary keeper for the 2008–09 basketball season. 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.
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, #8 overall and #3 shooting guard by Rivals.com and #3 overall, #2 shooting guard by ESPN. 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.
On April 23, Xavier officially announced his choice to play basketball for Kansas.
|“||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.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Oklahoma City, OK||Putnam City||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||Apr 23, 2009|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 98|
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. 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.
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. 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. Henry was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League in March 2012.
On September 5, 2013, Henry signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. 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. On February 27, 2014, he was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League. On March 2, 2014, he was recalled by the Lakers. On April 7, 2014, Henry underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.
On July 18, 2014, Henry and the Lakers agreed on a one-year, $1 million contract.
NBA career statistics
|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|
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."
Henry was born in Ghent, Belgium, where his father played professional basketball in the early 1990s. 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.
- Pete Thamel. "A Top Prospect Could Turn Into a Package Deal". New York Times. July 9, 2007. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
- 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.
- Mom Played Basketball in College
- syndication=rss Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game box scores
- World stars surprise USA at Nike Hoop Summit
- Big men shine in Jordan Brand Classic
- Ryan Jones. "Xavier Henry Will Be Televised". SLAM Online. March 19, 2009. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
- Ryan Aber. "Class 6A boys: Putnam City routs Jenks for trophy". NewsOK.com. March 15, 2009. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
- Xavier Henry breaks cheekbone
- Scout Top 100
- Rivals Top 150
- ESPNU 100
- Henry picks Memphis
- 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.
- Xavier Henry announces he’s coming to KU
- J. Brady McCollough. "Henry sets KU debut record for freshman with 27 points". Kansas City Star. November 13, 2009. Retrieved on November 14, 2009.
- Gary Bedore. "Henry scores 31 in rout of Explorers". Lawrence-Journal World. December 13, 2009. Retrieved on December 14, 2009.
- "Kansas Freshman Henry Declares For NBA Draft". tsn.ca. April 7, 2010.
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE HENRY". NBA.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
- Hornets Assign Xavier Henry To Iowa Energy
- Lakers Sign Xavier Henry
- Notebook: Lakers 116, Clippers 103
- Xavier Henry Assigned to the D-Fenders
- Lakers Recall Xavier Henry
- Xavier Henry Injury Update
- Xavier Henry Agrees Upon One-Year, $1M Deal With Lakers
- "Bigger than the game: Professing Christians play valued roles in Memphis Grizzlies' team spirit".
- Jenni Carlson. "Xavier Henry has plenty of reasons to keep smiling". NewsOK.com. March 6, 2008. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
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