Henry picks Memphis

Originally published November 18, 2008 at 7:46 a.m., updated November 18, 2008 at 8:06 a.m.

Xavier Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, has decided to play college basketball at the University of Memphis.

Henry, whose brother C.J., is a freshman guard at Memphis and parents both attended KU, made the announcement this morning on ESPN.

"The deciding factor was getting my last chance to play with my brother at Memphis and keeping my family together so everybody can watch all the games and everything," Henry told ESPN. "It was really hard (turning KU down) because I loved everything about the school, the coaches, the players. I knew who I'd be playing with. I had to figure out what was most important to me. I ended up choosing Memphis."

Obviously, most important was playing with his brother.

"We know how to play. We play great. We should take over Memphis," Xavier said.

KU has already signed two players in the class of 2009. They are No. 18-rated Thomas Robinson, a 6-foot-8 forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., and Elijah Johnson, a 6-2 guard from Las Vegas Cheyenne High who is ranked No. 27 according to Rivals.com.

Wednesday is the final day of the early signing period.

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