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Originally published April 7, 2010 at 10:23a.m., updated April 8, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

An emotional exit: Teary-eyed Xavier Henry declares for 2010 NBA Draft

Kansas guard Xavier Henry has an emotional moment alongside his brother C.J. Henry, left, during a press conference in which Xavier declared his intention to enter the NBA draft, Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Xavier Henry has an emotional moment alongside his brother C.J. Henry, left, during a press conference in which Xavier declared his intention to enter the NBA draft, Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Carl Henry, who was busy coaching his Athletes First AAU basketball players on Wednesday afternoon in Oklahoma City, was unable to watch his son Xavier’s news conference live on the Internet.

Carl — he was briefed on the proceedings by a Journal-World reporter — wasn’t surprised to learn the Kansas University freshman guard had tears in his eyes throughout a 20-minute session in which he informed a large media contingent he’d entered his name in the 2010 NBA Draft.

“That’s him. He loves all his coaches and teammates and isn’t afraid to show it,” Carl Henry said. “If you watch him during the games, he’s hugging his teammates all the time.

“He’s a people person who is very emotional. He loves everybody at KU and loved playing the game there.”

The 6-foot-6 freshman guard — he said he’s currently in the “interviewing process” for an agent, meaning he won’t be reconsidering his decision to turn pro — choked back tears while explaining how “tough” it was to leave college.

“I didn’t know I’d love it here this much at KU. All the people here ... they really made it a place for me to love,” said Henry, KU’s second-leading scorer at 13.4 points per game.

“How big they (Jayhawks) are in basketball ... the relationships you can build in just one year that you have to give up ... playing in this building (Allen Fieldhouse) ... there’s nothing like it. I love what my coaches did for me and my teammates and the fans. Everybody who supported KU made it real worthwhile for me to come play here.”

Henry — he was seated at a table next to his brother, C.J., who plans on returning to KU for a sophomore season, and coach Bill Self — said people who know him well, “knew it’d be a tough decision because they know I love people and they know once I start bonding with people it’s real hard for me to let go.

“The people on the outside looking in ... they probably had no idea what I was thinking.”

Xavier said a possible NBA labor dispute after the 2010-11 season did not send him packing to the pros after just one college season.

More than anything ... “I think coach Self prepared me as well as he can,” Henry said. “He kept me confident throughout the whole season, even when I went through slumps and he got my mindset ready to play with anybody. I’m confident going in (NBA) and I want to go in there and I want to kill it.”

Henry said in “interviewing agents, going through the whole process, just recently it came up in my mind, ‘If I’m going to go for it, I’ve got to go for it with a full head of steam. I’m not going to hold back,’” noted Henry, who said he’d take an aggressive mindset into individual workouts with NBA teams.

As to far as where he’ll be selected ...

“I heard anywhere from (No.) 8 to 20, 8 to 16. It’s all about putting in the work,” Henry said. “As long as I work my hardest, God willing, that’s where I’ll go.”

Carl said he’s also heard his son is a definite first rounder, and Self would not argue with that.

“A lot of guys are declaring. Workouts are really important for them to probably determine that (exact position),” Self said. “I think he’ll be a good player. There’s so many guys out there that play that don’t have a position. He’s a 6-foot-6 two-guard. He’s a guy you can put in the corner if they double team the post. He can shoot the ball out of rotation.

“For a freshman, I thought he got pretty good defensively. He doesn’t play to his athletic ability as much as I want, but they can teach him to do that. His ball skills are good and are going to get better. He’ll have six hours a day to work on them. He’s scratching the surface.”

Self said it was not a “sad day.” He said he was happy for Henry, who, Self said, will pass 36 hours of course work this school year, when he could have abused the system and taken just six hours total.

“I can’t imagine there being one negative thought about anything with X other than they (fans) feel like they’ve been cheated because they’d love to see more,” Self said. “That would be strictly from a fan-selfish standpoint as opposed to looking at it from their family’s eyes, which was totally unselfish.

“I told X this,” Self added, “if my son would grow up and be like him from a spirit standpoint and a heart standpoint, then my wife and I would be ecstatic because he has about as good a spirit and as good a heart as any kid I’ve ever coached.

“I’d put four years in recruiting Xavier if we could get him (again) because I know what kind of kid he is.

“I don’t think you can build a program on one-and-done guys because the turnover would be too great. I do think recruiting a guy like him ... we wouldn’t have been 33-3 this year if he hadn’t come to Kansas. He was very good to us.”

Xavier said the year helped him “grow up like a man” and he “wouldn’t change anything.”

Dad Carl agreed the year was special. Xavier finished as the second-leading freshman scorer in KU history, just 14 points shy of Danny Manning’s 496.

“I wish they had a rule where he could have gone right away,” Carl said of his son heading to the pros after his senior year at Putnam City (Okla.) High. “But those are not the rules. He followed the rules. Now he can go. He is well-prepared. The last two years have prepared him for this. His body is ready for the next level. His game ... he doesn’t rush the game. He lets things come to him. I think he’s ready for this.”

As far as where he’ll play next season?

“A perfect draft spot is any spot in the draft,” Xavier said with a smile.

Comments

jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

thanks it was great yeeah...

HOPE WE GET LAMB NOW.

Jeff Schartz 5 years, 1 month ago

In reality, when you have a team full of talent, it is difficult to be a dominant star. So, in effect, being the 2nd leading scorer was quite an accomplishment.

kitley 5 years, 1 month ago

He'll also be the first KU player to never have completed a successful box-out on defense.

nobody1793 5 years, 1 month ago

Don't jump to conclusions. Maybe he's going to announce that he's going out for the football team.

Dale Kroening 5 years, 1 month ago

Not sure there needs to be a press conference, its no secret what his intentions are, and what they've always been. Good luck at the next level X.

pup35 5 years, 1 month ago

I believe one more year would have made him a top 3 pick. Although he had moments of brilliance, another year of collegiate experience would have helped him. He could have been one of the greats.

My oh my how times have changed...everybody is in such a hurry to grow up. These kids don't realize what that the college environment is a great chapter in their lives.

Regardless, I wish him well and hope his NBA dream turns out like he hopes.

Joel Hood 5 years, 1 month ago

Interesting timing - Lance Stephenson just announced he is going to the league after initially saying he would return to Cincinnati. http://www.zagsblog.com/2010/04/07/lance-stephenson-to-enter-nba-draft/

Best of luck to X. I'm sort of hoping Selby picks KU and not Lamb. The recent interview with Lamb clearly makes him sound like a OAD. Any thoughts on the pros & cons of Selby vs Lamb?

TaCityHawkFan 5 years, 1 month ago

Royce is a better player today than Lamb in my opinion. This is based on the video that is publicly available on YouTube. Selby has talent but has not mastered the English language... Freak of an athelete. I am still holding out hope that along with Selby we can sneak Knight away from UK.

tstanlick1909 5 years, 1 month ago

This operation never worked out. Nonetheless, good luck X

jayhawkjoe98 5 years, 1 month ago

College environment, or millions of dollars?

quigley 5 years, 1 month ago

I just knew that this was coming today. We'll see what happens.

pup35 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't have any comment on Selby or Lamb...they're both great players. As far as the one and done issue, that's the inherent problem with programs like KU, Kentucky, etc. We get the best athletes, but they are also the ones who most have the tools to play in the NBA. How many recruits does Butler get that are one and done caliber? None. Those guys stay for four years and that team continuity is a plus. I don't have an answer to the issue, I'm just saying it's a hazard of being an elite basketball program. Agree?

pup35 5 years, 1 month ago

To jayhawkjoe98. I totally understand that. I do agree that's a daunting proposition for a young kid. I'm just saying the money is gonna be there for him someday anyway. AND, it had the potential to be more if he improved his draft position.

Otownhawker 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't want Lamb. Anytime a potential recruit blabs to the media about what a coach says doesn't belong at Kansas. I hope all we have is Royce. That will be fine for next year.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

Xavier is gone! No surprises here, but the good thing about all this. If X stays than that is a surprise and benefits us all. With that said, good luck in the NBA.

Lamb: Despite the one quote that came from Lamb's camp, I'll take Lamb in a heart beat to help Little and Releford in the back court or even possibly to replace X. It would give KU certainly a different look in the backcourt (Smaller lineup which could be beneficial), but it could be a good gear shift change.

jmsuther 5 years, 1 month ago

X, If I were you I would hold out for the biggest contract you can get because you are going to get cut within 3 years. You had trouble scoring for over half of conference play. Don't know what you expect doing with nba defenders.

Chris1955 5 years, 1 month ago

I think that this is a good thing. X needs to grab his money now before the lock out occurs. As for his ability at the next level, I have my doubts. I'm looking forward to next year having a speedier more athletic team.

IlikeKUabuttton 5 years, 1 month ago

Why bother with trying to sign Selby when he's going to be a one and done (more than likely)? That would be counterproductive because I don't see this team winning to title in 2011, but we could really do damage in 2012...

As far as Doron Lamb goes, I feel like Elijah Johnson with a year of practice under his belt could be almost, if not more productive. And we know Johnson will more than likely stick around.

JayhawkRock 5 years, 1 month ago

The reason why you sign Selby is because he can carry our team. There may be critical of signing a one and done but Selby is what we need to make a run at the title next season. EJ is not ready so quit trying to say that a year of practice will make him ready to play. I have zero confidence in Tyshawn at this point and Lamb is not a PG hes a 2 guard. We have to land Selby.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

llikekuabutton: I disagree about Selby being a one and done. He has the opportunity to be a one and done, but also the "Timing" of his age plays a factor. Unfortuante yes, but still a reality. There is still a lot of speculation about the NBA and collective bargaining agreement after this next season.

Guess what? If the players and the NBA can't come to terms than that almost solidifies Selby to come back for his sophomore campaign. What rookie is going to risk not playing in the league and lose that very crucial development as a player? Especially, when there would be no guarantee for a contract.

As for EJ and Lamb. The comparison is actually a moot point because there isn't a comparison. They are completely different players and would actually be sharing the backcourt rather than competing against one another for playing time.

IlikeKUabuttton 5 years, 1 month ago

If Selby is capable of bringing us a title, I'm 100% for his signing. I'm just saying I'm willing to see us lose 2 or 3 more games next year and gain the experience to make a run in the future.

Kye Clark 5 years, 1 month ago

pup35 - Well, I don't know that there are many schools that constantly churn out OADs. Calipari as a coach has become notorious for coaching OADs, but really when I think of all the elite and sub-elite programs none jump out as recruiting and producing OAD talent year in and year out. Almost every school has kids leave early (Heyward is thinking about leaving Butler early). Obviously if Xavier declares today he will be KUs first OAD. There's no real answer to the issue of kids leaving early. I think something that may happen down the line that I'd like to see is the NBA change its rule about when kids are eligible to join the NBA. Currently it's after one year removed from high school. Either an elimination of this rule all together - thus eliminitating the players who have no interest in coming to college - or adding to the number of years out of high school before becoming eligible would be benificial for the college game. If they were going to lengthen the rule I think 2 years would be about ideal, 3 years (a la the NFL) seems a bit much for college basketball.

One thing I do agree with you on is that the more guys you have in the program for longer amounts of time the stronger your team should be (team continuity as you put it). This is why North Carolina was such a force in the tournament last year, KU in '08 (as well as the other 3 Final Four teams that year), and Florida in '07. The general lack of talented, upperclassmen-laden teams is one of the reasons why this year's field was thought to be relatively weak and why KU was considered one of the favorites. We had some veteran leadership. We hadn't lost any starters from the year before. It is also one reason why I think we will be underestimated and under the radar next season. Losing 3 starters (assuming X announces today) will lead most of the media outlets to pick K-State to win the Big 12. I don't think so. I think we win it again.

Phoggin_Loud 5 years, 1 month ago

Good luck, X.

He has to declare due to the uncertainty of the NBA lock-out. I just hope he's drafted high enough to get a roster spot and a guaranteed contract.

This will be a large draft class.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

I am sure most saw this the other day on theshiver, but if you didn't here you go considering all the talk with Lamb and Selby This is actually the most personal I have seen theshiver in a long time with their comments.


It's getting to be crunch time for the 2010 class. Selby, Lamb and Knight are the 3 players that have coaches and fans watching their every move.

Josh Selby: As I've said over and over again for months, KU is sitting great with Josh and his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon. Coach Self and staff have put in a lot of work with Josh and have certainly explained how landing a explosive PG like Selby can put KU right back into the National Title race in 10-11. Selby can run point in a half court set, explode in transition, works his arse off, makes his teammates better, can shoot, handles, pass, creative, run the team or come off screens. Right now, as in this second, I think KU is in a great position with UCONN, UT, UK and Zona all style working in hopes of signing Josh. I love Andy Katz, but UCONN is still very much in the picture with Josh so his sources, whoever they are, are likely jumping the gun with this one. Josh will announce at the Jordan Brands Classic on April 17th. Most of what you hear from now on (really starting from about a week ago) is rumor. Coaches will be making their last go around later this week as I believe there is a brief contact period starting on the 8th at noon.

Brandon Knight: Is this a secret? UK seems to be the choice (likely announced on the 14th), but it could be interesting if Wall hasn't announced by then. I have no doubt that Wall will declare, but waiting for that to happen is said to be one reason why the 14th is the date. There is still some KU chatter here, but not much to be honest. Knight and family have been pretty good about keeping info inside their circle, but I would be surprised if KU was the pick here.

Doron Lamb: Lamb is another player who has played things close to the vest. Each school has a legit shot in my opinion. UK has spots to fill, and a lot of them. Zona has a lot of PT available. UCONN is close to home. WV is close to home and just went to the FF. St. Johns is more chatter than anything right now. If X declares soon (I hear very soon) Lamb could pick KU, especially to play with Selby which has been widely discussed.

nettiepie 5 years, 1 month ago

well, drat. I was hoping he'd stay another year to mature. I'm afraid he'll fade into the woodwork at the next level.

rockchalk80 5 years, 1 month ago

X Henry is a good kid... and was a good player that would dominate at KU in subsequent years... the days of 3-4 year tenure players are gone for the truly gifted...I would tell my son to head to the next level...

I wish him the best and all the success; he will always be a Jayhawk.

CrodieBroyle 5 years, 1 month ago

Sour grapes? Some of you seem like you want Xavier to fail in the the NBA just so you can say "Told ya so." Seems a little selfish to insult a 19 year old kid for pursuing his lifelong dream. It's not Xavier's fault David Stern put in a crappy rule. X was always a OAD no matter what happened this year

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

At least if X fade's into the woodwork at least he will have a 3 year guarantee to do so. Then after that if he so chooses he can have another career playing overseas for 7-10 years between 650K and 1.5 M a year. Not a bad way to fade into the woodwork.

CrodieBroyle 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh by the way... HAPPY 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVERYONE!

KUbsee69 5 years, 1 month ago

Remember ,,, and this was confirmed in last week's interview with Selby ... that Lamb and Selby have talked about becoming a package deal. Selby essentially said this was not carved in stone, but that they had discussed it and would be discussing it further. With X's apparent departure, KU has scholarships for both, which would be fantastic.

kuhawksr1 5 years, 1 month ago

X came no where close to being a critical component of the team. Clearly an overrated recruit that will not be hard to replace/upgrade. Without significant improvement, he'll have a hard time getting PT in the league. He just wasn't that much of a factor. He was never a go-to guy and my expectations of one-and-done players far exceed what X delivered. He was no Carl, let's put it that way. I'm not disappointed nor am I angry about his potential departure. I just wish he would have delivered more as he certainly came with the hype.

Jayhawk444 5 years, 1 month ago

A press conference. Why do they do this? Why does it take a press conference for a h.s. senior (or less) to announce a school choice? Or for a college player to announce a decision like this? So wrong. A simple press release would do. Or even a post on facebook/twitter.

dynamitehawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Do you think Xavier has enough spare time for a news conference with all the studying/classes/upcoming finals???

martyks 5 years, 1 month ago

X would be so much better next year if he stayed. I think he needs another year of college, but I would be shocked if he said he was staying. Lamb's comments were not appreciated by Coach Self, I bet. Who said he would be starting and averaging 30 points a game? Did he say Bill Self told him that? Because that just doesn't ring true. It sounds like the kid had a dream and thought it really happened. I have seen the dunk contest Selby won and OMG, the guy can sky. I know there's more to the game than that, but wow. At least Late Night would be fun, ya know? lol

justanotherfan 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree with the posters pointing towards the lockout.

A lot of players are going to jump this year, because with a lockout highly possible after next season, there may be no way for players next year to jump. If that happens, X could potentially make a decision that delays his NBA future until after his junior season by not going now. That's why Bradley is jumping. That's why Stephenson is jumping. That's why Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe and maybe even Orton are all going.

A year of guaranteed salary, followed by a new CBA, then a new contract. That's what everyone is looking at. From a business perspective, I can't blame any of these guys.

Also, for that reason, I think most of the elite freshmen in next year's class may be two year guys because the new CBA will probably include a provision requiring any player that goes to college to stay there for two years. For that reason, this is the year where getting elite freshmen is doubly important, because you could have a guy like Selby or Knight, or Lamb for two years instead of one. That's a huge bonus.

I think Coach Self realizes that this year's recruiting class could give him a team that he will more or less have together for TWO FULL YEARS. Think about it.

Johnson, Releford, Taylor, the Morrises, Withey, Robinson, Woolridge, Big time recruits A and B, all would likely be in Lawrence for both the 2010-11 and 2011-2012 seasons with a new CBA. That's a squad right there.

chanutejayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

I just hope one-and-done isn't a recurring theme with KU basketball.

rpkenfan88 5 years, 1 month ago

I never thought X's big moment this year would be dropping 30 on Lasalle! With that said i wish him the best but I do think another year would do him wonders-same with Lance"Born Ready" Stephenson but by all means make yo paper!

Dyrk Dugan 5 years, 1 month ago

X is gone, and we're glad you came. too bad the season ended the way it did......despite the gaudy record, this team couldn't quite get it to work when it counted the most.

the NBAers love this guy...he'll be a top 20 pick...would not be surprised if he was a top 15...and Dad wants the cash.

we'll follow your career closely and hope you have much success.

with this move, it may be the Lamb and Selby duo announcement coming next week....can't wait for that news (or something like it) to hit.

Rock Chalk!

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

ralster: Because Lamb has the innate ability to score around the basket and inside the paint which has been clearly something KU has not been able to do outside of Sherron Collins the last 2 seasons.

I think most thought that the "Potential" of X, myself included, was to release some of the pressure in this department, but that was clearly one of the main flaws in X's game. Selby and Lamb have no shortage of fearlessness getting inside the paint so I'm ready for fresh change if and when that happens.

I also am just as excited about Releford and Little as the rest the rest of you, but I also believe that you can't have a shortage of talent coming into your program. If only Self would get rid of his stubbornness and use the talent to it's benefit. Going 8 deep with this 2010 sqad ended up being a very big miscalculation on Self's part. Especially when you go 8 deep with Reed and Morningstar coming off the bench. I've said this before, that Self should be going 9 or 10 deep. Hell, Butler was even going 9 deep during Final 4 and got huge production from Jukes.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

martyks: Lamb never said he would be averaging 30 points a game rather that there was an opportunity of 30 minutes of a game opening up with X's departure.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

All Jayhawk Fans: Let's look at this as a positive. I think most think that KU is playing second fiddle to Kentucky (Calipari) in this whole recruiting battle thing and putting players in the league and I think just the opposite. I mean, Self is putting players into the league at very high consistent rate and it's most likely not going to stop this year with both Aldrich and X having a decent shot at the lottery (Aldrich has best shot-X is on the fringe).

If I am a recruit I have to look at that as a very good scenario that I can fulfill my dreams just as easy at KU as anywhere else in the country.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

justanotherfan: I completely agree with everything you said. That's why I mentioned above that I think players like Knight, Selby, and whomever could potentially be 2 year guys.

I agree that this recruiting class is all the more reason to be taken seriously

Hank Cross 5 years, 1 month ago

I'd would've been great if X stayed, but given the money, the cba, the chance for an injury like what happened to Deshawn Butler, this is the best decision. It also works out for KU, because there's really no point in keeping someone who has one foot out the door already.

I'm with Ralster in anticipating that Little and Releford will be very able to pick up the slack.

tstanlick1909 5 years, 1 month ago

Selby / EJ / Taylor Lamb / Brady / Reed / Woolridge Little / Releford Mc / TRob Mk / Withey

Dominant..

comland 5 years, 1 month ago

don't forget about CJ...he looked good in limited minutes, and I think he'll contribute next year if he stays healthy.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

For those that don't agree with getting both Selby and Lamb. Why not? How many posters have shown their displeasure for Taylor? I think Taylor will be fine and will produce just fine next year.

However, for those that aren't Taylor fans, you should be on your knees praying like all get out to get a player like Lamb (Even Terrence Ross for that matter). Why? Because that means that there is direct competition coming Taylor's way and Taylor isn't exactly stellar from 3 point range.

Competition is a good thing and for a player like Taylor, there is nothing he relishes more than proving he is the guy that needs to be playing for KU. I mean, we heard it time after time in his quotes all season. I think Collins could have actually been the downfall of Taylor last season.

Everybody saw the Streets Stop Here Documentary so playing with a talented squad and sharing the spotlight is not a new concept for Taylor (By the way, a rumor that Mike Rosario is transferring from Rutgers). I just think Taylor deferred to Collins way too much because Collins does have a polarizing personality on the court positively and negatively.

With all that said, Lamb coming to KU IMO is not a negative and could be one of the biggest positives for the "Team" next year. For those that don't like Taylor, it could mean stealing Taylor's minutes or IMO it takes directly away from Releford, Reed, and Morningstar. That's the message I am getting.

WDC_Jayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

I think we all know what's coming and ... I've discussed this before, but I think that Xavier Henry is making the right decision for him. Anyone on here who thinks that Kansas wouldn't benefit from having him back as a sophmore is either crazy, doesn't understand basketball, unnaturally angry about the way this season ended or all of these things. If he chose to come back, you'd see remarkable improvement, an even better physique and probably more aggression than we saw this year.

The fact of the matter is, the pending NBA lockout, coupled with the fact that Henry is a near sure-fire first round pick makes this an easy decision for him. We can kvetch about it all we want -- and blame it on loose lipped Carl Henry -- but most of the criticism of this decision isn't based on basketball it's based on bitterness or something. Also, all of you who think Henry doesn't have the game for the NBA ... I'd love to see your scouting credentials. Folks in the L know what they want and they (seem) to want Henry.

So, put down the Haterade. Wish a fellow Jayhawk well in his next endeavor and for God's sake, think for a minute. If a Kansas player leaves the program and does well in the NBA THAT'S GOOD FOR KANSAS. Success builds on success. We're able to land better recruits because we won a title ... and because we send four players from that team to the NBA.

Personally, I think Henry will develop into a #2 or #3 scorer eventually, depending on his club. I see his upside as Richard Jefferson. That's not bad. In fact, that's very good. And we should all be happy for him.

As far as recruits go ... I'm of the mind that we can't really have too many bodies in here who are talented, can score and want to win. But, I have a fear that of the 6 or so remaining top flight recruits 4 or 5 of them will go to Kentucky. In an ideal world, I think, we'd just sign Selby because of who we already have on the roster. But Lamb looks like a player and if they really are a package, playing time disbursement on the perimeter is a nice problem to have when you're replacing an All American, a one and done wing and Cole Aldrich.

gardenjay 5 years, 1 month ago

It would be great if we didn't have the one-and-done philosophy detracting from KU, which is a u-n-i-v-e-r-s-i-t-y. How many NBA players do you need to beat an NIU, anyway? The thinking usually goes 'a lot'.

That philosophy may help with winning the season, I grant you, but you need emotional attachment to the program to make a run in March and win it all. Look at Duke's graduation rate - and I hate to say it, but they seem to do better in basketball in March. Hmmm. Maybe get figured out someday at management level. Go KU.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

tsantlick:

I like your post! I am going to expand on it

Point: Selby/EJ- EJ coming off the bench much the way Collins did his first two seasons.

Taylor can also rotate in. I could see these 3 rotating in very similar to Collins, Chalmers, and Robinson of two years ago.

Shooting Guard: Taylor/Lamb/Reed/Morningstar/Woolridge

As I said above, competition is good. Taylor could find himself coming off the bench or the signing of Lamb could "Fuel" some fire for Taylor. Either way, I think Lamb and Taylor split at the two with Reed and Morningstar finding some way to fill in the pieces.

Small Forward: Little/Lamb/Releford/Marcus

I also think Little and Lamb, should he come, get a majority of the minutes here. Little, like everybody else, I think will have a breakout year, but I also think Lamb has the potential at the "Rush Spot" even though he is only 6'3.

Power Forward: Marcus/Robinson/Little/Releford

Depending on match-ups and what not Little will find himself playing the 4 at times.

Center: Kieff/Robinson/Withey

Pretty easy here. I still think Withey will find himself in limited minutes in this rotation. I hope I am wrong because I was wrong about Aldrich and very skeptical of him coming into his Sophomore campaign. However, with that said, I give Withey the title as being the 4th big and the second big man coming off the bench.

kugrad93 5 years, 1 month ago

What a joke. This guy was not worth all the effort and angst him and his brother put Self and the staff through in the last offseason.

tis4tim 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't know if this has been said yet (probably has as the posters on here are pretty astute and quick on the draw), but I feel the worst scenario here is for X to test the waters without an agent. That is assuming, of course, we get Selby or someone else. If we land that someone, X declares, tests the waters and then comes back, we're going to be in the same predicament as last year with a pseudo-pecking order based on time served, but maybe not necessarily talent.

I know this board has analyzed over and over why guys like Johnson could not overtake Reed or Brady for PT this past season, but I'm not so sure ability or understanding assignments was the issue. Seems if a guy makes a major sacrifice for the good of the team, expecting some long term reward, it can only serve to hurt overall chemistry if that player is spurned once again the following year. Imagine if Releford or Little get negligible minutes again this season, for instance.

Self is not one to guarantee anything based on past performance, but somewhere deep down there has to be a little regulator that tells him a three or four year kid who made a major sacrifice and who does by all accounts have talent deserves a shot over a speculative addition based on high school rank.

jayhawkjoe98 5 years, 1 month ago

Did Brady really regress... or did everyone else around him get better?

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

Ralster: I think your a little skewed in your idea of Chalmers, Robinson, Rush, Wright, and Etc. What would have happened if that squad in 2006 didn't lose in the first round of the dance to Bradley? What happens if they made the Elite 8 in their first year? Were they not well-rounded enough their first year? Maybe as a "Team" they weren't well-rounded enough, but obviously with the addition of Collins and Arthur the next year and their elite 8 loss to UCLA obviously showed that the addition of Collins and Arthur helped KU in the "Team" department.

I don't know, having a mixed group of experienced juniors (Taylor, Twins, Releford-red-shirt sophomore) and seniors (Reed Morningstar, and little) to go along with the pups of EJ, Robinson, Woolridge and potential with the recruits of Selby and Lamb make for a team that has experience and enough inexperience that gives KU a "Variable" much like the 2007 and 2008 KU teams.

It's all about the pieces of a puzzle and IMO Selby and Lamb are the final pieces of the puzzle that gives KU an opportunity for great runs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

hennessynhawks 5 years, 1 month ago

na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey....

Mike Joseph 5 years, 1 month ago

Hard to form an attachment to the OAD players. Mentioned Julian Wright the other night to my wife and she was like..."who?" (I know, he lasted two years, but you get my drift.)

Wish the kids could stay around and form some sort of legacy.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

tis4tim: It has not been said and I agree with you. X will declare and needs to declare by getting an agent. I agree with you that that is a bad scenario if he declares and doesn't hire an agent.

I think that almost assures Lamb of not coming to KU if that scenario doesn't happen. Great post!

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

jmj: Tell your wife to go get the 2008 April edition of Sports Illustrated and she can see Julian Wright behind the basketball goal in the stands looking on to see if Mario Chalmers shot goes in or not. He is wearing a red shirt.

honk_for_hawks 5 years, 1 month ago

shaw, hate to say it, but lamb is rarely if ever going to play the 3. He might play it when we go small, but right now it seems like releford and little will get the majority of the minutes on the wing. Marcus will probably get more minutes at the 3 than lamb as he is a good enough ball handler to play the 3 in a big lineup. IF we get lamb and selby, I see selby and tyshawn starting the majority of the time although lamb, EJ, morningstar will probably all start at one point. At the 4, obviously marcus will get a lot of the minutes and start, but if Thomas robinson improves the way the twins have under manning, he should get a lot of minutes at the 4 as well. Unless we go very small (with marcus or Trob playing the 5) withey or markieff will be on the floor at all times. I could see self maybe trying a small, athletic lineup without those two sometime in the non conference season, I don't think it will get much play during conference season unless we have major foul trouble. Obviously the lineups will change a lot in the beginning of the season, but right now, I'm thinking the starting lineup will generally be Selby-Taylor-Little-McMorris-MkMorris. Athletic, versatile, and quick.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

honk for hawks: Agree to disagree, but Lamb has to choose KU first. Second, if and when Lamb does choose KU he will definitely get minutes at "3".

kufan1472 5 years, 1 month ago

thats it, hes gone. Theres really no question. The nba will probably have a lockout so hes better off to go. i actually dont really mind if he leaves because it will give us a chance to just start over. If we get selby and lamb i believe the starting line up would be

Selby Lamb Little Markieff Marcus

I really have no idea weather or not tyshawn will improve his game or not but we will have to see...

kufan1472 5 years, 1 month ago

Has brandon knight really said much about kentucky or kansas? cuz to me i feel like just because john wall went to kentucky being the best recruit, everyone automatically thinks knight will go to kentucky. evn though having him at kansas would be great id rather have to great players more than one.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

kufan: there is a rumor as of late that Knight has some interest in Syracuse, but that is just a rumor. Kentucky seems to be the place for Knight, but recruiting is all speculation anyway.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

honk for hawks: The more I think about it the more of a possibility and more likely that Lamb could play the 3. Think about Bill Self's team at Illinois. He had a team that started Augustine, Powell, Head (6'3), Williams (6'3), and Brown (5'11). That team started for almost 2.5 years. So it isn't out of the question that a guy like Lamb could play the "3" and then move to a shooting guard in the NBA. Luther Head has found success doing this.

jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

As for the Lamb vs Selby debate. It's hands down Selby as the best player. Some even say he's better than Knight. So either way Selby is the #2 ranked PG for a reason. Selby is rumored to be a Kansas lean just like Knight is probably going to UK.

Also I highly doubt this is about Selby OR Lamb - it's whether or not Lamb will come and play WITH Selby at KU. They've talked about it and Selby said chances are 50/50 they play at the same school.

But what do we know? ;)

Joel Hood 5 years, 1 month ago

This won't be popular with many of you, but with X gone there is absolutely no way that Brady does not start next year (ok - assuming there are no more DUIs in September.)

I'm not going to argue why, but it does not matter who else Bill brings in, Brady will start. Yes, I know that Selby & Lamb are this and that.... I know that EJ is a freak.... etc... But, this fits Bill's pattern and it values actual experience under his system

My starting 5 for most of 2010-11: 1. Tyshawn 2. Brady 3. Mario 4. Marcus 5. Markieff

jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

jayhawkerjoel - not sure you know this but Josh Selby will start immediately at PG if we land him. So yeah..

Ron_Kellogg 5 years, 1 month ago

At least one of the recruits claims Self promised him a starting spot

Dick Murdock 5 years, 1 month ago

First, no surprise here. It was obvious from the get-go that X wasn't a real college player, just one who had to be here to complete his eligibility. Second, that he is a pro player IS surprising. He'll sit at the end of the bench, contribute clean-up minutes for several years and make a ton of money. That's about it. He's no Paul Pierce. I am kind of sorry he ever was here in the first place. I mean, what difference to this team did he really make? He was dud half the season. What chemistry did he add? I'd say none. Just my thoughts.

JayhawkRock 5 years, 1 month ago

If we get Selby then hes going to start and if we get Lamb he could very well start. If I had to pick a lineup right now with Lamb and Selby it would be:

1 Selby 2 Tyshawn 3 Releford 4 Marcus 5 Markieff

Thats a really athletic and really fast team. Plus the bench play will be so nice with Tyrel, Doron, Brady, EJ, Royce, TRob, Withey, Little, and CJ.

Thats a nice team but once again not really a Self team defensively. I think this team will be very tough physically and mentally but Self loves to have guards who hock the ball and we just dont have any Russell Robinson type players on this team for next season. Selby is a guy that likes to play defense which is rare for a high school kid but other than him this really isnt a tough half court team.

The problem is that this is another team that will want to press people and last season Self was not one who wanted to press a lot. In fact Self waited too long to start pressing against UNI which I think contributes to us losing that game. This team will be long and athletic and I think we could do very well pressing but Self is pretty stubborn and he will try to make them into a strong half court team and I think that will be tough for him to do.

The team last season was not a very good half court defensive team. They got lazy and really Cole and Markieff killed us on screens because they were slow getting back. I think that Markieff and Marcus will be better and I think Withey is way better at getting back to his man defensively than Cole. He may not be able to block shots like Cole but he hustles more than Cole in my opinion.

Bottom line, if we get Selby we have a shot at another title. If we get Selby and Lamb we have an even better shot at another title (And Woolridge has a better chance to redshirt).

And dont overlook Releford. I see a lot of people picking Little to start but I see Releford getting his chances to start games next season. Hes way quicker than X is and I hear he has a good jumpshot now. Anyone who was at Late Night saw a bit of what he can do. Little will be good for our depth because he can play two positions but I see Releford starting, at least when conference season rolls around.

Joel Hood 5 years, 1 month ago

jchief40 - I've seen Selby play and he is very good. He may come here and start. But, the 2010-11 team needs experience and leadership in the backcourt. Brady is in the best position right now to provide that for KU next year.

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

Ralster: Not a problem! I love talking about this and I value other people's opinions. It's fun isn't it? It's a known fact as well, that if I don't agree with something that I will stick to my guns defending it and when I'm wrong, I am the first to admit it. I think you can never not plan for the future and the first opportunity you're satisfied with what you got, is a slip in the program that leads to the door becoming slightly open for others to sneak into.

This is how I view all of this.

X: His time to go! He deserves it for himself and not his Dad Carl. He's projected middle first round so why not? It makes perfect sense. As justanotherfan state, just make sure you hire an agent and don't look back at KU. Go get Paid!

No more recruits: If Woolridge is our only recruit than I am fine with that but a little disappointed because that puts more pressure on future classes

Selby: I think Selby is crucial and would be perfectly content with Selby and Woolridge in this recruiting class. That is ideal

Selby and Lamb: Lamb is icing on the cake and pretty much solidifies KU's near future as a basketball team and the next couple of classes can be completely focused on "Big Men".

Brian Powell 5 years, 1 month ago

interesting to see how supply/demand works out in this draft, LOL

all those UK cats, Lance, X, Avery.... Cole and Sherron... who else?

JayhawkRock 5 years, 1 month ago

jayhawkerjoel,

If Brady is starting for us next season then we are truly in trouble. Brady cannot start for KU if we want a shot at a title next season. He was terrible on defense this year, not mediocre, he was terrible. I dont care what you say about leadership in the backcourt, Brady cannot start for this team next season.

This team needs leadership period. Hate to say it guys but Sherron and Cole were terrible leaders last season. I know Im gonna get crap for saying this but Cole was consistently bad offensively and most of the time he was the tallest on the court! And Sherron had a complete meltdown the last 15 games of the season. What kind of leadership is that? Both these guys had been on a championship team and they should have known how to lead a team and neither of them did that.

Marcus Morris was more of a leader than Sherron or Cole last season. The Morris twins, Tyrel, Travis, and Mario will be this year's leaders hands down. Im not one to believe that Brady will be a leader because of how quiet he his but I know those other guys will lead this team much better than Sherron and Cole didnt last season.

Joel Hood 5 years, 1 month ago

JayhawkRock - no disrespect, but if Brady was so bad defensively, why was he always guarding the opponents top back court player? Also, everyone else will get their minutes next year, but Brady's will come at the start and end of most games. I have been wrong before - so you call me out in November if I'm wrong this time ; )

areyouserious 5 years, 1 month ago

Everyone needs to stop trying to rationalize why Xavier should stay one more year. If you could go to college for one year and your employer came to you and offered you $2million/yr for 3 yrs would you take the job, or would you stay to sharpen up your education? You people make me tired. We go through this nearly every year and its the same old argument, "well he could be a top 3 pick next year".....really?? who says?? Everyone assumes that people get better with another year of college....Cole didn't, sherron didnt. Also, i dont have to use advanced math skills to figure this out, but $2million today and $2 million next year is better than waiting another year and getting $3 million. Give it up people, you would do the same thing....and dont give me the education argument, that is so irrelevant in these discussions. We are talking about life long dreams and millions of dollars...NOW! Good luck Xavier. You were average at best for KU, but you are making the right decision. Get paid today and get your education later if you need it.....Everything worked out just fine for Bill Gates!

John Percival 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey, he lead us to the Final 32. Nothing left to accomplish. Not exactly Carmelo.

Robert Buckles 5 years, 1 month ago

JayhawkRock You are so right about Brady he is not a leader his D is lackluster his O is well their is none. Tyrel is too unsure of him self and we don't have a clue what Releford or Little will bring to the table. I hope we get Lamb and Shelby. As far a X good luck won't miss you he never took control or took over a game like we need him to do Cole would have had a much better year if X was ever a real factor. But none the less X was and always will be a Jayhawk.Hope he proves me wrong in the NBA

RockChalk26 5 years, 1 month ago

Good luck next year in the NBA. My advice, get to the games early so that you can get a good spot on the bench next to the water cooler. It is important to stay hydrated when you are dishing out high-fives during time outs.

kufan1472 5 years, 1 month ago

maybe it's an april fools joke! lol wouldnt that be funny. "Im going to the NBA.....Just kidding april fools im coming back!" yeah right. good luck X

Jayhawk444 5 years, 1 month ago

Watching Butler/Duke I saw some things that KU did not have this year. Like guys who played with confidence and poise and who could score consistently without making turnovers (Singler, Scheyer, Howard, Hayward, Smith...) We had enigmas like Henry and Taylor that we could not rely on. We had Aldrich - a defensive beast but molasses on offense (and how many times did he simply lob the ball towards the basket without any aim?). We had Collins. I won't bag on Collins - he was a stud. But he did make a questionable decision now and then. The closest things we had to those Duke/Butler players were Tyrel and Marcus. We had a bench that could have made the Sweet 16 on its own...but they never got to play

kufan1472 5 years, 1 month ago

you would think we would have to get atleast one of the three guys, (knight, lamb, selby) it would surprise me if they all went somewhere else. we'll have to wait and see on the 17th

BCRavenJHawkfan 5 years, 1 month ago

Well I gotta say, I won't miss Xavier's 69 turnovers on the season. Second only to..................................................Sherron Collins!

JayhawkRock 5 years, 1 month ago

Brady was supposed to guard the best guards on the other teams but how well did he do in that? I didnt see much from him at all this season...He struggled to get through screens and he struggled to keep his man in front of him. Self may have put him on the best guards but he certainly didnt guard them affectively. If Brady was so good this year then why did he lose time to Tyshawn at the end of the year? In fact Brady lost his starting spot to Tyshawn because of his lack of offense and his lack of hustle on defense.

BCRavenJHawkfan 5 years, 1 month ago

Amen Jayhawk444! We lacked anyone besides Marcus that could consistently make 10 or 12 footers. It seemed for us it was home runs or strike outs. Add to it the ball handling skills that Hayward seems to have. You would never guess it by looking at the guy.

Jayhawk444 5 years, 1 month ago

Tell me this - when has a one-and-done actually delivered the goods? I've got a list of several who didn't get close - Griffin, Beasley, Durant, Evans, Wall, Cousins, Bradley, Stephenson, Henry, kid from Ohio State last year...etc. Love, Oden, Rose...reached Final Four, but no ring. But they had help from upperclassmen. The only one I can think of that truly delivered was Anthony. I think I'd rather have an NBA-ready junior who came off the bench as a freshman on my team than an NBA-ready freshman who starts right away. At least that's what I take from looking at recent, and even not-so-recent, NCAA championship teams

sdku 5 years, 1 month ago

EJ CRY FOR HELP!

We need, we need. Come on. We really don't need any of these player's, yes it's nice to get one but we are going to run into the same situation as last year. Too many good players. Self only plays 8-9 guys and the all the bigs are going to play, so that's 4 right there. If we get 2 player's that's going to be another nightmare on who does what on the court. Selby would be nice but i haven't seen him shoot a shot at all in any of the video's, I've seen just dunks.

EJ/Taylor Morningstar/Reed/CJ Little, Releford Withey, Markieff Marcus, Robinson

What the hell is wrong with this lineup. Nada. We just have to learn to play defense more aggressively and play with an urgency. We need to get those fast break points we so missed last year, we had a bunch in 2008. We have the big men to get to the championship i think however we don't have the true point guard anymore. I think Self not playing EJ at all really has hurt us. Let this kid play! He's a ESPN #28 player, I'm guessing Self doesn't think he's ready or he just wanted Collins out there.

P.S. - We are going to have 2 scholarships so Self will use them. If we get Lamb and Selby I'm going to feel REAL BAD for EJ. He thought he'd have his chance this year, maybe not.

BCRavenJHawkfan 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm with you Jayhawk444. And you can bet a years worth of paychecks that if the tournament goes 94 teams it will be even more tilted to veteran teams consistently doing well.

dynamitehawk 5 years, 1 month ago

:)* That's my new symbol for Releford. You like his soul patch?

Jaminrawk 5 years, 1 month ago

People should lay off Henry. When you really look at things, he had one of the best freshman seasons in KU history. I think people really discount what he did simply because he was considered an elite recruit. Not a lot of elite recruits come in and dominate like Cousins and Wall did this year. Usually there are one or two in each class that take over (Durant, Oden, Beasley, etc). X did a fine job. People that negatively about him are the reason some KU fans get a negative reputation.

Jayhawk444 5 years, 1 month ago

Still thinking about the season... I think everybody involved with the program - fans, players, coaches - fell into the same false sense of security all season long. And for whatever reason - we didn't get burned until the tournament. Can any of you really say that midway through the second half of the UNI game that you weren't thinking..."well we're playing like sht but any minute now we'll go on our run and we'll pull out the win." You were thinking it. You know it. So doesn't it follow that the players and Coach Self were also thinking it? My point is - from a coaching perspective, wouldn't you coach differently if you knew you had the better players and thought* you had the better team? Even if you are behind in the second half of a tournament game you should be winning? It leads to coaching, playing, and cheering without hunger or urgency. Maybe Self should look back and analyze his coaching this past year. Could he have coached more urgency/hunger into the team? Could the players have played with a more killer instinct all year? Could the fans have demanded the superior performance this team was capable of?

oh4theluvof 5 years, 1 month ago

Really don't think he was ready, another year would have done it but money obviously ruled. Just wish Taylor would have declared too, would have been consistent with all his other bad decisions.

sdku 5 years, 1 month ago

Guys, it doesn't matter if he's ready or not, the money is ready and that's all that counts. It's all for the CASH man, just like the 96 team tourney. MO MONEY!

trueblue9 5 years, 1 month ago

When is the announcement that CJ and Tyshawn are leaving the team? I can't wait.

For all of the absurd lineup speculation, why would anyone believe that Self would start freshmen over the players he's been playing the past two season (TT, Brady, Reed). And why would the rotation become 12 players? Every year, same thing, 8-9 players.

tstanlick1909 5 years, 1 month ago

Ralster,

I agree about Selby's highlights being dunk-oriented. But the dude is unguardable, and you can't say the same about EJ or Taylor. If Selby comes, all three will see minutes. This will be Ej's team his last two years

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

Jayhawk444: It depends on what your criteria of success is?

Griffin-Actually wasn't a one and done and got OU to the Elite 8 as a sophomore only losing to the eventual NCAA Champs, UNC.

Beasley-Actually put KSU back on the map in terms of basketball. You could point directly to the recruitment of Beasley, Delonte Hill, and the hiring of Frank Martin for the sole reasons of the KSU resurrection. Beasley was responsible for all of that.

Durant-Well, I think an inept coach, Barnes, is what holds Texas back. Terrific recruiter, but the recruitment of Durant is the reason why Texas keeps getting all of these top recruits. Barnes just doesn't know what to do with them.

Evans: Took Memphis to a #2 seed and the Sweet 16 with a siginificantly undermanned team than the 2008 squad.

Love: He helped lead UCLA back to the Final 4 for the third consecutive year as a Freshman

Wall: Single handily took UK to one of their best seasons in recent memory and completely brought back the UK faithful from the dead by leading them to the Elite 8. Underachieved? Maybe, but considering where they were the last 3 years I think that is a huge success story.

Cousins: Read exactly what I wrote in the Wall Section

Oden: I don't know, he only went to the NCAA Championship game in his only season and if the refs wouldn't have been whistle happy with the big men, we would have witnessed a much better NCAA Championship

Rose: Besides the scandal, too Memphis to it's best season ever only to have it wiped away by the NCAA. Still can't discount making it to the Championship game.

Bradley, Henry, and Stephenson: Could just be a case of the class being over-hyped, but two out of these players and possibly all 3 could be drafted in the first round of the draft. Henry was on the #1 ranked team for most of the season. Bradley was also there for two weeks and Stephenson took a gamble on Cincy that really didn't pay off.

I don't know about you, but the list above shows a whole lot of success IMO. What do you think? Looks like a bunch of winners than the other way around from my vantage point.

RockChalk26 5 years, 1 month ago

sdku - I agree, I have no idea why self chose to sit EJ pretty much all season. This kid has such an upside to him but he just needs sometime on the floor.

What are the thoughts of others on EJ and his role next season?

quigley 5 years, 1 month ago

CJ to be there but not speak? Riiiiiiighhhhht. Wait for CJ to say he's gone too.

vmwskywalk 5 years, 1 month ago

I think you could compare Xavier Henry to an over priced pair of sneakers. They look great on the outside, but are not real comfortable when you put them on. They never quite fit right no matter how much you wear them. They have a loud squeaky sole that seems to appear at all the wrong times (Carl). After one year you throw them out because they’ve either fallen apart and/or you’ve found a better pair.

addlime 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't understand all of you X bashers. He helped this team alot. He sucked for the first half of the conference season, but came back better. He's not gonna drop 30 on K-State. Come on. His defense improved dramatically. He learned to anticipate and get in the passing lanes and not just rely on his slower than average defensive feet. There is no way this team only loses 3 times without him. You can't blame just him for the tournament disaster. I blame a lot of people, starting with a coach that didn't game plan to take advantage of the other teams weaknesses. Namely, conditioning! Play a F-ing press from the start, and do some things like that to speed them up, and that's an entirely different game. Fat bearded dude would have been winded in 10 minutes! The tournament is about match-ups, and exploiting weaknesses. Self needs to figure this out if he wants to ever overachieve in the tourney!

Benjamin Piehler 5 years, 1 month ago

anyone who thought he might stay is crazy. was there ever any indication at all the might stay? he announced his intentions to be one and done going into the year.

yes. i understand he will be better in a year than he is now. but that is regardless of where he is. we at ku have never had a one and done so im not surprised people are left with a bitter taste in their mouths.

ill be more upset about X leaving if we dont sign selby or maybe knight in his place. lamb is whatever.

faburwell 5 years, 1 month ago

X seems like a great kid-we expected too much from him as fans. Seeing how a coach with most of his best players as sophmores(Butler) really should torque KU fans off. Our defense was worse this year compared to last-our fundamentals and attention to detail was poor. I would recommend recruting basketball IQ more than 5 star studs-Xavier notwithstanding as I think he had a very good basketball IQ. This season was more than disappointing and has little to do with X but more to do with being married to Sherron who is not a true point guard and everyone deferring to much to him including Coach Self I am sorry to say. As a side note: I really get tired of the media saying this player is the winningest player in whatever's school history- it is a team sport and someone saying this isn't even a relevant statistic.

1977kufan 5 years, 1 month ago

X, Thank you for the one year service in the Jayhawk basketball program. Your grade for the year is in the C+ to B- range (depends on the game and who was guarding you). I can certainly understand your decision and you are wise to obtain the money now before other factors (from the NBA) become important and limit the amount you can make. After watching your performances on the court (well, I am going to be blunt), you have a tremendous amount of work to complete and numerous additional skills to obtain before you have any significant impact in your next "job". Your resume from this near is NOT strong, but you should have good references from Coach Self, Coach Manning and from your Dad. The people (oops, opponents, I am sorry X, I am an older person so I get easily confused) in your next job will be jumping considerably higher, will be moving considerably faster and will be "boxing out" considerably more than those players from Northern Iowa. During the breaks in your practicing and workouts for your next job, you might want to look at many of those other people in the same job and see how they do with a basic skill. This skill is not even "guarded" and it is called a "free throw" and it is at the "charity stripe" only 15 feet from the front of the rim. Might want to think about at least 75% to 80%. Oh, did I mention that you may have to make some of these unguarded free throws at a time called crunch time. Good luck buddy and enjoy the paychecks!!!

Robert Brock 5 years, 1 month ago

My guess is X is going to hire an agent for the draft fairly quickly, as there is no chance he is returning to the squad. The question is - will he hire an agent before the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17, which is when Selby and Lamb will commit. If both Selby and Lamb commit... great. But, there is so much talent at the wing currently, this will mean there will be transfers. Maybe that's a good thing, who knows.

I've heard Selby is a sound defensive player, but I've heard mixed things about Lamb (who knows how accurate) and I'd like to have a better grip on what he brings to that side of the ball. He can fill up a stat sheet and has a tremendous mid range game, but can he really pressure the wing? I'd really like to see a committment in '10 or '11 from a true point, maybe Josiah Turner, but those have been a hard get lately.

jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

OK well after watching this press conference my opinion about X has changed somewhat. I wish him well.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 1 month ago

Logic in seven word bursts regarding all things Hawk:

1] No "X" - team addition by subtraction....plus. 2] First OAD - Kansas becomes 5 star destination 3] Selby - Momma knows best, Momma like HCBS 4] Brady - Will never start, will always play. 5] Lamb - better with him, good without him. 6] Leadership starts with M, Marcus, Mario, Markieff 7] Kansas - off the radar, deadlier than ever.

jcsmith 5 years, 1 month ago

Oddly enough, this makes me smile. Never felt like he wanted to be much of the Hawk family anyway. More of just a presence.

BCRavenJHawkfan 5 years, 1 month ago

Okay, I take back any of the negative things I posted regarding Xavier.

jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

My question is: When CJ leaves.. what the heck will he do? He's done with baseball. He isn't going to declare for the draft because he would obviously go undrafted. So... ? did he just come to ride the bench and cheer his brother on? The guy has mad handles and a nice jump shot. So what would he do? Quit school for good?

MDHawk 5 years, 1 month ago

"I didn't know I'd love it this much at KU, coming here to play," Henry said while sniffling and wiping away tears.

This is exactly why we've only had one OAD at KU. Players fall in love with this place...my guess is that he was close to changing his mind, but his family convinced him to stay with his original plan. Not a bad decision, just a tough one...we'll miss you, X!

I'm looking forward to seeing who we'll get with your scholy, though...

Funhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

You posters who used to say negative things about this player or any player -- don't you feel guilty after listening to X speak about coming to KU? How can we form opinions about somebody without even knowing that person?

8ball 5 years, 1 month ago

x-the most over rated freshman i can ever recall,dont know how he is nba ready,he wasnt even rockchalk ready

Chris Shaw 5 years, 1 month ago

I am going to go out on a limb and compare the 2011 squad to the 1991 squad. KU seems to work in increments of 20 years so here we go. Kind of Ironic actually. The 1990 team lost in the second round as well as the 2010 team. Might as well keep up the consistent theme. Can you guys believe that a guy named Bill McCaffery scored 16 points for Duke in that 1991 Championship game. Crazy huh?

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jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

Seeing Henry so emotional was very surprising. I agree, BCRavenJHawkfan, I take a lot of stuff back too. I think he is leaving with the upmost respect for the program and seemed humbled by having had the honor to take the court at Allen Fieldhouse.

GabrielMichael 5 years, 1 month ago

A lot of you guys sound pretty jaded.

I'd like to say to Xavier... Thanks for coming to KU! I've really enjoyed watching you play and you represented our university well! Good luck!

Gil Ek 5 years, 1 month ago

With no recruits you have Taylor/Johnson at guard. Little at 3 with the twins. NICE starting lineup. Reed/Brady/Releford join Robinson/Withey as subs. Not bad. Experienced and mature group. With another recruit and Woolridge, who is expendable? Thats 12 people. Woolridge redshirt? Withey? Both of them?

jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

My guess would be a Woolridge redshirt campaign. Who knows. Royce is going to be a good if not great player. Underrated in my opinion.

Annette Lee 5 years, 1 month ago

36 hours@3.6 now that doesn't sound like a kid planning on anOAD!!! just sayin.

blogthis 5 years, 1 month ago

X will have about the same success in the NBA as Julian Wright.

jchief40 5 years, 1 month ago

I think I answered my own question.

"What about CJ?"

Answer: It doesn't matter too much now does it? He's not going to start. Ever.

SOLVED.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 1 month ago

Ralster and KUShaw......thanks.... you two plus Jaybate are three of my favorite posters although Soobawls, Theutus and Anthonyzal sometimes make me laugh so hard, I could pee in my pants!!

I too truly wish any Jayhawk who leaves KU only the best, even if he has problems..life is too short to hold a grudge.

Beside that makes three NBA Jayhawks this year. I think that stat is totally on the minds of all these talented high school seniors!!

resultsinMarch 5 years, 1 month ago

He made the right move for the money, but he is not ready. All the big games his offense wasn't a big factor.

Most important reason he should have stayed? How about learning how to play defense?

Best of luck!

Bring on the athletes that want to stay more than one year. It sure paid off for alot of the teams in the NCAA tourney.

I sure hope ALL Hawks hit the weight run and work very hard on the off-season, not just beat KSU, which will be tough next year, or Mizzy, or even win the Big 12 title, which all be great, all that so we will get results in March!

JHawk74 5 years, 1 month ago

I hate to see X go to the NBA because he could help KU next year but if he actually get's drafted in the Top 15 of the NBA he and his family will be set for life financially. Can't blame him for that. I don't know if he will be a great player in the NBA or not but he will determine that by how he prepares for his next step in life.
KU has 14 players right now to put the best 5 players on the court next year. Also Bill Self has 3 openings to bring in top talent. Royce appears to be a soild player that probably won't play much next year as a freshman (which is a good thing since we have so many players already.) If T Rob improves like the Morris twins did this past year we will have 3 dominate post players along with Withey as the 4th post player. EJ should be better also. Reed and Brady will continue to be soild role players. Taylor hopefully improves also. Time will tell on Little and Releford. I don't remember ever seeing a team so deep after losing 3 starters. Not sure on the status of CJ Henry. If he stays and is healthy he could be a top player next year also.

Good Luck X Henry!

Mike Joseph 5 years, 1 month ago

As we have all seen, EXPERIENCE will win championships or at least get you to the final four.

I am hoping that Tyshawn gets his head screwed on straight this summer and takes a leadership role along with the Twins and Mario Little. The kid can flat out play when he is motivated. Watched the Bob Hurley/St Anthony's program again last night (2nd time) and was impressed the way Taylor handled himself. I doubt there is a better motivator in the country than Coach Hurley, at least at the high school level. Tyshawn had a pretty big role on that team and came through when he had to, even after being injured before the state tournament.

I really have a bad feeling letting a freshman point guard lead the team next year. We have seen plenty of teams come up short, ie, Memphis (Rose & Evans) and Kentucky (Wall).

John Myers 5 years, 1 month ago

@jmj - We came up shorter than Memphis and Kentucky with a pretty good senior point guard leading the team this year.

yovoy 5 years, 1 month ago

has anyone considered that X might actually succeed at the next level? most people here act like he's not a good player. i'll grant that he didn't live up to the hype, but if goes to the league and is put in the "right" situation and succeeds it wouldn't surprise me. there are players that do it every year. if you put X with the right player, he could become a someone's scottie pippen (or someone like that). he's one of ours, so let's get behind him a little bit. i wasn't as in love with his play as i thought i would be, but i DO realize that he's fairly talented, and i think if he gets on with the right team that he'll be okay.

we know that tt probably won't get his hat holder screwed on straight anytime soon, so let's not hold our breath on that one. sure he's talented, but i'm not sure he knows how to distinguish himself on the court consistently enough to "run the team", so i don't think it will happen. if elijah has a good summer, i can see that he might have a shot at bringing it up. he's got the best attitude of anyone on last year's team, he's fast, he's a decent shooter, he can set people up, and he's now a sophomore. that said, he tends to be a bit inconsistent - played like julian a few times when we got to see him.

my biggest concern is that ourSelf doesn't have our stable of thoroughbreds playing like plowhorses. he should put 10 or 11 out there and let them get around the track a little bit. that's all he needed to do against uni. hopefully he learned from that loss.

ROCK_CHALK_217 5 years, 1 month ago

I do not get why people think we aren't going to be good next year. Without adding any more recruits I think this team is going to be very good next year. Tyshawn is going to have less distractions this year because of the fact that he won't be on the 19-under team and Turner Gill is not going to allow his players to be problems. Brady, our best perimeter defender is returning. Tyrel Reed is probably going to have an even bigger responsibility to be a perimeter scorer now that X and Sherron our gone. Mario Little will be 100 percent next year. Travis Releford worked on his perimeter shot while red-shirting. Marcus sounded determined after the loss to UNI and will be a major leader and his twin Markieff will certainly follow in his twins footsteps. Thomas Robinson will be calmer with a year under his belt and he will get more playing time. Elijah Johnson is that athletic combo guard that Bill Self craves. Royce Woolridge comes in as a dominant scorer in High School. Another component is that we will play with a chip on our shoulder because of the early exit and because we will be as much under the Radar as a KU team has been recently.

Jayhawk444 5 years, 1 month ago

@kushaw - I won't disagree with anything you said in response to my earlier post. I agree completely that these players helped their teams/programs - some immensely I guess I was just thinking of the overall benefit of recruiting these types of players. How much time and energy does a coach put into recruiting one of these players? Are the results worth it? That's my question. Or more specifically - would it be better to recruit a player who does not develop into an NBA-ready player until he is a junior, but by then he has two NCAAs under his belt and is prepared to play with the consistency and poise necessary to deliver a Final Four or a National Championship? I'm thinking Kirk Hinrich vs Derek Rose. Nick Collison vs Michael Beasley. Kyle Singler vs Xavier Henry. ...just thinkin...

P0WER 5 years, 1 month ago

What a waste of time that was. MSU, Duke, Butler and WVU showed how important veteran players committed to the program are to being successful. HCBS should take notes. I hope KU never goes after a OAD player again!

Alan Mills 5 years, 1 month ago

So, if we can just sign Selby, Lamb, or Knight, they'll bring KU a National Championship? That's great! Let's go get at least one of them! Oh, wait, isn't that what was said about Xavier Henry coming to KU? I thought HE was going to bring that National Championship? Last I checked, you still have to PLAY and WIN games in the tournament in order to cut down the nets. The posts on this website are always an interesting read, especially living so far from Lawrence. But, let's be real for just a moment. I'd hope we would see a squad that was hungry, not necessarily filled with highly rated recruits. I hope we have a number of hungry players already - the Morris twins, Taylor, Reed, Morningstar, Robinson, Johnson, Withey, C.J. Henry, Little, and Releford to name a few.

BringBackNike 5 years, 1 month ago

Anyone notice that Xavier wore a Nike Shirt? Way to slap adidas in the face! Make a stand. Bring Back Nike!

BringBackNike 5 years, 1 month ago

By the way, everyone hoping for Selby (me included), don't count on him coming to KU. He plays for Team Melo (AAU) in Baltimore, Carmelo pampers them with Jordan uniforms and Air Jordan shoes. He is making his announcement at the Jordan Classic. I'd be very surprised if he chooses an adidas school at this event.

Bring Back Nike!

jayhawkinATL 5 years, 1 month ago

From what I understand, adidas is paying us a pretty penny to wear their gear (about $25 million over 5 years)...much more than Nike ever paid considered paying us.

BringBackNike 5 years, 1 month ago

you're right, lew is all about the money! But Nike is still the king when it comes to basketball. Self even said when we signed with adidas that he was worried it would affect recruiting. Nike has LeBron and Kobe! Adidas has Dwight Howard. Nike has all elite programs rocking the slim fits / next-gen uniforms, while KU, Baylor, and Nebraska have over sized high school jerseys falling off of them. Nike gear is a big deal to recruits! Just think about your favorite pair of basketball shoes growing up...I bet they were Nikes.

trueblue9 5 years, 1 month ago

Does "slim fits/next gen" mean the little girl uni that john wall was rocking this year? Yeah, I'm sure thats the #1 reason players choose schools.

Chris Bruning 5 years, 1 month ago

bringbacknike....yeah you're retarded.....i'm pretty sure selby is a jayhawk.....50/50 on lamb coming to ku....but on rivals today i read the point guard breakdown PENETRATION...selby ranked no. 1 knight ranked no.4 BALL HANDLING....selby ranked no.4 knight not ranked OFFENSE.....selby ranked no 1 knight ranked no 3 DEFENSE......selby ranked no 3 knight ranked no 2

can anyone tell me how B. Knight is #1 recruit when is sounds like he isn't even #1 point guard??

jhawkr 5 years, 1 month ago

Will Nike vs. Adidas really matter for Selby ? I seriously doubt it. Right now he is rolling with what is free ............

We need Selby or another top notch point guard seriously bad. Selby acted like he would enjoy following in Chunky's (Collins) footsteps.

We also need another quality big guy ! The twins and TRob are all quite foul stupid and guaranteed minutes from them can't be counted on. And seriously does anyone know what Withey brings to the table ? Promises ? Or ability and beef ? He seriously needs to beef up in the weight room with Andrea. And the twins need to develop a lot more touch on their layups and put backs, and spend less time on picking out tattoos ........... Do they have any free skin left ?

Mark Wooden 5 years, 1 month ago

He will be the D-league MVP next year.

Theutus 5 years, 1 month ago

Xavier made the right choice.... Staying would have been an absolutely horrible decision financially... And lets face it, that's a huge factor for anybody.

He never really played to his potential (part of being young i suppose), but he does have the body and athletic ability to be great. I wish him nothing but the best.

As far as CJ goes, the fact that he refused to comment on coming back next year says a lot. I'm going to guess he's looking for an out, and if he finds one that is decent enough, he's going to take it....

As far as PG's go for next season... I hope EJ starts. Someone before said Selby was "unguardable"... OK, in highschool maybe. EJ looked pretty strong offensively in the few minutes he got to play this season. Fact of the matter is that he looked nervous as well. Why? Because he knew Self was going to pull him in 30 seconds and he wouldn't see the court for a couple games.

I will never understand Self's decision to not play EJ at all this season. Especially when Sherron/Taylor were playing awful. At least 1 of those two should have come out, and EJ should have gotten time early through mid season to get some experience and find a groove. We just shot ourselves in the foot by not letting him get some experience when we had the opportunity. My opinion at least.

Kye Clark 5 years, 1 month ago

All of you griping about recruiting and signing players who are potentially OADs are clueless. If you don't want to recruit a player that has the POTENTIAL to leave after 1 year, then go ahead and cross the top 10-15 names off of the recruiting lists. If CS thought like that, he would have never recruited Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, & Julian Wright. All top 15 talent. So for someone who said "HCBS should take notes. I hope KU never goes after a OAD player again!", well it's a good thing CS doesn't base his job on your hopes, otherwise we don't win the championship in '08. If North Carolina thought that, they could have gone ahead and bypassed bringing in Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Brendan Wright, Ed Davis, & Tyler Hansbrough. Duke can forget Kyle Singler ever coming there, rivals called him the most complete player in the '07 recruiting class. Better stay away from guys like that, they might be too good and leave us after one year. Those are just the recruits in the top 15 from the last 3 National Championship teams. There's top 15 talent scattered all over the Final Four teams from the last few years. Now I've commented before that teams don't win championships with OADs (Carmelo & Syracuse in '03 is still the only example I can think of). However, you just don't know how things will play out for these kids. I think without the NBA lockout looming X may have chosen to stay another year. He didn't come off as some punk with his eyes always on the NBA. He was always smiling, working hard, and doing things for the benefit of this year's team.

It's just really petty how some of the fans are so bitter over this past season's disappointing end that they are laying the blame at X's feet, or Self's for bringing him in. Those are the convenient scapegoats, the guy making money & the guy leaving early to make money. Not on Sherron, Cole, Brady, or TT's for having worse seasons this year than the year before. No, I'm sure it's X's fault. Bunch of fair weather punks.

One thing I do agree with is that the more guys you have in the program for longer amounts of time the stronger your team should be. This is why North Carolina was such a force in the tournament last year, KU in '08 (as well as the other 3 Final Four teams that year), and Florida in '07. The general lack of talented, upperclassmen-laden teams is one of the reasons why this year's field was thought to be relatively weak and why KU was considered one of the favorites. We had some veteran leadership. We hadn't lost any starters from the year before. It is also one reason why I think we will be underestimated and under the radar next season.

BCRavenJHawkfan 5 years, 1 month ago

Absolutely agree.

It should also be crystal clear that Self does not promise anyone primetime just to build their draft stock. He is on record as saying any recruit will play according to how they perform, not how they are hyped.

So, any potential OAD's know this coming in. And I second your assessment of teams with upperclassmen.

newyorkjayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Here's a few thoughts...

absolutely amazing that since starting this program in the 19th century, Kansas held out until April 2010 before experiencing our first one-and-done.

the fact that the first OAD at Kansas showed as much emotion as he did in his declaration, continually complemented the coaching staff and teammates, and was cited for finishing his freshman year with 36 credit hours to his transcript, and mentioning himself that he intends on continuing his education and finishing his degree... i don't know the kid, so i can't say anything about his character, other than the fact that he was always a gentleman to the media, seems to have strong family values, and has a great smile... it's great that a player of his character stood as our first OAD. With that, it's been honor to have Xavier in a Kansas uniform, and I personally wish him the best of luck.

our roster next season is already stacked. i'm not opposed to recruiting Selby, Lamb, Knight, or Ross, I'm just not sure how team chemistry will improve or otherwise change... either way, this team is deep, talented, experienced, and VERY athletic... whoever starts, whoever serves as the first 3 or so off the bench... it's going to be an awesome season to experience. From a talent and depth standpoint, if Selby, Lamb, or Knight do attend KU, this team could again contend for the national title. as some have said about kansas before... this program doesn't rebuild, we reload. RCJHGKU.

floridajayhawks 5 years, 1 month ago

5 UK players declare for draft, could get all the high profile recruits.

trueblue9 5 years, 1 month ago

Agreed icthawkfan316. I'm not worried about Self bringing in top flight talent, he has the unique ability to have them underacheive and stick around for several years.

My hope for 2010: cut out the two cancers, TT and CJ, don't bring in any more. Go to battle with:

Start EJ at point. Brady backup point/SG. Start Reed at SG. Let Releford have some minutes at the 2.
Start Little at SF. Releford/Keif get some minutes here. Start Marcus at PF. Keif here as well with TRob.
Start Withey at C. TRob backs him up.

Thats a team we can be proud of wearing the non-nike unis. Save the extra scholarships for next year when you go after recruits with the right frame of mind.

Last thought, been watching ESPN all day. No one cares about Xavier, that should tell him something.

Kent Kossoy 5 years, 1 month ago

Am I the only one here who feels like the season would have been the same without the "one and done not so super X??" Good luck in the NBA. Good bye! Don't let the door hit you on the @$$ on the way out.

twoschott 5 years, 1 month ago

any self-declared "one and out" is a distraction to the team. i'm glad that xavier made good on that promise. he's primed for the NBA bench. rock chalk!

trueblue9 5 years, 1 month ago

kik1958...well yes, in the way that the season would've ended in a loss. but there probably would've been a few more losses along the way. i think xavier brought a few necessary things to the table as the SF (although we will never know if we could've gotten similar productivity out of little/releford, i suspect somewhere close).

agreed with soobawls. although i don't know him, i suspect that he can dribble with his right about as well as xavier, and its only a matter of time before the nba figures that out.

trueblue9 5 years, 1 month ago

not really a limb, but i'll go out on it. xavier sits in the green room about as long as d. arthur - not lottery.

BCRavenJHawkfan 5 years, 1 month ago

Any body know where I can look at highlights of Little and Releford so I can be reminded of what to look forward to for next year?

hailtoku 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't think anyone from KU wants a player on our team because of a mandatory rule. In other words, Xavier basically said, "I guess if I have to...(sigh) I'll just go to KU".

jaybark 5 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the effort this year X. Selfishly, Jayhawk Nation would've loved for you to stay on and be part of a "Big 3" with Markief and Marcus. But we're happy for you and wish you the best at the next level.

Scott Smetana 5 years, 1 month ago

I hope we don't get anymore OAD's, we would have been better off this year with the consistent shooting and experience of Reed instead of investing all those minutes in a player that has so far to develop.

Players should be required to play 2 years in the NCAA or go directly to the NBA from HS. I'm sure most NBA teams would really like to see X play next year for Kansas before investing big $$$.

kufan1472 5 years, 1 month ago

BringNikeBack do you honestly think jerseys and shoes affect weather or not recruits want to play at kansas? If you were to take a poll and ask how do you choose what school to play for. Cool gear probably would get 0.1% of the votes.

P.S. look at the picture towards the middle of the post, That picture is gold. If you were to draw a thought bubble heres bill self his smile says (oh yeah we got rid of him, now we know selby and lamb are coming)

John Brown 5 years, 1 month ago

After all of the drama that came with recruiting him and one uneventful year of play he is heading to the pros. I think I am ready for a new class. I hope that the next class isn't afraid to sweat.

Michael Pannacciulli 5 years, 1 month ago

He's a good kid, and there is no reason to hate. Self grabbed him to help bring us a championship, but there are no guarantees in that quest. With that said, I have said it roughly a year ago, this is not the way to win. You can't possibly build a team this way. Didn't work for Calipari. His pursuit to win will wreck that University as well...but i digress. I wish X well, and i think we all believe his road to NBA success will be a tough one. He's going to be set though, and i don't think anyone here would pass that up.

Selby or Lamb will not come to KU. Mark my words.

Mike Gammill 5 years, 1 month ago

After he and his family threatened to pull out of their commitment, and all the things they said had to be "so-so" in order for him to come to KU; I say bye-bye.

Now, we can get down to business, and quit bowing out in the round of 32.

fansincewilt 5 years, 1 month ago

Xavier will be the next great player since Paul Pierce to come from the Jayhawks. I'm not sure what some were expecting. He will be representing us at the next level. I hope he does very well. He is better than Julian Wright, Brandon Rush or any of the other 08 players. He was potentially by far the best player we had on our team this year. We will be proud when we get another one of our players in the all-star game. He has one of the prettiest jump shots I have seen. His left hand will bode well for him. Who knows, maybe I will get interested in the next all-star game. He will have a good PPG average this next year if he goes high enough. He has a long future ahead of him at the next level. Rookie of the year? Maybe not but I hope so. Thanks to Bill Self we have the potential to bring in players like this.

KULongrtimer 5 years, 1 month ago

I totally agree! I wish he would have stayed (my selfish wish) and that Self would have let him play 2 guard, since is a phenom at that position.

His left hand will make him the next Ginobli -they know he is going left 90% of the time and still can't stop him, and his shot is 50% faster off the screen. With some confidence and a good NBA coach, we will get to see him play a lot of minutes.

rockchalk10jk 5 years, 1 month ago

Who else has a bad feeling that with all the Kentucky kids going to the big leagues, calipari might snatch knight, selby, and lamb? From what I've heard, selby is leaning ku but with crookipari talking to him, then who knows?

HammHawk 5 years, 1 month ago

I live in New Orleans where I just returned from another Hornets game. I've pulled for Julian Wright since the Hornets drafted him, and he's a crowd favorite... but he gets mop-up minutes. Sure coulda used another year. Sounds like X.

Time was, you had to be GREAT to come out before your senior year, but now, you just have to have hype. X will make a good living, but he'll be another guy who misses his college days and wonders what might have been. He's just not ready.

KULongrtimer 5 years, 1 month ago

I think all the haters need to take their meds and go to bed. Xavier is a 2 guard, not a small forward! To think that he could learn a 3 spot well enough to play for the #1 team in 1 season is quite an accomplishment. Either Collins or HCBS did not want him to steal the spotlight from Collins this season. The 3 obvious times that Self turned him loose, Self just shook his head in amazement. Most efficient scorer on the team the last 10 games. Too bad Self didn't let him play the 2 guard during the NCAA tournament: He shot 50% from the field!!!!!! Just didn't get the ball on any decent ball screens. We wasted 35 minutes of the game waiting for Collins to find his game. Ego is a dangerous thing in a team sport! If it wasn't for Xavier and M Morris playing hard D all game, NIU would have won by 12 -14pts. As someone who watched Xavier play 30 HS games, this kid is the real deal. EX: Orton plays for Kentucky and he is also declaring for the NBA -- he got little to no attention in OKC because of X ball.

IF CJ is healthy and comes back for next season, get ready to be impressed. 6'4" 210 lbs and faster than EJ or TT with the ball! His 3 is cleaner and released quicker than anyone on the team, and he was a HS phenom at point. IF Self allows him a shot at point, and that is his natural position, you will immediately think "Deron Williams came back to play college ball pt 2". By the way, he isn't on scholarship, so Self has nothing to lose in giving him some pre-conference games to tune up. Remember the Yanks drafted him to replace Jeter when they thought he was leaving.

Thank you Xavier for giving 1 year of supporting my favorite team! I for one look forward to seeing yet another Jayhawk participate in the big dance. RCJH!

Martin Rosenblum 5 years, 1 month ago

At least we won't have to hear Musberger call him "X" any longer.

I predict the following draft picks: Aldrich - highest. Sherron next highest and Xavier lowest of the three. There are bound to be 5-6 similar players to Xavier in the draft and he may go mid-2nd round.

Mike Kendall 5 years, 1 month ago

X --- Good luck in the NBA. Wish you could stay one more year, but I know it was not an easy decision. Money speaks louder than anything. RCJH!

jaybate 5 years, 1 month ago

"Some Things that Probably Won't Happen Even Though It Might Be Good If They Did:"

Xavier Henry tests the waters, then decides to transfer to UK, while saying he didn't realize how much Cal meant to him, then re-commits to KU, saying he didn't realize how much KU meant to him.

Josh Selby signs, then CJ transfers to UK, while saying he didn't realize how much Wes meant to him, then recommits to KU, saying its too much work to move his yacht from Clinton Lake to a horse barn in blue grass country.

Tyshawn Taylor plays 2011 with laser like focus and unwavering concentration, plus attacks the rim fearlessly against good big men again and again.

Brady Morningstar adds 20 pounds of muscle, paints his body green, changes his name to David Banner, and becomes the Incredible Hulk of team defense.

Tyrel Reed adds 4 inches of vertical to his hop and promises not to kill the next board rat that mentions his sibling in a lustful way.

Mario Little takes a growth hormone to reach 6'7" at the 3, then shoots 42% from trey land, while become KU's first perimeter player to average double figures in reebs.

Travis Releford surprises everyone by playing fully under control at the 2 (not the 3), shooting 40% from trey, and becomes the true 2 that Bill Self has yearned for since Self came to Kansas.

Marcus Morris adds another 4 inches of vertical to his game and averages 28ppg next season.

Markieff Morris has his fingers surgically lengthened and strengthened to allow him to casually palm the event horizon of a black hole about the size of a basketball, then adds 25 more pounds to his already studly frame, and averages 50% for the season shooting treys at the top of the key.

Thomas Robinson becomes a Zen master of martial arts able to beast for 32 points and 14 reebs without ever making a herky jerky motion.

Jeff Withey puts on 50 pounds, defends the post as if he were possessed by spirit of Sasha Kaun and scores like Nick Collison.

Elijah Johnson turns into the greatest impact guard Self ever promised was the greatest impact guard he ever recruited.

KULongrtimer 5 years, 1 month ago

Memhawk - I agree Adrich will go first, probably in the top 12. Xavier will go top 20, and Collins top to mid-2nd round. I think Collins would have gone higher last year. RCJH

Omari Miller 5 years, 1 month ago

Anyone know if Selby even took the trip to Lexington? It sounded like it was in doubt.

cobweb 5 years, 1 month ago

X is a good kid, with the key word being kid. Too bad he had to go.

Benjamin Piehler 5 years, 1 month ago

of course xavier would be better with another year. doesnt take a basketball expert recognizing that. it doesnt mean he wont get better somewhere else with another year of practice.

Yeah he had a slump, but so did everyone else this year; including collins and aldrich. hes a freshman and likely getting drafted higher than collins, possibly even aldrich. staying would be a mistake, which is obviously hard for fans to take. such is the bitter medicine of a one and done player... something we at ku havent truly tasted before.

he doesnt owe us a thing, and success for him could mean success in our recruiting future.

Redlandsjhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Just want to point out hat Xavier is not the first one and done at KU. When I was there I knew several one and dones. Okay so they weren't athletes they were just goof-offs but they didn't make it to their sophomore year. :)

Kye Clark 5 years, 1 month ago

KULongrtimer - "IF CJ is healthy and comes back for next season, get ready to be impressed. 6'4" 210 lbs and faster than EJ or TT with the ball! His 3 is cleaner and released quicker than anyone on the team, and he was a HS phenom at point. IF Self allows him a shot at point, and that is his natural position, you will immediately think "Deron Williams came back to play college ball pt 2". By the way, he isn't on scholarship, so Self has nothing to lose in giving him some pre-conference games to tune up. Remember the Yanks drafted him to replace Jeter when they thought he was leaving."

I'm real skeptical about the possibility of CJ having a big impact on this team. Your statement "if CJ is healthy..." is the biggest "if" for him. He hasn't been able to stay healthy the past two seasons, so he's pretty unreliable. He hasn't played a significant amount of organized basketball since high school, which was over 5 years ago. I think he'll get a look, but my guess is he'll have to be significantly better - not marginally better; not better in some aspects & worse in others - than our other options because with such a crowded field competing for minutes next year it is risky (due to his injury history) to give him significant minutes, thus putting someone else on the bench.

FairgroveJayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Good for you Xavier. I hope all goes well.

Those are some mighty fine words coming from Self on X's contributions and character. I completely agree.

I am glad Carl stayed out of the press for the past 6 months.

CJ- get healthy man. Live the dream.

jayhawkinATL 5 years, 1 month ago

Yep...I still am a Nike guy. Was initially turned off when KU signed with adidas, but did love the Dwight Howard/KU adidas commercial from a year or two ago.

jayhawkinATL 5 years, 1 month ago

Yep...I still am a Nike guy. Was initially turned off when KU signed with adidas, but did love the Dwight Howard/KU adidas commercial from a year or two ago.

KURocksChalk 5 years, 1 month ago

I am disappointed not because of what he does on the court but off-court. Our team needs guys like this. Although, also would have liked to see him reach even more of his potential at KU. would be nice to have a guy who can pretty much score 30 points at will. We have not had that for awhile.

Sally Presson 5 years, 1 month ago

OK, they've all declared, lets move on. As a huge fan and Mom, I personally hate to see the guys leave early. College is the best time of their lives and especially at KU where everyone loves them. Don't think they'll get that anywhere in the pros. I understand the money and that would really be hard to turn down. I wish Cole & X well and thank Sherron for giving us 4 years. With that being said, I think what this year's team was missing was what the Championship team had, and that was reading each other's mind, the great assists we had, the alley oops. No one knew what was going to happen except Coach Self and the players. The opposing team sure didn't. We're going to have a great team next year, I just hope we don't have a selfish player. Good luck Hawks next season. I'm counting the days.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 1 month ago

Just a clarificartion but with the NBA lock-out in 2011 better than 50/50 maybe the term should be "One and Oops, I'm Not Done"!!"

Every top recruit of this upcoming class may actually all be two year players, so if the lockout occurs, it's going to be one hell of a draft in spring of 2012 with a combination of 2 year and 1 year OAD's.

Damn, this sounds like something Yogi Berra would say!!

jaybate 5 years, 1 month ago

“I wish they had a rule where he could have gone right away,” Carl said of his son, at his son's tearful announcement of his departure for the pros, in reference to his son heading to the pros after his senior year at Putnam City (Okla.) High. --LJW/KUSports.com

Carl Henry must have been hurt very, very badly in his life. Life is, afterall, brutal, at times. It hurts some persons beyond recovery.

From outward appearances, Carl Henry now seems almost tragic--in danger of becoming a kind of prosperous Willy Loman of college basketball.

His wife and sons and KU officials and KU fans must love him, for he is a part of us, as surely as our heroes and ordinaries are, too, but we all ought to defend ourselves from his actions, so that his tragedy is not compounded in anyone else's life related to KU, especially in his sons' lives.

Where Carl Henry is concerned, to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, must apparently be added the tragedy of competition.

The great question looming is whether, or not, the living myth of KU basketball is capable of helping in the averting, or perhaps healing, of the tragedy of the life of Carl Henry, or if tragedy, as is widely held, must remain an irreversible condition.

I dream of a day when Carl Henry puts on the musty letter jacket and comes and stands at center court in Allen Field House, as Wilt Chamberlain once did, and mends his heart and his fences with the living myth of Kansas basketball. The criterion for Wilt Chamberlain's experience must not be based on athletic greatness, alone. It must also be based partly on need. Carl Henry appears to have as great of a need for this sort of experience, as anyone I have ever witnessed.

Wilt Chamberlain had a giantness of spirit and a degree of intellect and appreciation of legacy that allowed him to come back. Does Carl? Kansas had a giantness of spirit then with Wilt. Does it still?

In the unrelenting quest to forge financial security for himself and his children, it is entirely possible that Carl Henry may not quite have enough left in his heart to transcend whatever life has done to him. In the jaded era of mega-money Kansas basketball, where students get the worst seats and what have you done lately outweighs how long have you done it in seating allocations, does the living myth of Kansas basketball have enough left in its spirit to help Carl heal?

Carl, here is what I believe: the heart of Jayhawk nation pulls for you...inspite of what you do and say.

jaybate 5 years, 1 month ago

I can partly understand Carl Henry. His coach was Larry Brown, a man who has made himself wealthy giving to each organization that took him in, while at the same time taking care to get the better of it. At an impressionable age, Carl Henry experienced a net-taker, not a net giver. But so did Danny Manning and he has not let it get the best of him. Maybe the hurt that befell Carl Henry came much earlier in childhood. But Manning, mentored by LB, and cruelly victimized by knee injuries, proves one does not have to succumb to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The choice to succumb, or transcend, remains in each individual's grasp.

We have all had our tragedies, each and everyone of us, and so while we can understand some of Carl Henry's words and deeds, we dare not indulge in them ourselves. IMHO, overcoming tragedy is an obstacle on the razor's edge leading to what salvation an individual may aspire to in this life. In contemporary vernacular, deal with it, Carl.

To love the game, to be a part of the regenerative well-spring of the living myth of Kansas basketball, requires only that you come forward and participate in it, not exploit it. It is not a religion. There is no issue of forgiveness, or sin, or tithing that is required to prevent damnation; though sufficient tithing will prevent loss of good seats. :-)

We mean you no harm, Carl, nor your sons any harm either. We cannot restore what life took from you. Only you can heal from that. But we can wait patiently for you to return one day to cheer with us and not to use us. And if life has left enough love in your heart, one day you will. If not, you, not we, will lose the most.

jaybate 5 years, 1 month ago

One reason I still believe in you and your sons is this: though largely inspite of yourselves, you did finally let the tide of events wash you once more ashore on Mt. Oread in your time of greatest desperation and need...when your pal, Cal, seemed to be pulling you and your sons down a rat hole with him. You, not we, are much better off for it.

Before you and your sons came, we won a national championship, then made it to the Sweet 16 with a green team. After you and your sons came, we had a great regular season, but got knocked out the second round. The proof is in the pudding, Carl. We build for the NCAA tournament at Kansas, not the regular season W&L statement. Danny and the Miracles had a lousy W&L statement, but they got it done when it counted. A second round knock out by palookas was not progress, Carl, that was backsliding. If you have an ounce of sense left, you will advise your eldest son that the Henry family has some unfinished business with Kansas. Dad couldn't get a ring. X couldn't get a ring. But there is still hope for CJ. Henry's were supposed to be some of the missing pieces in a hunt for a national championship--not the only ones, but some of the biggest missing pieces. At least one Henry needs to lead Kansas farther than a second round knock out by palookas...preferably to a National Championship. Your son CJ is good enough to do that, if he really puts his mind to it, gets healthy and if you let him.

Let him.

Rock Chalk!

okiedave 5 years, 1 month ago

X did not use Kansas. X practiced every day, pumped iron. ran drills, sweated with all the other players and scored the second highest number of points on the team. He did everything expected of him as best he could at the time. He owes HCBS, and all the assistant coaches posting on this site, nothing more.

X is doing the smart thing for him. Going to the NBA in his youth with good knees and hips. Sure he will have room to improve, but what NBA player doesn't. Personally wish you stayed another year, but that's my selfish point of view. You made the right choice. Wish you much success, happiness and favorable winds.

X, thanks for a Big XII regular Championship, Big XII tournament Championship and a very good year. Keep in touch.

KULongrtimer 5 years, 1 month ago

Okiedave - right on the mark. Highest frosh point average since DM and didn't play the same number of minutes. Took a lot of offensive rebounds and guarded bigger SF players all season.

A pleasure to watch in HS, a pleasure to watch his game and overall defense improve under HCBS, and he will be a pleasure to watch for many years to come in the NBA.

KULongrtimer 5 years, 1 month ago

One more thing: Xavier has the best smile since Magic Johnson. It is easy to see who enjoys their game of choice by the smile on their face when surrounded by their team in the heat of battle.

FoCoCoHawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate, that almost brought tears to my eyes. It's almost impossible to explain this sort of 'living myth' to non-initiates. The story I tell is when I got a speeding ticket in 1990 going down Tennessee. I noticed the officer's nametag and ended up thanking him for all he had done for KU & Lawrence. For the next two weeks, I went around bragging how Clint Normore had cited me for excessive speed.

Let the healing begin; defend the Phog and keep the streak alive.

RCJH!

okiedave 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm feeling so bad for Calipari at Kensucky. Wall, Cousins and Patterson have all declared for the draft. Starting from scratch is tough.

UncleMiltyN 5 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate- I concur...Carl must be really bitter or something. I think it is very obvious why X went pro. Family pressure is hard to deal with.

Okiedave...I don't know what to say. When I first read your comment about feeling sorry for Calimari, I just knew your were being funny. The second time I read it...I thought you must be serious. Please tell me you don't actually feel sorry for Mr. Snake Oil

X could have had a great Soph season. With the current labor agreement and what might happen with that next year, where he is projected, and the family pressure I can see why people give him the advice they did. I just wish Carl had given him the same advice Cole's dad gave his son. You're only 19 once. There is plenty of time and I'd bet he could get a pretty good injury insurance policy.

dynamitehawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Reality is that we all are trying to do the same - and most likely 99% of us cannot match that earning potential. My only wish is that he does not squander his fortune. Also, that he does the most good on and off the court. His family forced his hand, but most of us would do the same thing in similar circumstances.

dynamitehawk 5 years, 1 month ago

And my son brought home a new word this week from school. Jacktard. Feel free to use it.

I.E. dynamite is a total jacktard

CherryCreekHawk 5 years, 1 month ago

X is a nice kid by all accounts. But a big NBA star? That's a laugh. Poor kid got swallowed up in his jock when the really tough time of the game arrived. Sure, he looks like a million against Kinsley High School, but Carmelo and the good guy from LA will eat this lunch and then send his jock to the laundry.

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