Did Xavier Henry make the right decision by declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft?

Yes 29% 1814 votes

No 65% 3991 votes

Undecided 4% 259 votes

6064 total votes


trmatlock 10 years, 6 months ago

If it is just for the money- yes. If he thinks he is ready to play at that level and make an impact- no. He wasn't even that good at KU. He doesn't have the character or work ethic.

cffighter86 10 years, 6 months ago

You sir are an idiot if you are questioning X's character. He is a class act. Work ethic, I heard numerous times he was one the hardest working plyers on the team... You sound bitter.

ydoow53 10 years, 6 months ago

X will soon be the poster boy, at the end of the NBA bench, of "WHY NOT TO BE ONE AND DONE". Maybe KU can bring him back to talk with other players who have grandeous delusions that they are prepared for the NBA. Not sure what HCBS saw to say that X was ready for the NBA. I must have been watching a different game all season long.

kvskubball 10 years, 6 months ago

He's going to be drafted in the first round, and get a 3 year contract, worth about 9 million dollars, with at least two of those years gauranteed....

How is going pro a mistake for him?...even if he sets on the bench?...

Your perspective is that of a fan(atic)

As a fan, and a practical person...I say that he made the right choice...especially considering the uncertainty of the new CBA that might cause a lockout after the end of next season...meaning that just like Paul Pierce, he'd be locked out in his first season...

So, though I would have liked him to stay, and yes he would have benefitted from another year of improvement...He's gone and done the right thing for himself...

I'm just guessing, but I think you probably tend to do what is best for you...don't you? I admit that I try to....

brilljayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Guess you don't have to go to the right in the NBA?

Priest Fontaine 10 years, 6 months ago

Trmatlock -

wasn't even that good at KU? really? come on. he did have a slump for a while but didnt he still manage to be our 2nd leader scorer of all time as a freshman behind danny manning? or did he surpass danny? and to question his character is just ignorant. The kid is all smiles and southern oklahomie charm. He is getting drafted based on his potential in the NBA. he has worked hard to get to this point and we should be proud of him. I can't believe some of you crazy people. Please root for another team. I don't want to be associated with you.

jmfitz - you have to be kidding. This year was a huge let down but if we are looking to next year then that is reason to be excited. not even more negative! Regardless of who we get, we are returning an amazing squad. Little and Releford and elijah johnson have been waiting for this coming year. Can't wait to see them on the court together. We have a great chance of getting Selby but if not we are still a top ten team. We won't have a target on our backs this next year. Not as much pressure. not as much to lose.

Linda Daxon 10 years, 6 months ago

X leaving now assures he will be forgotten in a flash. It will be like he was never here; no legacy, no outstanding moments. Yah, he did set the freshman debut scoring record but even that will be forgotten quick enough. All in all I think he cost us more than we got for having him. But I do wish him the best in the NBA. He seems like a nice kid.

areyouserious 10 years, 6 months ago

You people don't have a clue...................Absolutely correct decision. If the NBA will pay him, why the hell wouldnt you? You people are selfish that want him to stay. Who cares what he did, or what he could do? Supply and Demand and GM personal perception of value are what drive the NBA.

I agree Xavier was average at best this year, but thats not the issue at hand, its wether you make 2 million this year and next year or make 3 million next year. Not that hard to figure out. Take the money and bounce!

jayhawkjoe98 10 years, 6 months ago

This is the correct financial decision especially with the looming 2012 lockout.

I'm not sure why, but people tend to forget that players actually can improve while they are in the league. In fact, many players do so.

Best of luck to Xavier.

I wonder what will become of CJ...

swunruh 10 years, 6 months ago

We had an opportunity to meet Xavier this winter. He was a very polite young man. The state of the NBA's financial situation is almost forcing Xavier to enter the draft. It is about the money. Basketball will be his job now. It's unfortunate. Another year at KU would be fun for him and help him. We wish him well.

quigley 10 years, 6 months ago

CJ will be ancient history come midnight doubt.

Mike Hamilton 10 years, 6 months ago

I have to agree that this is the correct decision. It seems to me that the NBA drafts on potential more than any other sport. They like his body, raw ability, etc., and that is what they are banking on. I can't blame anyone for this, to make the kind of money they will make. If need be, they can go back for a degree later but if they are smart with their money, will they really need that?

I agree with what others say, he was average at best this year, but thats not what is driving this decision. The fact that he can make the big bucks now, makes the decision fairly easy.

I hate this one-and-done era but I think we will see more and more of that in the upcoming years here at KU.

Bill Kackley 10 years, 6 months ago

If the lockout is coming up in 2012, it is the right decision. If not, wrong decision. He is far from ready for NBA and will eventually get lost in the shuffle but at least he will have the money. I, personally, am against getting the one and done players. If you want a winning program, you need players who stay around for at least 3 and preferably 4 years. Look at Butler and Duke.

jayhawkjoe98 10 years, 6 months ago

If you want to be successful year in and year out, you have to recruit the one-and-done players. If not, you do end up like Purdue or Butler. One final four every 200 years.

yates33333 10 years, 6 months ago

I think his decision was good for KU. It frees up another scholarship that Self can use. Several current players can replace X assuming X wasn't going to develop into what many anticipated he would be this year--another and taller John Wall. If that would have happened then this decision is good for no one. X will have a tough time initially in pro ball. I hope I am wrong regarding his future. I hope he becomes the rookie of the year or just behind Collins as such.

sdoyel 10 years, 6 months ago

Some of you guys are hilarious. How is X not any good if he fell 13 points shy of breaking Danny's Freshman Scoring Record????

CasperCorps 10 years, 6 months ago

He made the right decision, Rush should have left after his freshmen year and his stock went way down. Henry's stock can only go down from here after seeing his inability to drive and shaky shot... If he gets better with age, he'll get better and be rich.

superdave 10 years, 6 months ago

I don't think he's ready to play in the NBA, but he still probably made the right decision. I don't think he was likely to improve greatly and at this point may have more improvement potential than he would have if he stuck around a year or two. These aren't conflicting statements - I don't think he will improve all that much (already has the strength and shot), but others may view his youth as a positive reflection of his likelihood to show improvement. Look at who plays the 2 guard in the NBA and ask who's roster spot he will take. Our style of play is not conducive to decisive victories, and we are always at risk of an early exit in the tourney (a shame we don't play best of five series). Maybe X declaring early will help land Selby or Lamb. (I'm guessing Selby).

David Howell 10 years, 6 months ago

I say good riddance .......... He will be lucky to be picked in the top 20 players ! There are a ton of great seniors and underclassmen going pro plus the normal influx of foreign players.

X had his moments, but mostly against lesser competition. He really only excelled while standing out near the 3 point line. He quit driving to the bucket as much as he should have and most games his defense was very average.

And now we can see what Travis Releford has to offer us !! If everything we've heard about his improvement is true, I can't wait. Plus he has another 6 months to improve further and get stronger .............

Greg Lux 10 years, 6 months ago

Is he ready as an NBA player .. NO .. Did he make the right decision .. only if there is an owners lockout next year. This way he gets some money now .. Not as much as he would if he waits and thats the problem MONEY. He wants it and I don't blame him or applaud him. Its his live. I personally think he would be better off staying but thats history now, so I wish him the best and still encourage the NCAA and NBA to allow pre-college players to enter the draft and restrict college entrants to as least 3 yrs of college to enter the draft. This one and done does nothing for the university or college athletics. It's time to stop this nonsense. College is about a future education. One and done is not about helping college or college athletics its all about the player .. I say let them go straight to the NBA and not disrupt the college process..

Kevin Crook 10 years, 6 months ago

I would have loved to have seen him for another year or two, but he's got to take the money. If he's going to be a first round pick, he'd be foolish to pass it up, especially with a real lockout possibility. Too many people on here were looking for too much from him. He was almost never the first option in our offense. He had two All Americans to defer to. You also can't compare him to Michael Beasley or Kevin Durant. They did not have the talent around them that X had. He's a good kid, and even though a couple more years of college ball would have made him better, he can get better in the NBA as he gets paid! No more classes!!! He will be drafted based on his potential, and one day he will be a great NBA player. I just hope CJ comes back next year, we need his 3-ball!!!!

Rod Huffman 10 years, 6 months ago

I first want to wish X the best of luck with the draft and the NBA. I don't think he is quit ready for it though. Another year of "X"perience would've been good for him as well as KU basketbal, but that's not gonna happen now. So all that is left is to wish him well with his future. Rock Chalk!

Mike Kendall 10 years, 6 months ago

I think X is a good player but not a great player. I believe the decision was made because of money. Is he ready for the NBA? No. I believe parents had a huge bearing on his decision. Probably good for KU because it opens up another scholarship for the program. I wish X the best. He definitely had his moments this past season. It is unfortunate with all of his talent that the Jayhawks couldn't get past the Second Round. Time will tell if X made the right decision.

Scott Smetana 10 years, 6 months ago

Reed would have given us more consistency, defense, experience, and most importantly Passion this year with X's minutes. I'm disappointed X chose then left KU.

ChicagoJHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Is X ready for the NBA? HELL NO! Does that matter? No. X probably knows he's not ready either but I'm sure he's thinking to himself, "F it. If all those scouts think I'm ready and are willing to offer me money then who am I to turn it down??"

It's amazing that people still think he's NBA ready after going through that 8-10 game slump. If he goes through that big of a slump against college players, what makes him think he'll do well in the NBA?

Leaving for the NBA was still the right decision. Like I said, if the NBA thinks he's ready then why not? The longer he sticks around in college, the more his game will be exposed, and I think his stock will drop.

Best of luck to you X, hope you prove me wrong!

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 6 months 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.

Joe Baker 10 years, 6 months ago

After hearing the press conference, yes, he made the right decision and it's his choice!

Who cares what anyone else thinks. It doesn't matter!

Good to see good things happen to good people!

He'll get better and most people are looking at this from the wrong perspective.

Great news for KU and proud to be a Jayhawk!

Eric Schneider 10 years, 6 months ago

Another thing to consider folks. It is very real possibility there will not be an NBA Draft next year. A lockout is on the horizon. And the sides aren't even close right now. Even if there is no lockout, the rookie salary cap is likely to go down considerably. I'm sure that swayed his decision to some degree.

Mike Skiles 10 years, 6 months ago

Fact: X is at an optimal point of value currently, and will make bunches of $$$.

Fact: X could get injured next year, and kill his NBA $$$ payoff (or lessen it).

Fact: X had a stellar freshman year and the stats show that - those who ignore are ignoramouses!

Fact: X added much more to the team than he detracted. It was fun watching him this year.

Fact: We will all remember X much longer than the majority of the negative, cry in their beers, cup is almost empty posters on this site!

I wish nothing but success for X at the next level, and thank him for his Jayhawk contributions. RCJH!

Kevin Huffman 10 years, 6 months ago

Everywhere I see it he's being projected anywhere from 10th - 18th. If he ends up drafted 15th - 18th, then I think he made a HUGE $ mistake. Non-Lottery First Rounders don't make NEARLY the $ that Lottery First Rounders do.

Cole meanwhile has been rated about 6th - 8th....guaranteed lottery pick.

If the whole Lockout threat wasn't there it would've been WAY SMARTER for Xavier to have come back for one more year to see if he could crack that 5th - 8th slot himself and guarateen himself a Lottery First Round Slot and the Bigger Bucks.

Kevin Huffman 10 years, 6 months ago

juke4jay (anonymous) says… Fact: X is at an optimal point of value currently, and will make bunches of $$$.

Fact: X could get injured next year, and kill his NBA $$$ payoff (or lessen it).

Fact: X had a stellar freshman year and the stats show that - those who ignore are ignoramouses!

Fact: X added much more to the team than he detracted. It was fun watching him this year.

Fact: We will all remember X much longer than the majority of the negative, cry in their beers, cup is almost empty posters on this site!

I wish nothing but success for X at the next level, and thank him for his Jayhawk contributions. RCJH!

***Idiotic post.

Geez! How far do you have to go back to see what Julian Wright threw away?!?!?!?!?! A shot at a nat'l. championship and a chance to have made himself into something worth drafting instead of the bench fodder he's become!

Heck, at least then Julian has some freakish athletic ability to play D....Xavier doesn't even have that!!!! No, I think you'll pretty much not hear much from Xavier again and I SERIOUSLY think that would NOT have been the case if he gave himself some more development time at the college level. My hopes for him were that he'd look like Brandon Rush by the time he was done with us. I don't think that he could touch Rush with a 10' pole vs. the time when Brandon left us after that '08 Championship season now!

And to whoever said Rush should've left after HIS freshman season....are you * kidding me?!?!?!?! Yes, he regressed over his Sophomore season, but he was 1,000,000 times the player in his Junior Year vs. his other two years as a Jayhawk!!!

hawksforlife 10 years, 6 months ago

Congrats X. Thanks for a good season. Everybody needs to get over this. This is what happens when you recruit potential OAD talent. Every once and a while they actually do leave after one year. Xavier was a great player for us this season. Could he have been better? Absolutely. Was he one of the best freshman to ever play at KU? Absolutely.

We're going to have a great season next year cause we're already loaded with Talent. T Rob and EJ have experience, athleticism and skill. Little and Releford will be hungry. Add the possibility of landing some Top Recruits with available scholarships and we've got absolutely no reason to complain. Good luck to X, Cole and Sherron at the next level. I hope they all perform well, because that's one of the biggest assets to recruiting top level talent. If we have quality Alumns in the League, all the more reason for Top Level talent to come to KU.

Jack Wilson 10 years, 6 months ago

I will say that I am just floored by some of the negatity toward X. Ok, he wasn't Beasley or Durant. Who is, other than, well Beasley and Durant? It would have been great for him to stay and he probably would have improved, much like Rush. Actually, I think X was better than Rush (in Rush's freshman year). And I think X will end up a better pro in the end. He will have two more years of earnings on the frontside.

And for those that point to Julian Wright, how can you say he made the wrong decision? Heck, if he stayed, perhaps that would have jacked with our chemistry and we don't win the title. He's a millionaire, and KU has a title. Seems to have worked out great.

Kevin Huffman 10 years, 6 months ago


How great has it worked out for the Hornets. With that high of a pick, needless to say, they were expecting a star player...or at least a star player within 3-4 years....not the bench fodder Julian's been since he's been there!

Dr. Robert s. Mosser 10 years, 6 months ago

There is no chance that allowing high school grads into the NBA and not allowing college players to enter at ANY time they wanted would stand up legally. Think of it logically. To restrict the college players from entering the NBA draft would simply be challenged as a restriction of trade. There are numerous legal examples already on the books. How do you make the case that a high school grad is phyically and mentally ready and a college sophomore is not?

Kevin Huffman 10 years, 6 months ago

All you need to do is look to the other sports.

NFL - Typically the earliest you see most leave is after their junior year in college....every once in a while I think a sophomore can leave.

MLB - a ton of high schoolers leave, but you don't often see them up before at least almost a full 2 years in the minors....ends up moreso similar to the NFL model in that way than the NBA, where they take College freshmen away

NHL - same as MLB.

Even with the modification from straight out of high school to now College Freshmen, still pales to the requirements of the other pro sports.

dmb41fan 10 years, 6 months ago

He clearly is making a mistake, if he doesn't get drafted in the first 14 picks he will not get any gauranteed money, therefore his concern about getting the money b/f it goes away is a moot point. I think NBA scouts will be more willing to go with a Lance Stephenson or a Udoh over X, which will move him down in the list. He didn't contribute alot this year, that would say, he should go to the NBA. I think there are alot of people in his ear, telling him the wrong thing. I'm pretty sure with all the $ his brother made from the Yankee's he could've stayed another year w/o any financial issues. I think Bill is happy though to be rid of X's dad from the drama he helped insight. I wish you luck X, you are going to need it.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 6 months ago

jmfitz ..if that was your 'hoping for the best' attitude, i would hate to see you looking at KU negatively.

KULee 10 years, 6 months ago

X did the smart thing, I would love to have seen him return, however, if I had the opportunity that he has (I don't because I don't deserve it), I would take it. Thanks X for the time here at KU. I wish you only the best.

Mike Schell 10 years, 6 months ago

okay as a ku fan i would of loved for x to come back.. i dont think there is a fan out there that didnt want him to come back? am i selfish for this yes!! but as a ku fan we are going to be that way twards are team because we want to do good and have the best chance at winning... do i think x had a great year no. but i do think he helped are team out alot and could of done more in alot of places on the court. do i think he should of came back yes! one more year wouldnt of killed him and it would of made everybody in a better mood about next year.. but i cant blame him for going pro if i had the same chance to be making $$$$$$ i would take it.. he wont be remembered for alot here at ku because as a fan i dont feel the tie with x like i did with mario or brandon or other ku players that were here for a long time.. thats just how i feel. i wish him the best he has a nba ready body and i hope he can make ku proud by not setting on the bench n the nba... thanks x i wish we coulda done something with this team this year... hopefully we land selby and we will bounce back like always rock chalk

Robin Smith 10 years, 6 months ago

x is a bigger and stronger eric gordon = starter or sixth man, lock

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