Xavier Henry

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Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry Kansas 2010.jpg
Henry during his college tenure with Kansas in 2010
No. 7 – Los Angeles Lakers
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1991-03-15) March 15, 1991 (age 23)
Ghent, Belgium
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolPutnam City
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
CollegeKansas (2009–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career2010–present
Career history
20102012Memphis Grizzlies
20122013New Orleans Hornets
2012Iowa Energy (D-League)
2013–presentLos Angeles Lakers
2014Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry Kansas 2010.jpg
Henry during his college tenure with Kansas in 2010
No. 7 – Los Angeles Lakers
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1991-03-15) March 15, 1991 (age 23)
Ghent, Belgium
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolPutnam City
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
CollegeKansas (2009–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career2010–present
Career history
20102012Memphis Grizzlies
20122013New Orleans Hornets
2012Iowa Energy (D-League)
2013–presentLos Angeles Lakers
2014Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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

Henry's brother, C. J., was a 2005 MLB draft first round pick and returned to college after playing three years of minor-league baseball in the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies' organizations.[1] The brothers' father, Carl, played basketball at Kansas in the 1980s[2] and their mother played basketball for the Kansas women's team.[3]

High school career[edit]

Henry was named to the 2009 McDonald's All-American Team where he scored 14 points.[4] Henry was also selected to play in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland where he led Team USA with 22 points including six 3 pointers[5] and the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden where he scored 10 points for the white team.[6] He was SLAM Magazine's high school diary keeper for the 2008–09 basketball season.[7] On March 14, 2009, he led Putnam City High School to the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship, scoring 24 points in the title game against Jenks High School.[8]

On October 22, 2008, Henry was in a car accident and fractured his cheekbone. He had to have surgery in November and he missed the beginning of his senior season.[9]

Recruitment[edit]

By the end of his senior season, Henry was ranked as the #6 overall prospect and #2 shooting guard in the class of 2009 by Scout.com,[10] #8 overall and #3 shooting guard by Rivals.com[11] and #3 overall, #2 shooting guard by ESPN.[12] Originally, Henry was heavily recruited by both Memphis and Kansas. On Nov. 18, 2008 Henry announced his commitment to Memphis citing the opportunity to play alongside his brother, C.J., as the primary reason for the decision.[13]

In March 2009, Memphis' head coach John Calipari took the head coaching job at the University of Kentucky, prompting Henry to reopen his recruitment.[14]

On April 23, Xavier officially announced his choice to play basketball for Kansas.[15]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Xavier Henry
SG
Oklahoma City, OKPutnam City6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)210 lb (95 kg)Apr 23, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98

College career[edit]

Henry guarding future Lakers and D-Fenders teammate Manny Harris of Michigan on December 19, 2009

Henry scored 27 points in his first college game, breaking the record for most points scored by a Jayhawk in a debut game as a freshman.[16] On December 12, 2009, Henry scored 31 points against LaSalle at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. In doing so he became the first KU freshman to score 30 points in a game since Paul Pierce. Henry's 31 points was four short of the KU record for points scored by a freshman set by KU legend Danny Manning.[17]

College statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2009–10Kansas363627.5.458.418.7834.41.51.5.513.4
Career363627.5.458.418.7834.41.51.5.513.4

Professional career[edit]

On April 7, 2010, Henry announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA draft, where he was expected to be a first round selection.[18] On June 24, Henry was selected 12th overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

On January 4, 2012, Henry was acquired by New Orleans Hornets as a part of a three-team trade that sent Marreese Speights to Memphis Grizzlies and two future second round picks to Philadelphia 76ers.[19] Henry was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League in March 2012.[20]

On September 5, 2013, Henry signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[21] In his debut on October 29, 2013, he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while scoring a career high 22 points.[22] On February 27, 2014, he was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.[23] On March 2, 2014, he was recalled by the Lakers.[24] On April 7, 2014, Henry underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.[25]

On July 25, 2014, Henry re-signed with the Lakers[26] to a reported one-year, $1 million contract.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2010–11Memphis381613.9.406.118.6351.0.5.3.14.3
2011–12New Orleans45016.9.395.412.6122.4.8.6.25.3
2012–13New Orleans50212.5.410.364.6301.8.3.3.13.9
2013–14L.A. Lakers43521.1.417.346.6552.71.21.0.210.0
Career1762316.0.408.325.6382.0.7.6.15.9

Personal life[edit]

Henry is a Christian. Henry has spoken about his faith saying, "I understand the world is not all about me. I want to lead people to Christ, do the best I can and make life worthwhile. Life is about other things. It's helping people out and being a servant to everybody else."[28]

Henry was born in Ghent, Belgium, where his father played professional basketball in the early 1990s.[29] His older brother, C. J. Henry, was picked with the 17th pick in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball first year player draft. After struggling with baseball, C. J. went to college and returned to basketball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pete Thamel. "A Top Prospect Could Turn Into a Package Deal". New York Times. July 9, 2007. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  2. ^ Brandon Lilly. "Bracing for success: Putnam City's Henry appears ready for the next step". Sports Illustrated. January 8, 2008. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  3. ^ Mom Played Basketball in College
  4. ^ syndication=rss Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game box scores
  5. ^ World stars surprise USA at Nike Hoop Summit
  6. ^ Big men shine in Jordan Brand Classic
  7. ^ Ryan Jones. "Xavier Henry Will Be Televised". SLAM Online. March 19, 2009. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  8. ^ Ryan Aber. "Class 6A boys: Putnam City routs Jenks for trophy". NewsOK.com. March 15, 2009. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  9. ^ Xavier Henry breaks cheekbone
  10. ^ Scout Top 100
  11. ^ Rivals Top 150
  12. ^ ESPNU 100
  13. ^ Henry picks Memphis
  14. ^ James Pennington. "Father of No. 1 recruit, Xavier Henry, says he will decommit from Memphis". Kentucky Kernel. March 31, 2009. Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  15. ^ Xavier Henry announces he’s coming to KU
  16. ^ J. Brady McCollough. "Henry sets KU debut record for freshman with 27 points". Kansas City Star. November 13, 2009. Retrieved on November 14, 2009.
  17. ^ Gary Bedore. "Henry scores 31 in rout of Explorers". Lawrence-Journal World. December 13, 2009. Retrieved on December 14, 2009.
  18. ^ "Kansas Freshman Henry Declares For NBA Draft". tsn.ca. April 7, 2010. 
  19. ^ "HORNETS ACQUIRE HENRY". NBA.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  20. ^ Hornets Assign Xavier Henry To Iowa Energy
  21. ^ Lakers Sign Xavier Henry
  22. ^ Notebook: Lakers 116, Clippers 103
  23. ^ Xavier Henry Assigned to the D-Fenders
  24. ^ Lakers Recall Xavier Henry
  25. ^ Xavier Henry Injury Update
  26. ^ "Lakers Re-sign Xavier Henry". NBA.com. July 25, 2014. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. 
  27. ^ Xavier Henry Agrees Upon One-Year, $1M Deal With Lakers
  28. ^ "Bigger than the game: Professing Christians play valued roles in Memphis Grizzlies' team spirit". 
  29. ^ Jenni Carlson. "Xavier Henry has plenty of reasons to keep smiling". NewsOK.com. March 6, 2008. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.

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