"Draft Series: Xavier Henry" -- ChiXclusive
Xavier Henry - once bear resemblance to Chuckie Finster from Rugrats in part of his hair - has been on my radar as of late. When you look at this Frosh, primarily his physique is what materializes. Then, his family structure exudes pedigree. His brother, C.J., while currently accompanying him on Kansas basketball team, is playing professional baseball during the summers. Also, Xavier's mother and father played basketball professionally. I've never surveyed a more symbolic understanding of Shooting Guard than Xavier Henry. The adult body, but youthful appearance, Henry's arms pack extra-punch, which allows him to duplicate his last shot attempt with consistency - in his own words, "shooting is easy". His Jump-shot is pure as Michael Redd's. Henry's 18 year old strength holds much to desire in the near future, if you haven't already heard. I must admit, at this stage of his premature career, Xavier is ahead of former Jayhawk, Brandon Rush. Xavier's first game of the schedule resulted in a outburst for 27 points, recording 5 of 8 from downtown, with additions of 6 for 6 at the free-throw line and he hasn't simmered since. Before going into the game against Hofstra, the 18 year old was asked how hard has it been adjusting to the College game, his response was plain, "I exceed under pressure." While John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, and other Freshmen get the hype from Dick Vitale, Xavier Henry is trying to be incognito. In every game, so far this year, with two justified stars on the same roster, Xavier has found his niche and admits he's still learning the system that hasn't become second nature. There's no confusion about his ability to score, pass, or play defense. Although, some critics are harping on his lack-of when putting the ball on the floor - that should come along as he matures. In one's own view, Henry doesn't need to put the ball on the floor, his Jump-shot thwarts a lot of catastrophes from igniting.
His jump shot is great. A truly deadly weapon. The only downside of his game is that he lacks big time explosiveness and speed. That will be more noticeable at the next level.