High school: Xavier Henry ends bumpy ride at top

BY RYAN ABER Modified: April 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm •  Published: April 12, 2009
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/> Barbara mostly stayed out of Xavier’s basketball education, save a stint coaching his team at the Y when he was young.

She also mostly stayed out of sight at his games, preferring to sit up high while Carl was front and center.

"People criticize your kids and other people’s children and I just prefer not to hear it,” Barbara Henry said.

"All those kids are doing their best and I don’t want to hear that.”

Barbara still had plenty of influence on Xavier on the court.

"She’s done everything for me,” Xavier said. "I’ll look up and see her and that gives me focus.”

Carl, though, was clearly the one who pushed him to not only play basketball, but excel in it.

It also helped that his older brother, C.J., went through the same things he did.

Carl spent countless hours molding Xavier and C.J. into the kind of players that would not only excel in high school but beyond.

And while the state championship was certainly a milestone, it was far from the culmination of anything other than high school basketball.

"I guess that’s a good feeling and he’s finally accomplished it,” Carl Henry said. "But looking ahead, I couldn’t wait until high school basketball was over with.”

Now that it is, the Henry family is looking to find out where Xavier — and quite possibly C.J. — fit in best in college. He signed with Memphis but John Calipari’s departure threw that into question.

He’ll now decide between Memphis, Kansas and Kentucky.