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Putnam City's Xavier Henry says he's staying with Kansas

From Staff Reports Modified: July 1, 2009 at 8:07 am •  Published: July 1, 2009

Former Putnam City guard Xavier Henry says he is staying with his plans to play basketball at Kansas.

Xavier Henry texted a Kansas City radio station Tuesday saying he decided to stay with the Jayhawks. Earlier in the day, Henry's father, Carl Henry, told a Kansas City radio station that his son might have had a change of heart about attending Kansas, according to reports in the Kansas City Star and Louisville Courier-Journal.

Kansas coach Bill Self few to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night to talk with the Henry family.

In an interview that aired on 610-AM in Kansas City, Carl Henry said his son, one of the nation's top recruits, originally wanted to follow ex-Memphis coach John Calipari to Kentucky before committing to the Jayhawks.

Neither Xavier nor Carl Henry returned calls from The Oklahoman on Tuesday.

Xavier Henry is a 6-6 shooting guard who was a McDonald's All-American and The Oklahoman's state Player of the Year honors after leading PC to the Class 6A state title.

Xavier Henry announced on April 23 he would attend Kansas with his brother C.J. But because he signed and was released from a national letter of intent at Memphis, Xavier Henry is not allowed to sign a second letter of intent, making the commitment non-binding.

Despite his April commitment to the Jayhawks, Xavier Henry is not enrolled at Kansas, the Star reported.

Carl Henry told the radio station that his son committed to Kansas because Xavier's mother, Barbara, did not want to move to Kentucky.

"If it wasn't for his momma saying that 'I would not go to Kentucky,' Xavier would have been at Kentucky,' " Carl Henry said during the radio interview.


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