By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org •
Published: June 20, 2010
/articleid/3469861/1/pictures/987618"> Former Kansas and Putnam City star Xavier Henry could be a lottery pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. AP PHOTO
The 6-foot-7 shooting guard wanted to prove he's a complete player.
"There's a little bit of the chip-on-your-shoulder feeling,” he said. "You feel like when you work out for teams you have to prove something.”
And he has proven himself over and over during the pre-draft process. At one point Henry was a projected top five pick by Ford, but he tumbled to the late teens after questions about his game arose.
Now, Ford considers him the No. 8 prospect available and called him the player who is "getting less draft attention than he deserves” in early June.
Henry proved himself to be a better athlete than NBA scouts believed with stellar measurements at the NBA combine in Chicago, then he put together a string of superb workouts with the Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors and others.
"It got under my skin a little bit,” he said. "It wasn't that I couldn't do it, I just didn't have to do it on a team with two All-Americans (Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich).
"I knew when I got to this point in the process, where I could show my own game, I'd be just fine.”