Xavier, C.J. Henry expected to pick a college Thursday

LAWRENCE | The Xavier and C.J. Henry recruiting saga appears to be coming to an end. According to, the Henry brothers will announce their college decision on Thursday morning at 11:15 at Putnam City (Okla.) High School.

Numerous internet reports -- including one at -- are indicating the Henrys have already made their decision and will choose Kansas over Kentucky and Memphis.

An oral commitment from Xavier Henry, the No. 8 overall player in the Class of 2009 (No. 3 shooting guard), would put the Jayhawks at the NCAA maximum of 13 scholarships. Xavier Henry certainly would appear to be the perfect last piece of the puzzle for the 2009-10 season. At 6-foot-6, he would likely jump into the No. 3 slot formerly filled by Brandon Rush.

C.J. Henry, who sat out last season at Memphis, would come to KU as a walk-on because his three years playing professional baseball in the New York Yankees system prohibit him from receiving a scholarship. But, as a part of his contract with the Yankees, the franchise will pay for C.J.’s schooling.

It was long assumed that Xavier and C.J. would play at Kansas, where their parents, Carl Henry and Barbara Atkins, both played basketball. But, while C.J. orally committed to KU in 2005 before signing with the Yankees, he chose to play for Calipari at Memphis last August. Xavier, in an effort to keep his family together, chose Memphis in November.

But when Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky, the Henrys reopened their recruitment. After a rumor-filled three weeks, they have decided not to visit Kentucky and make their announcement.