Men's Basketball Standout C.J. Henry Admitted to University of Kansas

May 19, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Standout guard C.J. Henry has been admitted at the University of Kansas and will play men’s basketball at KU for the 2009-10 season, Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.

“We’ve been waiting to announce C.J. and are proud to formally do it today,” Self said. “We’ve known C.J. and his family for years and although it took a while, we are glad to have him here.”

Henry joins his younger brother, Xavier, who signed a grant-in aid in April to play basketball at KU beginning in the 2009-10 season.

“All Kansas fans should be very excited to have not one but two second-generation Jayhawks in our program,” Self said.

C.J., a 6-4, 210-pound guard, was a non-scholarship freshman at Memphis last season, but did not play due to injury. In 2005, he verbally committed to playing basketball at KU, but the New York Yankees then made him their first-round pick (overall No. 17) in the MLB Amateur Draft. He played three years of professional baseball in the minor leagues before heading to Memphis.

“C.J. is a point guard who can really shoot the basketball,” Self said. “His absence from competition from basketball for four years will be a transition for him, but he has always kept a ball in his hands over that period of time.

“His mentality, strength, knowledge and skill set should immediately impact our program and make us a better team,” Self added. “Our biggest concern presently is for C.J. to get 100 percent healthy as he was unable to participate at Memphis last season due to a broken foot.”

Prior to his pro baseball career, C.J. was a basketball standout at Putnam City High School, where he averaged 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.4 steals earning all-state honors his senior season in 2005. As a junior he averaged 22.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Pirates, and in 2003 he was a member of Putnam City’s 6A state championship team. Both Henrys played for Coach A.D. Burtschi at Putnam City.

The Henry brothers are the sons of former basketball-playing Jayhawks Carl and Barbara (Adkins) Henry. Carl played for Coach Larry Brown and led Kansas in scoring in 1983 at 17.4 points per game, earning All-Big Eight Conference second-team honors. His senior season he was named All-Big Eight first-team, averaging a team-high 16.8 ppg.

Barbara Henry was a four-year letterwinner for KU Head Coach Marian Washington from 1982-85. She averaged eight points and five rebounds for her career, including 11.9 ppg her sophomore year and 10.7 ppg as a junior. She led Kansas in rebounding in 1983 with 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Barbara’s sister, Vickie (Adkins) Summers, was also a standout player at Kansas from 1983-86. She ranks fourth on the KU career scoring list with 1,786 points, earning All-Big Eight Conference first-team honors three times (1984-85-86).

The Henry duo joins Elijah Johnson and Thomas Robinson, who signed national letters of intent with Kansas in the fall. Center Jeff Withey, a 6-11 transfer from Arizona who will be eligible following the fall semester, will also be a newcomer in 2009-10.

Kansas Men’s Basketball 2009-10 Newcomers

C.J. Henry – G, 6-4, 210, Oklahoma City, Okla., Memphis, Putnam City HS

Xavier Henry – G, 6-6, 210, Oklahoma City, Okla., Putnam City HS

Elijah Johnson – G, 6-2, 183, Las Vegas, Nev., Cheyenne HS

Thomas Robinson – F, 6-8, 225, Washington, D.C., Brewster (N.J.) Academy

Jeff Withey – C, 6-11, 220, San Diego, Calif., Arizona, Horizon HS