August 19, 2010
Xavier a one-and-done? Sure. Most predicted that.
Well ... who exactly is C.J., again?
In case you forgot, he was a transfer from Memphis who spent three years prior playing hardball in the farm system for the New York Yankees. Five years ago, C.J. verbally committed to Kansas and Self, but left when the Yankees drafted him.
A few years passed, basketball became the passion again, and once the younger Henry made the choice to go to Kansas in the spring of '09, C.J.'s ensuing arrival brought on a lot of high hopes.
Nevertheless, following an injury-riddled year, the older brother of the former Kansas starter/current Memphis Grizzly has decided to leave the program. He and fellow guard, and walk-on, Chase Buford informed Bill Self recently. Self went public with the news yesterday.
"C.J. informed us toward the end of July that he was going to look into other options to further his basketball career," Self said. "At this date, I do not know if anything has officially been decided on what he will be doing or where he will be attending, but he has decided to leave KU. It's a decision I totally respect."
As the story linked above also stated, C.J. was able to save Memphis and Kansas scholarship spots because his contract with the Yankees dictated the baseball club had to pay for his college education. Wherever he lands next, the Steinbrenners will still be footing the bill.
Though both departing players were guards, Kansas isn't exactly thin at the 1 and 2, despite the fact Josh Selby is still waiting to be officially cleared by the NCAA.
Henry averaged 5.6 minutes and 3.1 points per in the 2009-10 campaign. Buford was a scrub who played in 25 minutes total last season. But give it up to him: He wants to enjoy his senior year and start pursuing other things in his life. No doubt he's made friends on that team and will remain close to the program, but for pine-riders, real life can often kick into gear the year of graduation, rather than after it.
Henry is the opposite of that now. With another transfer, he's on his way to becoming the next Brian Cardinal of college basketball.
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