Xavier Henry draft profile

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Xavier Henry (Kansas, Freshman)
SG, 6'6, 210 lbs, 18 years old

Henry a 6'6 guard has tremendous strength, decent athleticism, but mainly a great set shot.  He came to Kansas as one of the top Freshman and started off playing like it.  Henry was able to get in different three point areas and rely off of Sherron Collins drive and kick, or the pass out from a Cole Aldrich in the post.  However, teams started to adjust and would stay out on Henry and he did not adjust during the season by using any ball fakes, penetrating to a spot, or setting up others. Defensively, Henry is to slow at foot to chase guards around picks and not quick enough to guard penetrating small-forwards.  Henry would benefit by losing a few pounds and seeing if he could gain some quickness.  He should play off small-forwards, learn how to cut them off from penetrating by playing the angles, and using his body as a weapon.  

How does his game translate to the NBA?

Right now, Henry is pretty one-dimensional at being a great shooter.  He does have a few great qualities in that he is a team player, high basketball IQ, plays hard, and can pass the ball.  He would have benefited by learning how to become a go-to score in college with Collins and Aldrich done playing at Kansas, but his game might have also been exposed.  Henry should learn by using his body and his passing skills by adding a post up game and learning to score in the post or pass out.  

Overall, Henry would be a solid addition from picks 20 until the end of the first round.  He would do well next to a penetrating guard such as a Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, or a Chris Paul type player.  Henry, does not have the speed to set himself up offensively off of picks and has a slow release on his shot.  If he does not expand his game besides shooting, he could be a bust.  If he is able to expand, he can be a poor man's James Harden and solidify himself as a good role player for a long time in the NBA.

How does he fit on the Bulls?

One of the Bulls main needs is a shooter and he fits the bill of a shooter with size at the guard/small forward position.  He would get some open shots from Rose, but I just do not know if he would provide anything else, plus I feel the hype will have him taken higher.  At this pick, it is more likely that there will be better players available with higher upside and player with more of an all-around game.  If the Bulls were picking in the mid 20's and he was still there, I would take him. 

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  • Kevin,

    That's more like it.

    I GUARANTEE you that Xavier Henry gets an INTERVIEW PAGE on BULLS DRAFT CENTRAL.

    He would be a very nice compliment to DROSE in the Bulls' backcourt.

  • I was busy yesterday, but like I said I'd have to pass on Willie Warren for the reasons I stated(poor activity numbers in rebounds and steals. Also 43.8% shooting and a problematic attitude at least when I watched him).

    As for Henry if you have a poor handle then you have to at least have good lateral quickness on defense to be worth it. Apparently he doesn't. Due to his rep in these areas and his scoring was not earth shattering I did not watch him play much this year/he was not on my list of prospects. If he improves condition wise/ defensively with increased scoring on a high field goal percentage(45%) and up he may be worth selection at some point in the future i.e. needs more time. Pass for now.

  • Sounds like the second coming of Kareem Rush to me.

  • I think he has the shooting range we need,the possibility to be a really good defender, and he can work on his explosiveness.

    I dont think he will last till our pick tho. there are alot of bigs but I dont think alot of the teams will take a big just because they are there.

  • As far as his shot disappearing with the dribble, I dont think its necessarily a horrible thing. Deng isn't that good of a shooter off the dribble. A Lot of shit shots are lspot up or in transition. It works well for him but he is able to drive when healthy. I would figure Henry would be that except taller and at the two spot.

  • True. He's definitely too much of a question mark for me right now, but with his size, shooting ability, and pedigree for such a young age are all tell tale signs that he could become a decent/legit pro. And at a school like Kansas with so many contributors may somewhat distort his production potential/limit his opps.

    He definitely would do well with at least one more year at the college level to improve his handle, and his defense. But when you're rated in the top 13-15 near Lotteryville many guys jump on it, and you can't really blame them financially. Then again some guys see a major leap in draft position/money by waiting that extra year such as Evan Turner. But he was already a semi- proven stud based on his stats/production.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    He could still gain lateral quickness and if he does watch out. However,right now and not having that potential, he has a lot of work to do to have a chance to be a good pro.

  • Thats what Im talking about! Xavier Henry as the 1st profile! This dude right here is who we need to get. NBA Body at 18 years old...#2 recruit coming out of HS...this guy will be a player in a couple years. His Freshman year he had some up and downs but what do you expect from a 18 year old. If you have to, move up to grab this kid. He has a jumper and range that could complement with Rose perfectly. He just needs time to adjust his game a little bit. DRAFT HENRY OR DO WHAT YOU CAN TO GET HIM!

  • Xavier Henry has All Star potential as well. Will he be a All Star? Thats up to him to put the work in. But he deffinetly has talent. If he stayed another year, he is probably a top 5 pick.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I don't think him being a highly rated recruits equals a top 5 pick. Kyle Singler was a highly rated recruit, but he is not a top 5 talent.

  • I would be thrilled with picking up a potential Raja Bell at 17. Great complement to Rose. The question is: how good of a defender can he be? We need shooting so he would fit this need on the short term, knowing that Kirk would help on the defensive end until he develops.

    More generally, I am surprised by this scouting report as Henry has always been regarded as a Top 10 prospect of his class and a lock lottery pick this year.

  • I like this kid, but I would be shocked if he fell to us at 17. There are too many teams that need a guy that can knockdown that open 3 point shot. He still has alot to learn, and at 18 this kid will have great deal of time to improve. He should surely try to lean out his body this summer. But you can't teach the gift of shooting the basketball that he brings to the table from day one. If by some chance of butt luck he's available, I would select him before James Anderson.

  • QUICK (STATISTICAL) COMPARISIONS:

    http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/compare?add=elliot-williams&p1=quincy-pondexter&p2=xavier-henry&p3=23-james-anderson

    MID 1ST-ROUND SHOOTING GUARDS:

    - Quincy Pondexter
    - Xavier Henry
    - James Anderson
    - Elliot Williams

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    There's not a chance in hell Poindexter is a SG in the NBA. He's a PF/SF tweener in a SF body. Even Henry will be lucky to play primarily SG minutes with his lack of lateral quickness and creation abilities.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Paul George is a scorer with height who can create his own shot and hit a 3 pointer. He's also a defender, and athletic, something that you don't have on this team. Notice the Lakers and Kobe became a better team with Odom and Gasol.

  • In reply to TheRedPlanet:

    Paul George is a SF, not a SG.

    Don't the Bulls already have TWO SF's already?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Two words... JORDAN CRAWFORD. Sometimes talent needs to be a factor and he would definitely give the bulls back court more of that.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    He's unlikely to be drafted in the first round. If the Bulls wanted him they're better suited buying a late first rounder or early second rounder.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Love Jordan Crawford in the late first/early 2nd, which he will be a steal there.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    The Bulls don't have a 2nd Round pick.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    they can be bought; especially this year. I doubt the Bulls buy one, but they need cheap players to fill out roster spots and there are some promising players due to the deep draft.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Based on his stats, and late season/NCAA performances I agree.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Jordan Crawford is second round pick.

    Let's focus on the #17 pick shall we.

    - James Anderson
    - Xavier Henry
    - Quincy Pondexter
    - Elliot Willams

    It should begin and end with those 4 guys.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Henry would be too young and would be a project that is not ready and the Bulls has had too much of that in the past. Its time to start winning big things and he would slow up that process. Milwaukee is rumored to be taking him anyway with the pick that the Bulls had to swap with them.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I prefer the Bulls draft an upper-classmen, but keep in mind Rose was only a Frosh.

  • If Henry falls to us at 17, we would be tremendously lucky. A guy that highly recruited to go that low in the first would be a great pickup for us. Im about 80-90% sure this kid will be a starter in the league within a couple years. I would pick him in front of all the other guys...Anderson,Williams,Warren.

    Paul George is a guy i would like the Bulls to look at as well. Not sure if he can play SG or not though.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Definitely agree with you on Paul George!

  • COACHING NEWS:

    According to the Sun-Times, the Bulls aren't interested in Scott or Johnson.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/66485/20100510/bulls_want_coach_with_playoff_experience/

    Stan Van Gundy RIPPED the Bulls' management this morning for firing VDN.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/66482/20100510/stan_van_gundy_rips_bulls_for_firing_del_negro/

    According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls might consider Dwane Casey or Tom Thibodeau

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/05/bulls-not-swayed-by-coaching-competition.html

  • COACHING NEWS:

    According to the Chicago Tribune the Bulls might like Casey and Thibodeau.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/05/bulls-not-swayed-by-coaching-competition.html

  • Paul George is who we need. He's athletic, tall, plays D, and has 3 point range. He CAN play the 2, and can run the break with Rose and Noah. If George gets hot he's like Ben Gordon, but 6'9...so I guess Kevin Durant. Kevin and Doug love your thoughts, and can't wait to see his breakdown.

  • In reply to TheRedPlanet:

    Paul George is a SF, not a SG...pass.

    SHOOTING GUARDS:

    - Quincy Pondexter
    - James Anderson
    - Xavier Henry
    - Elliot Williams

    I'll take either one of those guys.

  • In reply to TheRedPlanet:

    You will be getting my profile update on him in the next few days.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Kevin,

    The Bulls need a SG or a C, not another SF.

    Please tell me the Bulls' management is going to be making the same mistake twice. Let's not forget last year they needed a SG, but chose a SF (James "Dickey" Johnson") when they already had Luol Deng and John Salmons at the SF position.

    Don't encourage the Bulls to mess things up AGAIN.

    FOCUS ON THE SHOOTING GUARDS and CENTER's

  • MORE COACHING NEWS:

    Stan Van Gundy RIPS the Bulls' Management for firing VDN, etc.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/66482/20100510/stan_van_gundy_rips_bulls_for_firing_del_negro/

  • EVEN MORE COACHING NEWS:

    According to the Sun-Times, Byron Scott and Avery Johnson aren't on the Bulls' radar.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/66485/20100510/bulls_want_coach_with_playoff_experience/

    * Read the article. It's towards the bottom.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Where's Doug?

    I just tipped you on three separate coaching stories.

    I'm surprised you aren't writing about any of them.

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

  • I agree somewhat Doug, but Anderson had to be the man from the start at OSU. He can also hit crazy shots and did so his first year. I do agree w/ your other posts though.

  • "Top 10 prospect of his class". I should have mentioned High School Class :)

    http://www.draftexpress.com/RSCI/2009/

  • This is correct. Even though Henry is robotic, he has always had more speed though.

  • I would rather trade the pick. Couldn't we try to get a team like Washington to take Kirk by offering this pick, the Charlotte pick, and/or Taj Gibson so we can get more cap space. Washington is way under the cap and Kirk's contract is only for two more years and it declines each year. Washington is the worst destination for all teams with cap space. None of the elite free agents will go there when the Bulls, Knicks, Nets, Heat, and Clippers can pay the same amount. Kirk would help fight the poor image that was created by Agent 0 last year. Couldn't we take back non-guaranteed contracts or 2nd rounders to gain more cap space to sign two max free agents to go with Rose, Noah, and Deng?

  • In reply to kbar17:

    So you're proposing we give away two draft pick (one that could potentially be a very high pick), and last years starting 2 and 4 for more cap space so the Bulls can do what? They already have max cap space and there doesn't appear to be two max level FAs available. You also have no way of insuring you recoup on giving away one of your more promising young players in Gibson or Kirk. Such a move is a recipe for a train wreck.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    I think Gibson will be marginal at best. Kirk is a finished product and the picks are crap shoots. Not many mid rounders turn out to be studs. Besides max free agents, there are known players that could help our team. Al Harrington, Channing Frye, Ray Allen, Mike Miller, and Anthony Marrow are all excellent shooters that would fit better with what we have. Let's say we strike out and settle for Carlos Boozer, the additional space could be used to add pieces that fit with Rose better. I don't see how Kirk or Gibson are so great that they can't be replaced. Especially Kirk with that contract and playing him out of position. Why do we want a shooting guard that can't shoot?.

  • What if Brad Miller walks and Asik gets used in a trade?

    They may just need another Center. You never know.

    I still think they go after a SHOOTING GUARD though.

  • SHOOTING GUARD PLAN:

    In my opinion, the Bulls draft a SHOOTING GUARD (Anderson, Henry, Pondexter or Williams) with the idea of either pairing him with Hinrich at SG or possibly using him to get DWADE in a sign-and-trade.

    I'm not overly optimistic about a sign-and-trade for DWADE, but if I were them I would be prepared just in case he decides to leave Miami. The Bulls can help DWADE leave Miami by going after Bosh in a sign-and-trade first.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Why do you keep saying pondexter if we need a 2guard he is not a guard more of a post up small forward who don't dribble all that great we got that already wit loul deng......pual george is more of a 2guard he is only about 190 pounds wet with 10 dollars worth of quarters in his pockets....but he has 3 point range and can defend not mad if bulls make that pick

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