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.