"Never in this situation have I questioned whether their word was good, ever," Bill Self said in a teleconference Wednesday afternoon.
Nevertheless, Self and assistants Joe Dooley and Danny Manning made an
11th-hour trip to Oklahoma City to visit with the Henry brothers,
father Carl and mother Barbara to reconfirm their commitment to Kansas.
This most recent – and hopefully final – chapter in the Henrys'
recruitment was fueled by an article in the Kansas City Star that Carl Henry thought cast his family in a negative light.
Self said that after the article ran, internet posts on KU blogs and
internet message boards made the family feel "disappointed and hurt."
Carl Henry reacted by wondering in the media if Kansas was the right
place for his sons to be.
Meanwhile, however, Xavier and CJ stayed firm in their commitment.
"This (trip to Oklahoma City) was more about the parents than the
boys," Self said. "The boys were fine. They were like, ‘What are you
doing here?' Once we got it to a resolution – which really didn't take
much – they were fine."
Self continued, "Carl obviously went on radio and told his feelings,
and he is an open and honest guy."
In the interest of maintaining a measure of sanity, one may not hear
quite so much openness and honestly from Carl for awhile.
"I didn't ask (the Henrys) to (cut back on talking with the media), but
I think it's wise if that occurs. We didn't go into that much, though,"
Self said. "Carl's a lot like me. I talk too much to the media; I get
on a roll. Carl does that; he gets on a roll sometimes. He said what's
in his heart, and that's caused some turmoil, but he understands. He
"Carl understands that when he speaks publicly, a lot of people are
One comment that had Jayhawk fans in a tizzy was that Xavier and CJ's
coach would have to be "on-board" with their fast-track aspirations to
an NBA career. In typical Self fashion, the coach didn't see it as
inflammatory at all.
"I'm the coach, and they know that. When they signed up to have the
boys play for me and for (Kansas), they gave the boys to us. When a
statement like that is made, it wasn't meant to be made in way that
they're different than everyone else. It's not my intent that anyone
would come in and live out their dream only and jeopardize the team."
Self said that there are a lot of ways to interpret that remark,
including a basketball-savvy father wanting to make sure his sons'
gifts and talents are maximized to put both them and the team in a
position to succeed.
"I didn't read into that negatively at all. Carl and I have a good
relationship. He's very much aware: he knows there's one guy in charge
and one guy only," Self said.
Summertime recruiting drama seems to be on the rise all over the
country, particularly at high-profile programs like Kansas, but Self
explained that this situation was highly unusual, something of a
"This has been a unique situation because you have a young man who's
committed to Memphis. You have his brother who thought he was
going to be a Jayhawk and then followed his brother to Memphis. You
have a coaching change (at Memphis). Then you have a parent who's been
open about what's going on rather than holding all his cards… so that's
been different. But we haven't done anything different in their
recruitment than we have any other player. It's just been magnified by
"It hasn't been as much drama for me as it has been for the fans," Self
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