Henry Rescheduling Chapel Hill Trip

The month of September has been a busy one for Xavier Henry. The 6-6 junior guard from Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City has been busy working out in front of some of college basketball's top coaches. Now that coaches have been out to see him, he's planning to return the favor and make some campus visits himself.

Originally slated to attend "Late Night with Roy Williams" in Chapel Hill, Henry made a change in plans and will visit Memphis for their Midnight Madness. He's still planning to make it to Carolina, though.

"I like Memphis a lot and last year on my visit up there my dad got sick and had to go to the hospital, so he didn't get to really see it," said Henry. "This year we're going to go back and he'll see it this time. So we're just going to go out and go to a North Carolina game during the season instead of going to ‘Late Night.'"

According to Henry, his school list consists of six finalists -- Arizona, Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas. Head coaches from each of those schools have been in to see him within the past few weeks. Henry says Tar Heels boss Roy Williams has been very active in his recruitment.

"He's pretty serious about it, him Coach Holiday are pretty consistent about talking to me," Henry said. "I make sure to call them to keep in touch as well."

As is the case with any other top prospect, the recruiting pitch is one that covers many areas.

"They talk about me getting in and trying to get my overall status and package together like my academics and building me up to the future," said Henry of UNC's recruiting approach. "Of course all the coaches say stuff like they get people to the NBA or how fast they can get them there or where I could be drafted after playing for them."

Even though he's ranked in the top five in the class of 2009 and many have already speculated that Henry could have a short stay in college, he hasn't even started to think about early entry. After all, he needs to focus on college first.

"I've always thought about playing in the NBA, but I'm not thinking about all the stuff that comes with it yet," said Henry. "I'm just trying to keep my mind on college and getting ready for that."

Because of that focus on college, the 16-year-old is doing his best to get an overall feel for each coach and program and is focusing on more than just what goes on in practice or during games.

"I try to not even talk about recruiting when I talk to a coach so I can get to know their personality," said Henry. "I want to get to know them as somebody other than a coach so that it isn't all just about recruiting and then I don't know anything about them away from basketball."

He also likes to pick the brains of the coaches recruiting him for tips on how to improve his game.

"Like I'll call them after a game where I didn't think I played well or at a camp where I'm not sure how to play with guys I don't know and ask them what I should do," said Henry. "Most of the time they just tell me to play my game and show the other things I can do like passing and rebounding or playing defense."

For now, Henry is focusing on his junior season and says that a decision is still a fair distance away.

"I want to take my official visits before I make my decision and if I need to I could wait until the winter next year," said Henry. "I'll probably wait until the fall of next year to make a decision- either the late summer or fall."

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