When it comes to scoring, few players in the country can do it better than Oklahoma guard Xavier Henry. By the way, he's only a sophomore.
Henry, a 6-foot-5 lefty from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City, was one of the best pure scorers last weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational and he lived up to his billing as one of the top 10 players in the class of 2009.
Henry also lived up to his billing as one of the most coveted players in the nation. He said his top three schools are Kansas, Memphis, and North Carolina. How did the elite level programs make the cut?
"All three of them have a nice run and gun playing style and they don't run too many plays. They just let you play," Henry said. "That's what I like, the playing styles and how they run their offensive game."
Henry, who averaged 23 points and eight rebounds a game as a sophomore, has long maintained the style of play will be a determining factor in his decision. It is easy to understand why because of his offensive prowess. Henry showed off his deadly array of moves last weekend. He drilled three-pointers, attacked the basket, shot off the bounce and posted up guards when he saw an opportunity.
Henry said he has been to Memphis and Kansas, where his father played and his brother C.J. committed before plunging into the professional baseball world. Henry said he has yet to make a visit to North Carolina.
While a host of programs, including Duke, Texas and Texas A&M, are still trying to crack his top three open but Henry said he is comfortable with the teams he is looking at now.
"They are my top three," Henry said. "I'm going to take my time. I don't want to rush into my decision and make the right decision."