Xavier Henry’s bloodline is rich with Basketball DNA. His Father, Carl Henry, played 2 very productive years at Kansas University and was then drafted in the 3rd round of the 1984 NBA draft by the then Kansas City Kings. Carl failed to make the team the first year and played in the CBA for the Puerto Rico Coquis for 1 season. The following year he was able to make the Kings squad who played their inaugural year in Sacramento, California. Carl’s season was inconsequential and never played another minute in the NBA following his rookie year. Carl went on to play a few years overseas where he ultimately ended his basketball career playing in Belgium.
Carl married Barbara Adkins who also played basketball at Kansas University during the same time. Barbara’s basketball career was a mediocre one; she played 4 years at Kansas and averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds per game in her career. It was quite a different story for Barbara’s sister, Vicki Adkins (Xavier aunt), who is one of the all-time greats in Kansas’ University women’s basketball history. Vicki is the schools woman’s basketball programs all-time leader in career field goal percentage and is 4th on the all-time career scoring list.
Xavier’s older brother, C.J. Henry, was a standout athlete as well. C.J. excelled at both baseball and basketball in high school and went on to be drafted in the first round by the New York Yankees in 2005. C.J. played minor league ball for a few years before returning to basketball as a walk on for Memphis University. C.J. eventually found his way to Kansas University to join his younger brother, Xavier. C.J. played one year with Kansas before transferring to Southern Nazarene University. C.J. has since returned to playing baseball.