From Belgium to Putnam City
Xavier Henry was born on March 15, 1991 in Ghent, Belgium during the time that his father, Carl, was finishing up his professional basketball career overseas. The Henry family returned to the states following Carl’s last year playing in 1993.
By the time that Xavier played his high school ball they had returned to his father’s home state of Oklahoma. Xavier played for Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City and led them to a state championship in 2009. Also in 2009, Xavier was named to the McDonald’s All-American team, joining future NBA players DeMarcus Cousins, Lance Stephenson, Avery Bradley, Derrick Favors and current Lakers teammate, Ryan Kelly.
Xavier was highly touted out of high school and as expected, highly recruited. Xavier was ranked as the 6th best prospect and 2nd best shooting guard out of high school in the country by Scouts.com.
Xavier decided on continuing the legacy of his family and play for Kansas University along with his brother C.J. who transferred that same year from Memphis.