2010 NBA Draft Preview: Xavier Henry
19 years old
Shooting Guard or Small Forward
When I gabble about someone being thick-set, having muscles on top of muscles and such placid shooting-release, obviously it makes the old-timers burst in reminiscence over the thought of former Buckeye, and Maverick, Jimmy Jackson.
But in 2010 the name Xavier Henry plays to that proverbial theme.
His John-Henry-like contour and precise skill-set makes him very project-able to the next level.
From 2007 and on, Henry was just stepping into his featured role as a shooter, standing impressively at 6-foot-6 and weighing 210 pounds with a beautiful follow-through—which inevitably had scouts from all over pivoting the former Putnam star's way.
At Kansas, most instances captured Xavier deployed behind the arc and committing to an AAU-style of play—shooting too early, never gun-shy, and approaching the game loosely. No doubt this role may inhibited him from getting mentions much earlier than where he's projected—late lottery to mid first-round.
He must improve on his weight management, focus, awareness, and dribbling.
His first-step is quite quick for a swollen-set. Xavier has no problem bullying his way through opponents. He also has much room to refine when you consider his age. Henry's follow-through rarely changes throughout the course of a game. Down the line, he should show some ability to post-up at two, and three.
Projection: round 11-21
Bulls: Rose's scoring and assist production goes up with Henry beside him. Henry offers that of a Ben Gordon, but obviously as you look at the picture and video he's much bigger.
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