Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Xavier Henry, one of the top basketball players in the Class of 2009, was involved in a car crash Wednesday afternoon in Oklahoma City that resulted in a fractured cheek bone and will require him to wear a face mask.
Carl Henry told Gary Parish of CBSSports.com that his son “was feeling OK” but suffered a fractured cheek bone that will keep him sidelined for at least two weeks. The father added that Xavier will have surgery on his face when the swelling goes down and he will then be fitted for a protective mask.
“He will have to play with the face mask,” Carl said.
Another source told me Henry suffered a “concussion.”
“Anytime you hear about something like this it’s alarming,” Putnam City coach A.D. Burtschi told The Oklahoman. “We’re concerned for him as a person right now.”
Xavier’s brother, C.J. Henry, left Memphis practice in a hurry Wednesday to see about his brother, according to a report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. C.J. recently underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot.
The 6-foot-6 Xavier Henry is expected to choose between Kansas and Memphis. He was at Kansas last weekend for “Late Night in the Phog” and before that took an official visit to Memphis.
Henry said his goal was to play in the NBA and emphasized that both schools could get him there.
“Just feeling comfortable wherever I’m at and (which is) my best shot at getting to the league and getting prepared,” he said after the Memphis visit.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.