Back and forth.
That’s been life and basketball for Xavier Henry.
Soaring to a top ten recruit ranking then jumping from Jayhawk to NBA lottery pick.
Despite an up and down pro career the former Putnam City Pirate chose to keep his head up now with the OKC Blue.
“It’s a blessing to get out of bed every day, and really keep giving my all to something I know I can do as long as everything just continues to come around,” said Henry, OKC Blue forward. “Some stuff is out of my control, but I’m moving forward.”
“This is going to be a place where can continue to get his body right, and get himself back on the road to whatever his best is,” said Mark Daignault, OKC Blue head coach. “He’s got the attitude, and the approach that you need to have to overcome the adversities that are inevitable.”
After spending college in Kansas, and then pro ball in Iowa, Memphis and California from the Blue’s practice facility he’s just minutes away from where he grew up and graduated high school.
Now that he is here back in Oklahoma he’s getting the full experience just like the rest of us.
“Now allergies are coming back,” said Henry. “You miss the little things. Like it’s cold one day, it’s hot, it turns into a thunder storm. We have an earthquake like yesterday or the day before, and it’s like alright now I’m kind of getting back used to it. This was how home was every day, and so it’s really cool.”
As for the future Henry says the spirit he was born with doesn’t allow for failure.
“I don’t quit so it’s not even a choice,” said Henry. “If it’s like do you want to stop or not. I don’t have that choice. I just keep moving forward any which way I can, so I try.”