Xavier Henry Assigned to Iowa Energy of the D-League for One Game

Published: March 18, 2012

New Orleans Hornets guard Xavier Henry has been sent down to the Iowa Energy of the D-League for a game in order to get him some additional playing time.

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that the team has assigned guard Xavier Henry to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.  Because Henry has an NBA contract, he is not eligible to be called up by teams other than the Hornets. According to the team, he will likely play just one game, and then return to active duty with the Hornets for Wednesday’s home game. The assignment is simply to allow him to get some additional playing time while the Hornets are on a short break. The Energy play the Sioux Falls Skyforce today at 4:00 central time. If you want to watch Henry, NBA.com streams all D-League games free of charge right here.

As I’ve mentioned before, the Hornets long term plans include getting a dedicated and more local D-League team.

Henry (6-6, 220), is in his second NBA season after being selected 12th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Kansas. He has appeared in 24 games for New Orleans this season, averaging 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds. Last year, in 38 games (16 starts) for Memphis, Henry averaged 4.3 points and 1.0 rebound in 13.9 minutes of action. The 21-year-old from Oklahoma City played just one collegiate season at Kansas, becoming the first player in KU history to leave for the NBA after his freshman campaign, posting averages of 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 36 games. Henry was named to the 2010 All Big 12 Rookie Team and was a 2010 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Henry joins San Antonio Spurs’ point guard Tony Parker as the only current Belgium-born players in the NBA.