You may remember C.J. Henry, a high school shortstop the Yankees took with their first-round pick in 2005. He predicted at the time that he would be in the majors in a few years.
Henry was a colossal bust and was one of the prospects traded to Philadelphia in 2006 for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle. The Phillies gave up on him after two seasons and the Yankees picked him back up last season as a free agent.
In 272 minor-league games, Henry hit .222 and made 57 errors.
But Henry had options. Once a big-time basketball player, he quit baseball last year and joined the University of Memphis as a walk-on. The Yankees, as part of his original contract, were responsible for his tuition. He never played because of a fractured foot.
Coach John Calipari took Henry on to assist in recruiting his brother, high school All-American Xavier Henry. But when Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky, so did the Henry brothers. They announced on Thursday that they will play for Kansas.
Because he was a walk-on at Memphis, C.J. Henry will be eligible to play right away for the Jayhawks. He has not played hoops since 2005 but was once a highly regarded point guard.
“As long as I’m healthy and in shape,” Henry told reporters, “my game is gonna end up speaking for itself. So I think I’m gonna play.”
The Yankees? They’re still on the hook for tuition.