No wonder the Memphis staff has always seemed quietly confident about its chances of landing Xavier Henry.
The Oklahoman reported Tuesday that Xavier's older brother, C.J. Henry, will enroll at Memphis this week and immediately join John Calipari's basketball program. Consequently, it's difficult to imagine the Tigers not adding Xavier -- ranked fourth in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com -- in the coming months.
For those unfamiliar, the connection dates back two decades.
Calipari was an assistant at Kansas when Carl Henry -- C.J.'s and Xavier's father -- played for the Jayhawks and the Memphis coach has apparently used that connection to help lure C.J. from minor league baseball, where he spent the past four summers bouncing between the farm systems of the Yankees and Phillies after being a first-round draft pick in 2005.
As for his Xavier's future, C.J. insisted he and his brother will make independent decisions.
But this is obviously a sign that Memphis is in great shape with Xavier.
And the presumption is that he'll sign with the Tigers in November.