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Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Posted on: November 18, 2008 8:48 am
Edited on: November 18, 2008 9:36 pm

John Calipari became Memphis' all-time winningest coach early Tuesday.

Few hours after that, he won again.

"Next year I'm going to take my game to Memphis," Xavier Henry said at a morning press conference that was broadcast live on national television.

Henry is the nation's top-ranked shooting guard, a 6-foot-6 specimen who chose Memphis over Kansas to end a lengthy recruiting battle between the two schools that played for the national title last season. His pledge gives the Tigers a centerpiece to what is now a four-man recruiting class, and it'll allow Calipari to turn all of his attention towards John Wall (nation's top-ranked point guard) and Dominic Cheek (nation's third-ranked small forward), both of whom visited Memphis this past weekend and left many close to the program with the feeling that the Tigers might be on the verge of securing a class that could rank as the nation's best.

Here's an updated look at's top 20 from the Class of 2009:

1. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)

2. John Wall (uncommitted)

3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

4. Xavier Henry (committed to Memphis)

5. Renardo Sidney (uncommitted)

6. DeMarcus Cousins (committed to UAB)

7. Lance Stephenson (uncommitted)

8. Kenny Boynton (committed to Florida)

9. Abdul Gaddy (committed to Washington)

10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas)

11. Ryan Kelly (committed to Duke)

12. Daniel Orton (committed to Kentucky)

13. Jordan Hamilton (committed to Texas)

14. Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)

15. Dominic Cheek (uncommitted)

16. Wally Judge (committed to Kansas State)

17. Dante Taylor (committed to Pittsburgh)

18. Dexter Strickland (committed to North Carolina)

19. Mason Plumlee (committed to Duke)

20. Thomas Robinson (committed to Kansas)

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Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 10:00 am

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

I already knew that he was going to Memphis. Wasn't that clear months ago? Why else would Memphis recruit his brother to be part of the team? Sorta like how Wall is going to Baylor. Why else would Baylor hire his AAU coach? I don't think its that big of a deal. Its still a team sport and I have watch teams with less highly recruited players beat teams with top picks all the time. I still don't see the appeal of Memphis over KU but thats a different subject.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:42 am

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

I had no idea that they grew sour grapes in Kansas.  Up until now I thought that Kansas' primary export was meth.  Well, you learn something new everyday.  Your right, one and dones haven't helped teams lately.  Oden and Conley sure didn't help Ohio State, nor Kevin Love at UCLA, or Michael Beasley at K-State, Derrick Rose at The University of Memphis, O.J. Mayo at USC. 

CAL figured out the formula long ago:  land 1-2 one and done players, construct around them a core group of players (usually rated 25-75 as recruits).  The results speak for themselves.

Since: Oct 6, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:34 am

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

If Henry had commited to Kansas it would have been all praises from you bluegray!  Just because the kid makes a choice that isn't in your best interest doesn't mean he made a bad choice.

And the one and done theme is growing tiresome... Like Gary always says... you can't fault a kid for taking the money.  You and I would do the same thing!

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:30 am

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

That's silly. Nobody would be happy not getting Xavier Henry. Are you saying you would rather get a good player than a great player? Bill Self would disagree, I'm sure. If Xavier leaves after one year, that's fine. Just like it was fine when Derrick Rose left.  You can trash Coach Cal if you want to, but I have nothing but respect for Bill Self and the Kansas program.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:26 am

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

That kind of sounds like sour grapes to me. I would feel the same way if he had chose Kansas. I just can't believe that if Xavier had chose Kansas that you would be on here talking about how you didn't want him.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:13 am
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