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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 Scout.com'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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Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 1:42 pm
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

How did Coach Cal pull this one out of his rear end?

Mom and Dad played ball at KU as student athletes (Dad was captain on basketball team)

Brother committed to KU out of high school, but spurned the Jayhawks for the MLB Draft.

Weren't the stars in line for Henry to be clad in crimson and blue?... Oh well, don't win 'em all!

By the way,

For whoever claimed Brown and Danny Manning's relationship tainted that '88 Championship

I bet you didn't know that Larry Brown hired Manning's dad as an assistant to lure Danny to play at KU.

Sure that happens a lot, but Coach Brown made the stipulation that Danny's dad finish his bachelor's degree at KU in order to be on that coaching staff. He did this in order to better the Manning family's life, Dad's previous job... Truck driver... Not really tainted anymore is it?

 

And honestly, in my own opinion, I rather have guys who plan on staying and adding to the "team first" tradition this university has, rather than the proverbial "one-and-dones", but X-man wouldn't have hurt to have on your roster.

Rock




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 12:27 pm
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

 He chose Memphis over Kansas for one reason, his brother is there.

 

You really think that Xavier and CJ didnt discuss where they wanted to play together? ..... cmon...they knew all along where they were going to play with each other. This was planned. The rumor is that CJ left baseball a year early so he would have a year to get his game back before his brother got there. He hasnt played basketball in 3 yrs.




Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 12:16 pm
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Seriously?? You do realize that Derrick Rose was one and done for Memphis and that definitely got Memphis into the championship game.  Just admit you are pissed he chose little old Memphis over your mighty Jayhawk program. 




Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 11:05 am
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

U of M,

Well said with relevant facts and objectivity. I think I will move on to thinking about the possibility of John Wall in the back-court with Xavier Henry. What will that backlash be like for Tiger Nation??? Don't Know, Don't Care. Just would love to see it.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 9:46 am
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Just some observations:

* Nine pages of comments (so far) about how this recruit isn't important.

* Being beaten by UTK (who were 24-2 at the time and ranked #2 in the country) somehow exposes Memphis as being weak while losing to Oklahoma State (who were 13-12 at the time and ranked . . . well, outside the top 100) isn't important enough to be mentioned.

* Memphis (SOS ranked #27) plays a weak schedule while Kansas (SOS ranked #50) faces real challenges in the Big 12 (like Oklahoma State, I guess).

* Kansas' offense (3-out motion) was proven vastly superior to ours (DDM) AND one-and-done players were proven vastly inferior to 3 and 4-year players based solely upon the outcome of one game where a 20+ foot jumpshot with 2 seconds left saved them from losing.

Come on, people. The 10% of you guys making these inane statements should take an example from the 90% of rational people on here and realize that Kansas and Memphis both have top-notch basketball programs RIGHT NOW, and that having Xavier Henry commit would have been a positive for either team. Denying the obvious just makes you look dumb. But, hey, if that's what you're trying to do . . .




Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 9:02 am
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Not sure what your point is with this post with regards to what the discussion is.  If your making a comparison to KU it doesnt make since.  KU has all of the things you mentioned above other then the fact that Allen Fieldhouse holds 17,000 not 18,000.  As far as being able to "develop your game in an NBA style offense,"  Look how many of Selfs players are playing pro now.  C'mon.  With all that being said I have a ton of respect for Coach Cal and the Memphis program, but lets not pretend that X chose Memphis because of the things you mentioned above.  He chose Memphis over Kansas for one reason, his brother is there.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 2:43 am
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

By the way, I don't know what the hell a Nelms Championship is, but it doesn't count... KU has 3 national titles... haha




Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 2:41 am
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

scootr shocker, I'm glad to see you apologize for bashing the city of memphis. Unless you go to Memphis and hang in the hood, you're gonna be fine. You can't compare a college town to a big city. That garbage gets really old. The M town is a big city with alot of problems. Tiger basketball is probably the one thing that most everyone in the Memphis area can agree on.




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 1:08 am
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis



Before there was an NCAA, there was a Nelms Championship. We won two of those before most schools had BBall programs.its funny how things get off the topic........ lose out on a current recruiting battle..???....thats ok......we will resort to the the positives in the past.....in this case.....the ancient past LOL



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 12:49 am
 

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Before there was an NCAA, there was a Nelms Championship. We won two of those before most schools had BBall programs.


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