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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: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 12:08 am

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Sorry, Gandy.... I just could not help myself.  I must admit that it has been a number of years since I last visited your city.  I do see that the downtown area has undergone a major rebuilding from the Memphis I knew a few years back.  Well done to those invoved in the transformation.   Your citizens deserve a pat on the back (just not tigerfan).

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:53 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Wow, memphis murder, this article brought out the big guns (2 99 rep posters) .  Good hearing from someone with something to say and something to back it up.  As a 'Hawk fan, we give Danny credit for the 88 title and give very little to Brown unless absolutely pushed to the limit.   By his senior year, Manning could have carried anyone to the championship.  It was a joy to watch someone give everything he had to reach a dream.  I can't stand Tyler Hansborogh (?)  as a player.  He gets away with murder on the court.  BUT, he has my respect as a college student for sticking it out.   There is not enough of that.  Most players today come out early and try to fake their way thru a 3 year NBA gig.   They turn the fans into suckers, thinking they are seeing basketball.  By the time the fans realize that the player will never develope fundamental basketball skills, the kid has made3-5 million with a street game and is a jumpshot washout.  AND UP GO TICKET PRICES!  (someone has to pay for the owners stupidity) Lets see how this latest batch of money grubbing one and doners do. 

Whoops -  my soapbox just fell over.  sorry. 

Once again, good hearing from the informed.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:48 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


Putting someone in there place does not have to involve down grading cities and trying to sully reputations without facts. We lost in April yet I have yet to point blame anywhere but at us. Please do not stoop to levels that are beneath you. There are fans from every team that are idiots and respond with garbage. Don't be that person!!!

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:36 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


While I do not doubt that Lawrence is not the beautiful place that you say it is, Memphis is a completely different animal than Lawrence. We have a metropolis of over one million people. We have the problems that all large cities have. At 100,000 plus people Lawrence does not qualify as large city.

As for Beale Street, I am not afraid to go down there on a weekly basis. The weekends are actually a blast down there. BB Kings, Alfreds, Hard Rock, I can go on. Unless you have spent extensive time in my city, you ARE NOT qualified to speak about our problems, just like I am not qualified to speak about Lawrence though I am sure I could find things wrong with it if I came to visit.

Do you have the factual data to back up the New orleans comment or are you just hoping for the sake of your argument that you you are correct???


Again, please spend more time tearing us down, we relish the underdog role.

Also, thank you for clarifing the NC ???

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:30 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Gandy, to you I meant no disrespect,  as you seem to be a level headed person.  My previous post was to the "tigerfan" who seems to have a bit of megalomania, and a lot of internal lack of self worth.  His post scream of  sexually repressed, anal retentive, recently terminated postal employee with a bad rash.   If your Tigers can sustain a high level for a decade, let alone a century (as Kansas basketball  has), then I will offer my congrats to their achievements. 

I have nothing but praise for the fan who gives his heart to his/her team with every bit of passion they can.  But some people just deserve to get put in their place. Tigerfan is that idiot.  To those not named tigerfan, I wish your team well, and hope that, if our teams meet again, the game will be as exciting as the 1st.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:19 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Gosh.....enough about Calipari and his mythical ethical violations.  Again, there is no evidence of any wrongdoing....just a lot of skepticism, which is understandable.  Now let's take a look at Kansas.  Larry Brown ring a bell?  Here is a guy who definitely was involved with bringing NCAA sanctions to your precious university in '88.....and the national championship is definitely tainted.

Here is a great web article for you reading pleasure....


Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:09 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Kansas is the proud owner of 5 national championships,.   Two teams in the 1920's won titles.  The NCAA does not officially recognize these, due to the fact that the NCAA did not sponsor the national tourney until 1937.  The 1952 team also represented the US in the Olympic games, bringing home the gold. 

As a person who travels quite a bit, I have been to both cities.  Sorry, Memphis.  Lawrence is a beautiful place to visit.  Unfortunately, I can't say the same for what I witnessed in Memphis.  With all of the crime and sleaze, your town reminded me of New Orleans without  the beads and parade.   More gunfire on Beal street than in the French Quarter. 

Your basketball tradition... choking free throws and holding Bill Walton to 21-22 shooting from the field.   

Coach Cal will bring you a team with all of the glitz and flash,  The long term substance will never be there.  When Kansas was looking for a new coach, their were many options.  Your hero had his agent all over Lawrence.  Do you see where he is coaching today?   After serving on the Kansas bench early in his career, Calipari wanted the big chair.  He never stood a chance.  While he was never held responsible for what happened at UMASS, he was no angel in the mess.  Just because you are not found guilty in no way implies that you are without guilt (see OJ).   Kansas wanted nothing to do with the guy.   

I would have loved to have Henry play here as would any Jayhawk fan.  However, we will still get our share of top recruits, and as always, Jayhawk basketball will  be amoung the top programs in the nation.  Memphis will be one oth those programs that shoots up for a couple of years every 2 or 3 decades (see UNLV, Cincy, and every other flavor of the month program)  and then falls back into obscure status.   It is what it is.  Oh, well.  Enjoy your moment.  We will enjoy the hardware and banners that come from being the 3rd winningest program in history and the proud parents of one and two (NC and UK coaches Smith and Rupp played on that 1952 KU team).

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:00 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Props to the Kansas Jayhawks for destroying their opponent tonite. Memphis and Kansas are off to a good start.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 10:45 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

I sure hope he can shoot free throws. That's what Memphis needs, and needed. Go Hawks!

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 10:43 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Tiger fans,

Relish the fact that we are, once again, in the national spot-light.  Does it not feel good to have other teams try to tear us down? Why do people try to tear you down? Because you are good, you are relevent, and you are in their face and they do not like it, because you are "taking up their space" and they hate it. Enjoy what we have going on, appreciate what Cal has brought to our city and back this awesome talent that we have to support. 

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