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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: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 10:01 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

okay, so kansas has more tradition than memphis, doesnt take a genius to figure that out

and one other thing they have more of than memphis...

...chokes,  choke central, yall brag about those championships, i could easily research and find 10 times more chokes

rock choke cheathawk

intentionaly fouling to win a game

and your football team is coached by grimis from mcdonalds

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:46 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


Please bring facts instead of rumors. Come spend some time around The Memphis program then post your findings instead of posting your "senses" unless you truly are have special powers. In which case, will Texas Tech beat Oklahoma this weekend?

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:28 pm

How long before probation?

A few years ago I came on this site and predicted that USC would be investigated for NCAA improprieties, particularly because Pete Carroll is a "pro-style players' coach" who runs a hollywood style, hands-off program that could easily be penetrated by boosters, agents, and other ne'er do wells who would eventually corrupt the program (I saw the same thing many years ago with Bill Frieder/Steve Fisher when they coached Michigan basketball, and booster related probation soon followed).  Then, lo and behold, the Reggie Bush scandal developed.  I hate to say it, but I get the same sense about John Calipari and his crew of "one-and-dones" at Memphis.  From his style of offense to the players with disciplinary problems he recruits to the AAU coaches steering players his way, his is a program ripe for the picking from unscrupulous agents, boosters and hangers-on.  Plus success attracts even more of this slime.  Good luck Tigers.  But wait for it....

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:13 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Capt 66,

I understand about being a snob. I am an Alabama crimson Tide football fan by birth-rite. That being said I would not throw Paul "Bear" Bryant or Gene Stallings or now, Nick Saban in the face of any other teams fans. Especially of fans of a team who was 13 seconds away from second instead of first. Like Alabama in football, you have a truly awesome history in basketball. Like Memphis Tiger basketball your football program has began to come to national attention recently. Respect Memphis basketball, like you would want people to respect an up and coming Kansas football program (if you even keep up with football).

Good Luck tonite. Hope to see Kansas soon in the tourney.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 9:00 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Congrats to Memphis!!! As a Kansas fan, would love to have a great talent, one and done or not. If not, so be it. With the young talent on the Jayhawks, we dont expect to be going much of anywhere this year and maybe not next. Xavier may not have fit in to the "pick and roll" offense of Self anyhoot. 

However, "Sour grapes" would be over doing it a bit.......WE JUST WON&nbs
p;THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP over Memphis. Loosing a recruit, although unfortunate, is no comparison. He probably cant shoot a free throw under pressure anyway and would be a better fit at Memphis(sorry, couldnt resist).

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 8:53 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Hey Gandy,

You have to understand that I was looking at 'stumps' list through the eyes of a Jayhawk fan. I don't mean to sound like a basketball snob but to us that list did look a little pathetic. Those are the things that we have become accustomed to since birth. I have nothing but respect for both programs and wish them the best. I would love to say more but the game is about to start so maybe later.

Good luck Tigers.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!! 

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 8:41 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

All you have to do is watch the parking lot after a Tiger practice. See what they drive, THE BEST TEAM MONEY CAN BUY !! 

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 8:29 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

????   How many championships does Kansas have?  I see three (1952, 1988, 2008) but people say five. Can I get a clarification?


Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 8:17 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


1st  I did not mean to trivialize what Kansas did. They played agreat game.

2nd  Everyone in the dome knew that game was over when Chalmers hit that three. My wife got sick to her stomach and had to go to the concourse level while the game finished up. We all knew our kids were so demoralized by that shot and the way Kansas played that last two minutes.

3rd  I have no doubt that Tyreke Evans is one and done. We will probably have a sweet sixteen type of year with our returning talent and new guys this year. Next year will bring X and a few other highly recruited guys to go with this years "other" recruits. Maybe even Walls (you know he is a point guard, not a two-guard). That is the reason Tiger fans are so upbeat. The one and done's can be used with the the other talent to create awesome teams. Remember in the beginning some of your talent were considered "one & done's" and look what happened for you. They stayed and you won.

4th We have the world Championship BBQ contest every May in Memphis for a reason and ie ain't b/c KC has the best BBQ.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 8:06 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

balzsonyafaceThe difference between you and us is you'll have to reload EVERY year, whereas we will continue to recruit players who are built for a TEAM conce

     Memphis doesnt just recruit one and done players. They recruit guys that stick around for 3 or 4 yrs too. Dorsey was a 4 yr player. CDR was a 3 yr player. Anderson is a senior. Dozier is a also a senior this year. Kemp is a Junior this year. Doneal Mack is a junior. They added 5 very good recruits this year. Out of the 5, only one is concidered a one and done player. Your comments about having to reload every year is non-sense and ill-informed.  Adding a one year superstar to the mix of a solid core of very good basketball players is truely and FACTUALLY what has been contributing to the recent success at Memphis. Get your head outta your ass son and learn some facts. : )


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