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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: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 7:54 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

wondering how you got KU with five championships when i recall the men's program has three....? Just wondering

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 7:32 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Well John Cap can recruit talent that not the question, can he recruit winner for the U of Memphis not player are 1 and done Like Derrick Rose and for god sake someone who can make free throws in the clutch.  So good luck Memphis Tigers and go CARD'S

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 7:18 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 6:55 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


I bet you're the pimple faced tuba player in the Kansas band

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 6:18 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


Now that is a civil post , I can appreciate. You are correct about the re-loading part. We may never achieve the level you guys have reached, but after years of mediocrity you have to applaud the programs that truly fight to get there. There are so many programs that just settle to be middle-of-the-road programs.

I can also appreciate all the pomp and circumstance of tradition. I am a life-long Alabama Crimson tide fan. Like Kansas Basketball, Alabama football has a place second-to-none in tradition and national championships and we bow to no one in college football.

I take back the classless part after this post. You, like me, are just an average, rabid fan who loves their team and will defend them at all cost. That is appreciated. Good luck to you guys and hope to see you in the finals soon because that was one the best experiences of my life.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 6:04 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


      It IS a conditioned response from fans of teams that are trying to establish what KU, UNC, and other prominent teams have already! I do agree with you in the fact that I also hate the one-and-done rule. I think they should be allowed to go str8 from high school to the pros, if they want. However, if they don't, they should have to stay in college for 3 years, just like college baseball. The one-and-done players are NORMALLY self-centered, highlight-reel craving, one-on-one players who can't play defense, or in a team system. I'm glad you support your team, and yes you played some decent teams last year (non-conference). The 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 concept. They may not be the GLAMOUR recruits that Memphis and others are getting, but we are doin just fine with the recruits we are getting. I think we're right up there in the National Championship numbers, and Bill Self will surely bring a couple more before he retires. Good luck to your Tigers! But again..........



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 6:02 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


Be care with the "and Jerry Lee Lewis" reference. He was as redneck as it gets. Just go spend some time in Nesbit, MS if you don' believe me.

Otherwise, post is spot on!!!

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:56 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

"By the way, I know nothing of Memphis, TN but I can tell you that the name and location only brings to mind rednecks and country music but I know thats not all there is to Memphis."

Memphis is the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock & roll.  We are home to the legendary Sun Studios andStax Records. Legends like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis got their starts in our rock studios.  Justin Timberlake and 666 Mafia originated in Memphis.  Country music is despised in this city.  Country music is found in Nashville (middle TN) and the rednecks are found in Knoxville (east TN home of the Vols).

Take your own advide and think before write next time.


Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:48 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


Memphis is known for Rock and Roll (ever heard of Elvis), Rap (ever heard of 3 6 Mafia), Blues music (ever heard of BB King) and the best BBQ anywhere.

And now we are creating a stir nation wide with basketball. Yes you guys have all the reputation in the world, but even you had to start somewhere, correct?

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:40 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis


It is not a conditioned response, it is a fact of life (I personally hate it). As the bulk of your fans have attested they would love to have X. Even your coach has worked his a** off for months trying to bring Henry in. Now we are supposed to believe you really didn't want him.

Your schedule argument is also garbage. Who did we play last year?  Oklahoma, UConn, USC, Georgetown, Arizona, Tennessee, Gonzaga, Mississippi State, Mich St, Texas (who beat you), UCLA and you (who won one of the best NC games ever on missed free throws).

Yes we have a crappy conference, but non-conference and at tournament time we proved we were one of the top two teams in the nation.

As I walked away from the AlamoDome on April 7th, I thought Kansas had some of the most gracious fans in the country and I still do, but you are one of those classless fans (all teams have them) who have to build themselves up by tearing others down. It should be alot of fun seiing you on the schedule next year.


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