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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: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:31 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis




Intelligent respones.

I can't tell if you are pro Kansas or pro Memphis.

I'm assuming you are pro Memphis and that you most likely have never been to Lawrence, KS and therefore are in no position to judge.

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.

You should think before you write next time.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:25 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

UH HEM!!!!!!!    Self's Pick and Roll beat your "NBA Style offense also known as organized chaos or 1on1" last April so I wouldn't be so quick to say that it's a good thing.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:20 pm

how does he not choose kansas

1) his dad played basketball for kansas

2) his mom played basketball for kansas (thats how his parents met)

3) we beat memphis in the title game

4) he lived in oklahoma which is closer to home

you memphis fans should thank his brother CJ Henry for quitting baseball (played with yankees) and going to memphis which had a huge deal.

he needed to wait until Lance Stephenson, Renardo Sidney, John Wall and Derrick Favors committed. i would bet lots of money that one of these guys will also commit along with Thomas Robinson and i believe KU got another top recruit today.

that way Xavier would be able to chose and play with other big talent guys especiall John Wall who could be the next CP3.

he will regret this


Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:08 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Capt 66,

You guys have an incredible arsenal of reasons to come to Kansas, but to call stumpbuster's list "pathetic" is at best uninformed and at most just ignorant. Why do you have to tear others programs down. You are already at the top of the mountain.

But of course with Tyreke Evans in Tiger blue this year and the class that is coming in next year I guess I see why other programs are nervous about the future.

BTW, Did everyone one see that full Fed-Ex Forum at mid-night last night (18,000 plus)?

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:01 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

It amuses me at the conditioned response of SOME college B-ball fans to the one and done players. Memphis fans are willing to take a one year player because they have NO tradition. They're trying to create it. While I'm sure that Coach Self and KU would have loved to have Henry, they won't lose any sleep over him going to Memphis.

Memphis fans, your team plays in a rinky-dink league and is FILLED with players who haven't the Phoggiest notion about team play. Your glamourous record from last year would have looked quite a bit different if you had to play QUALITY teams each week. Instead, you play the Sisters of the Poor during your league. And you got whipped by Tennessee in the only tough game you played. You caught the easier of the two Final Four match-ups, and couldn't overcome your POOR free throw shooting against KU. Glad you got another gr8 one-on-one player. Maybe he'll lead you through the tough conference schedule next year! In the mean time, we'll hang another CHAMPIONSHIP banner tonite.

PLEASE look us up in the tourney, when (or if) you EVER win one.



Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 5:00 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Any one who says that they do not want a one and done with the talent of a henry, durant, oden and rose, who took Memphis to a different level last year is lying.  I am a huge KU and losing out on Henry sucks, but its not like we lost him to a terrible team with a bad coach.  It was a great team with a great coach whose brother plays there.  KU fans are disappointed that Henry, whose parents both graduated from KU, chose Memphis.  But we had a top 5 class last year and a potential top 5-10 for next year.  I think we will be okay.  From 99 percent of the KU fans out there, good luck to you Xavier.  Now lets see if we can land someone else (not that we need it) and we can meet Mr. Henry next year in the final 4.    

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 4:43 pm
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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 4:16 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

Five years ago, the University of  Memphis Tiger basketball program was just another middle of the road, non big-six conference team scratching its way into the dance.  No one outside of Memphis cared what they did, how they played or who they recruited.

Now, Memphis has fought its way into the national spotlight by way of two years in the elite eight, followed by a year in the NC game. Now EVERYONE knows who, what, when and where the TIGERS rate. Their recruiting is top-notch. Their coach could go anywhere he wants to go, and oh yeah they play good basketball. The best high school players in the country have Memphis on their to-visit list. Why others programs fans cannot except that the Tigers are a force to be reckoned with, I do not understand. Also, for fans to tear into other programs and high school kids over the 1 and done, just shows ignorance to what has become of college basketball in this day and age. I would have preferred to have Derrick Rose to stay fours years, as every Tiger fan would have, but I will accept what he and his teammates brought to the city of Memphis.

To all Kansas fans congratulations on your NC this past April.

To the Kansas fans who poor-mouthing X and his decision quit whining,  You are making the rest of your awesome fan base look bad.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 3:42 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

do you mean like these violations you tool...

Now find me the article where Cal has been "proven" a cheater because he was completely exonerated at UMass.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 3:32 pm

Nation's top shooting guard commits to Memphis

I have nothing against Memphis, I just can't stand a proven room for his kind in this sport..many colleges might do it , BUT HE got caught . The NCAA should be watching this guy like a hawk.

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