CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- McDonald's All-American DeMarcus Cousins committed to Memphis on Sunday, less than 24 hours after visiting campus and watching the Tigers beat Tulane at FedExForum.
Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-11 center from Alabama as the sixth-best prospect in the Class of 2009. Considering Memphis already signed Xavier Henry (Scout.com's fourth-best prospect in the class), this development gives the Tigers a pair of McDonald's All-Americans in a five-player class that could now rank as the best in the nation.
And it might get even better.
The only top five prospect remaining on the board is point guard John Wall.
Industry sources have long considered Memphis among the leaders to land him, as well, despite the fact that Baylor has already hired one of Wall's AAU coaches. A roster featuring Wall, Henry and Cousins, plus the other newcomers (top 50 recruit Nolan Dennis and junior college stars Darnell Dodson and Will Coleman), plus veterans Doneal Mack, Wesley Witherspoon and Roburt Sallie would make Memphis a favorite to win the 2010 national title even if Tyreke Evans and Shawn Taggart leave after this season, as expected.
Cousins' commitment means 18 of Scout.com's top 20 are now off the board.
Here's an updated look at Scout.com's top 20 prospects with their college situation in parenthesis:
1. Derrick Favors (committed to Georgia Tech )
2. John Wall (uncommitted)
3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina )
4. Xavier Henry (committed to Memphis )
5. Renardo Sidney (committed to Southern California )
6. DeMarcus Cousins (committed to Memphis )
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 (committed to Villanova )
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 )