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Calipari takes Cousins to UK

Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:16 am
Edited on: April 8, 2009 1:27 am
 

DeMarcus Cousins will follow John Calipari to Kentucky.

"I just committed tonight,” Cousins told Scout.com's Evan Daniels late Tuesday. “I’m going to UK.”

Cousins had spent the past month committed to Memphis, where Calipari coached until he left for Kentucky last week. At the time of Calipari's departure, Cousins did not officially decommit. But it was clear the McDonald's All-American probably wouldn't sign with Memphis regardless of the next coach, and that became public knowledge late Tuesday when Cousins -- who is rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Class of 2009 -- committed to Kentucky.

Now to the questions ...

1. What does this mean for Daniel Orton?

There has been speculation that Orton -- the 12th-best prospect in the Class of 2009 who signed with UK under Billy Gillispie -- would ask for a release if Cousins committed to Kentucky because Orton and Cousins are both big men, and if Patrick Patterson were to remain in school UK would have a crowded frontcourt. However, sources close to the Kentucky program told CBSSports.com that Calipari is working to keep Orton on board, and the ideal scenario would be Orton and Cousins enrolling together.

2. What about Xavier Henry and John Wall?

At least one media outlet reported that new Memphis coach Josh Pastner would hire Henry's father, Carl, in an attempt to keep the McDonald's All-American committed to Memphis, but industry sources told CBSSports.com that's simply not going to happen. Thus, Henry will re-open his recruitment and probably choose between Kansas and Kentucky. As for Wall, the nation's top point guard prospect remains uncommitted. But Kentucky is very much involved, meaning there is a chance that Cousins, Orton, Henry and Wall could play together for Calipari at Kentucky, although it's unclar whether that's a likely scenario or merely a possibility.

Wall is the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2009.

Henry is the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2009.

 

Comments

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:11 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

As for the scholarships- here is what schollies will be available:

Jared Carter- graduated

Michael Porter- left to pursue job and take care of family. He graduates from UK in May as well.

Ramon Harris- will move to academic scholly. (and see little playing time)

Liggins & Stewart- expected transfers (Liggins most likely out of necessity due to poor grades)

That frees up 5 spots to be taken by 1) Jon Hood, 2) Daniel Orton 3) Demarcus Cousins 4) John Wall and 5) ???

As for Cousins getting academically eligible, the kid carries a 3.4 GPA, so I doubt the ACT or SAT will be a problem for him.

Next year's UK roster could be LOADED:

PG: Wall, Galloway

SG: Meeks, Hood

SF: Miller, Harris

PF: Patterson, Cousins, Pilgrim, Stevenson (although he might redshirt)

C: Orton, Harrelson

WOW.

 




Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:11 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

Like UK fans that bash Pitino....??? 




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:10 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

you dont want our leftovers,  they are rotten

 Well Just steer Daniel Orton down our way then...sounds like he's de-comtting according to Parrish's radio show.




Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:09 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

We have been on the national stage before Cal!  He didn't take us to any place we hadn't been before!  As to the Kentucky fans who say they did not want to "steal" recruits I do believe that to be true.  We all want to win and that is the bottom line.  For right now Kentucky has our old coach and our success is going to legitimize Coach Cal's legacy.  If Coach Pastner  ends up a success Cal will get the credit.  In turn I don't wish Cal or Kentucky any ill will for the same reasons.  Your success will only give credit to our own!




Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:02 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

 

jealously doesn't become you.  Love how you trash the coach now that he has left.

Yet I'm sure you had nothing but praise for him while he was there.

GROW UP!!!!! 




Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 12:58 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

My goodness, don't beat around the bush, tell us how you really feel.  

Amazing how some people can't handle the fact that their school is 2nd rate and doesn't hold a candle

to a top tier school like U.K.    The only reason you guys won all those games and got onto the national

stage was because of Cal.  He's dreamed of coming here since his days with umass,  so now his dream

has come true.  But you don't care about that because all you care about is your poor little self.

Now you want to dis the guy now that he's gone, although I'm sure you had nothing but great things

to say about him while he was there.

 

      
;  
 GROW UP!!!




Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 12:38 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

 

Porter is out officially...there will be more.




Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 12:37 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

 Porter is out as off today, married with a baby on the way...they will find the scholarships.  sorry folks that were hoping that wouldnt happen.




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 12:28 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

 you dont want our leftovers,  they are rotten




Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 12:26 pm
 

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

That's right eligiblity is an issue with Cousins!  It has been widely reported by sports news that the kid has not taken any of the ACTs/Sat or any academic paperwork up to this point at least as of last week.  So even if he says I'm going to Kentucky he might not be on the team! 



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