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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'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 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 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.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 11:00 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK


 Yes sir.  Your AD bought a coach and a team to keep his job.  If you don't think this was a package deal; think again.  Kentucky not only wanted to come back, they wanted back with a roar.  Well you are not at all correct.  In this deal they were buying a coach and staff and the No. 1 recruiting class.  How would it not equal a championship?  Before Cal left to go to Kentucky, the Memphis recruiting class (pending the signing of Cousins and maybe Wall) was going to be one of the best ever and this team was already being talked about as the contender for the NC next year.  That's right, I said the contender.  Now what happened the players are leaving and going where?  After he said what at BOTH OF HIS FREAKING PRESS CONFERENCES-  I HOPE THEY (THE RECRUITS) STAY AT MEMPHIS! 

I hope your liar of a coach and his dirty ways catch up to him!  Classy coaches don't take their recruits with them.  Ask Roy Williams when he left Kansas.  Kentucky is known as the traditional Classy Program of the SEC now you have THE MOST CLASSLESS COACH IN THE NCAA.  Doesn't look good for the Kentucky image.

Enjoy the recruits your AD and BOOSTERS bought!

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:49 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

Good, get your gettin' and get gone. Apparently this was the only way kentucky could get back to being relevant and they had enough old money and the 1970's prestige to pull it off by purchasing our program on the open market.

Coach Cal is like the whore you married that everyone said was too good for you anyway and now she's taking all of your stuff only you get to keep the house. Take you stuff and get out already, you've been flirting with everyone that will talk to you for years. We're exhausted from aruguing and worrying about it. Just leave.

Can't wait to see when the bright lights of kentucky really show the nation what is in the darkest corners of Cal's office.

After having a week to reflect it almost feels good to have a clean start.

Let's go Mr. Pastner, you're the one!


Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:46 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

 Few things......

To those of you who keep talking about this "package deal" crap, do you really HONESTLY think a University like Kentucky would give a coach an 8 year, 30+ million deal in hopes of landing a couple of recruits, who probably won't stay longer than 2 years, especially knowing it probably doesn't even mean a championship?  Does it help the deal if you have two equal coaches going for a job?  Sure, but that's not the case here.  This is more about what he brings to program overall rather than "oh my, maybe he can get Wall and Cousins to come here."

As for scholarships, he'll make room.  Liggins and Galloway are both dispensable.

Finally, I wish Porter the best of luck, but I suspect this is a LOT more about him realizing he won't play.  If he though he would start as a senior for UK under Calipari and the new excitement around program, he wouldn't be leaving, child or no child.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:37 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

I guess this means that Calipari's bonus clauses kick in now. All part of the "packaged" deal he signed.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:37 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

I guess however many current Memphis players/potential recruits go to Kentucky with Calipari depends on what Josh Pastner can do to reassure them that he means business and is committed to Memphis' success. He's been a success wherever he's been asst. coach. According to Memphis basketball's website:

"Pastner came to Memphis after a successful six-year stint as an assistant coach on Hall of Famer Lute Olson's staff at the University of Arizona. From 2003-08, Arizona averaged nearly 23 wins per season (137-60 record; .695 winning percentage), captured two Pac-10 regular season championships (2003, 2005) and advanced to two NCAA Tournament regional finals (2003, 2005). The Wildcats earned NCAA Tournament berths in each of Pastner's six seasons as an assistant coach.

"Pastner, who was with the Arizona program as a player, administrator and coach since 1996, was a key cog in the Wildcats' recruiting efforts and working with the program's big men.

"In his six seasons as an assistant in Tucson, Pastner's tireless efforts on the recruiting trail paid big dividends, as the Wildcats continued to successfully recruit top-notch student-athletes. Arizona's recruiting classes were among the best nationally in each of his six seasons as an assistant. In June of 2005,'s Chris Wallace named Pastner one of college basketball's top 25 recruiters, writing, "Any list of top recruiters must include Pastner." In May 2008, rated Pastner as the No. 7 high-major recruiter in the country. And just recently, Basketball Times named Pastner the No. 5 assistant coach in the country in the publication's April 2009 issue."

Just remember: Roy Williams was once Dean Smith's asst. And Billy Donovan was once Rick Pitino's asst. So I think Memphis fans should take heart from that precedent. Smile

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:20 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

Kentucky...the glass houses we build. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:19 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

Reports are that Porter is giving up basketball to be a family man.  Porter should transfer to Georgetown College which is right next to UK and is an annual top-10 NAIA college.  He would start and play right away. 

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:11 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

Gary is just doing his job. It's not like he's making this stuff up. The truth hurts. We all knew Calipari was going to take his recruits with him anyway.


Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 9:55 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

Scholarships aren't much of a problem.  It is fairly common for a coach with a loaded team to make one of his bench a "walk-on" and then have a booster pay for his school.  I hope that UK doesn't grab everyone (still a little bitter about the whole thing as a Memphis fan) but it is very possible.  And if they do, watch out.


Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 9:53 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

After UK gets through feasting on all of the old Memphis recruits, maybe y'all would be kind enough to send us your leftovers!Tongue out


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