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Dear Gary (on recruits and pizza toppings)

Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:07 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2008 1:10 pm

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I just want to know where those five uncommitted guys (mentioned in Tuesday's Dear Gary) are favoring going. Can we get each's top five list in descending order? And the top five pizza toppings (also mentioned yesterday) is always fun.

-- UNCPhoenix

I'm not a big fan of top five school lists because there are almost never five schools really competing for a prospect at this point in the recruitment, regardless of what a prospect insists. Most of it is just posturing and there are usually only two or three schools still seriously involved and with a reasonable chance to secure a commitment. So rather than supply a list that you can get anywhere I'll give you my best guess on where those five players will land, and we'll look back on this someday and see how I did, whether I'm really as smart as I think I am or really as dumb as some of you think I am.

Without further ado, here you go ...

1. John Wall
My guess: Baylor
My reason: Package deals usually go as planned.

2. Derrick Favors
My guess: Georgia Tech
My reason: He wants to stay in the state, and Georgia Tech is the best in-state program.

3. Xavier Henry
My guess: Memphis
My reason: Most figured this would be done last month, and it would've been if not for Kansas doing a great job dragging it out. Either way, the thought here is that John Calipari will ultimately succeed (despite what happened last time Memphis let the Jayhawks hang around too long).

4. Kenny Boynton
My guess: Florida
My reason: Boynton is very familiar with the Florida program and was even on campus last week. Duke, Texas, Georgia Tech and Memphis remain in the picture. But my money is on the in-state school to land the in-state star.

5. John Henson
My guess: North Carolina
My reason: He committed months ago.

Anyway, now let's move on to the important stuff: Pizza toppings!

Here's a useless fact about yours truly: I delivered pizzas all through college, first for Pizza Hut and then for Papa John's. I was pretty amazing at it, could get a pie somewhere in 30-minutes-or-less in my sleep. In the process, I ate pretty much every kind of pizza you can imagine, even a pizza with anchovies on it. Honestly, they weren't bad. But they weren't good either and there's no way in hell they're making GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza.

As promised, here's the list ...

-- GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza --

1. Cheese

Don't ever forget the obvious. Cheese is crucial to a good pie.

2. Barbeque

I know this is unconventional, but the stuff is really good. Just trust me. Try it.

3. Onions

Onions are awesome.

4. Jalapenos

Great to eat, terrible to put on your eyeball. So try to avoid that. I put a jalapeno on my eyeball once. It burned just as you might imagine.

5. Garlic Sauce

Have you tried this stuff? You can get it pretty much anywhere now, and it really is heaven. I have to order extra garlic sauces every time because I'll just pour that stuff all over the place. I'm considering using it to replace milk in my morning cereal, it's so good. So next time you order, make sure to order garlic sauce. And, of course, don't forget to tip your drivers well. They're working hard, you know.


Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2008 6:04 pm

Dear Gary (on recruits and pizza toppings)

First, I would never count out Bill Self out.

He's in until it's over.

But what I'm basing my opinion on is what I base all my opinions on, which are conversations with people in the know. I've talked to Xavier and pretty much all the people who are recruiting him, on and off the record. From those conversations I gathered that Memphis has long been the "leader," for lack of a better term. But again, I'd never count out Kansas. That's not what I'm doing. I'm making a prediction using the information I have, and just like any prediction it could ultimately be wrong.

But make no mistake, it is an educated prediction.

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2008 2:59 pm

Dear Gary (on recruits and pizza toppings)


I'm not saying I disagree with you on where Xavier Henry will land, but I'm wondering what gives you that impression.  There are a lot of factors that seem to point the Jayhawks' direction:
  1. He's got two visits lined up at KU, one of which is Late Night.
  2. Both of his parents played ball at KU.
  3. His brother committed to KU before being drafted to play baseball.
If you're looking at all that and saying Xavier will end up at Memphis, it seems to insinuate that Coach Cal is a much, much better recruiter than Self...or that Self will be heading to Memphis to take an assistant's position.

We can make it interesting and wager a pizza.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 5:24 pm

Dear Gary (on recruits and pizza toppings)

X Henry is going to KU.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:12 pm

Dear Gary (on recruits and pizza toppings)

I am feeling you on the BBQ, it is a staple in Memphis.  I would have to put that up there along with extra cheese, salami, tomaters and artichoke hearts (try it, you'll never go back)!

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