Posted on: July 1, 2009 6:16 am
Edited on: July 1, 2009 6:25 am

The Henry family could use some PR classes

Just to recap ...

The week started with Carl Henry telling the Kansas City Star that his older son, C.J. Henry, is just as good as future Kansas teammate Sherron Collins even though C.J. hasn't played organized basketball in four years and despite the fact that he has never been considered an elite prospect. Carl added that both his sons plan to be one-and-done prospects and hinted that the reason Xavier isn't already at Kansas is because he doesn't want to go to class. Then the proud papa told a Kansas City radio station Tuesday that both his sons -- C.J. Henry and McDonald's All-American Xavier Henry -- might actually choose to enroll at Kentucky instead of Kansas because that's what Xavier wanted to do all along. But by late Tuesdya Xavier was text-messaging folks that he really is going to enroll at Kansas, cross his heart and hope to die.

Unreal, right?

In fairness, there's still a decent chance this all ends well for the Henry family.

But it sure as hell isn't off to a great start.

(Either way, I'm back to vacation .)
Posted on: June 30, 2009 7:01 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2009 7:05 pm

Stephenson & Henry aren't respecting my vacation

Lance Stephenson is committed to Cincinnati .

Xavier Henry might go to Kentucky (instead of Kansas).

I'm still on vacation ... but it doesn't really feel like it today.

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Posted on: April 22, 2009 12:44 pm

KU lands Henry brothers

Xavier and C.J. Henry both plan to enroll at Kansas, sources involved in the recruitment have confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Barring a late change of plans, a formal announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.

C.J. was a walk-on at Memphis last season, and Xavier, a high school senior, committed to play there under John Calipari. But when Calipari left for Kentucky, the recruitment re-opened, and now it appears to have ended with the Jayhawks landing, in Xavier, a consensus top five prospect who will strengthen their hold on the top spot in the preseason Top 25 (and one) . As for C.J., it's unclear whether he'll be granted a waiver to play next season at Kansas. But sources said he will request one and deal with the result, either way.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2009 12:34 am

Pretty good at both

Eight schools have won a bowl game and NCAA tournament basketball game this season.

Three are from the Big 12.

Here's the list ...

  • Arizona (Pac-10)
  • Connecticut (Big East)
  • Kansas (Big 12)
  • LSU (SEC)
  • Maryland (ACC)
  • Missouri (Big 12)
  • Southern California (Pac-10)
  • Texas (Big 12)
Posted on: March 9, 2009 11:50 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2009 2:01 am

Wall calls Memphis his leader

John Calipari has claimed he wants to someday produce an undefeated season culminating with a national title.

He might have a realistic opportunity on tap.

"I think Memphis is in the lead right now," John Wall, the nation's top point guard, told Scout.com's Evan Daniels on Monday night. "I think Memphis has been in the lead for a while."

Obviously, this could all change.

Baylor or Kansas or Miami could be Wall's "leader" tomorrow.

But Wall labeling Memphis his "leader" a day after DeMarcus Cousins committed to the Tigers qualifies as a news worthy development, because -- considering Xavier Henry has already signed with the Tigers -- it now appears likely that Calipari will have three top six recruits on his roster next season, specifically the nation's No. 1 point guard (Wall), No. 1 shooting guard (Henry) and No. 2 center (Cousins). In recent history, that sort of trio would compare favorably to Ohio State's 2006 class featuring the No. 4 point guard (Mike Conley), No. 2 shooting guard (Daequan Cook) and No. 1 center (Greg Oden), or North Carolina's 2006 class featuring the No. 1 point guard (Ty Lawson), No. 1 shooting guard (Wayne Ellington) and No. 1 power forward (Brandan Wright).

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 26, 2009 2:32 pm

Dear Gary (on a wrestling partner)

Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: If you had to tag-team wrestle the British Bulldogs in a steel cage match, would you rather have Sherron Collins or Ty Lawson on your team?
-- Dane

Collins, I think.

Because though the two are listed similarly in terms of height and weight, my guess is that Collins is a little stronger, and I'm putting a huge emphasis on strength given that this is a wrestling match and all. Plus, things could get out of hand; don't forget, it's a cage match. And if things do get out of hand, I want somebody on my side who is capable of getting out of hand right along with them, and who's better at that than the guy who once allegedly exposed himself to a female in an elevator?

Clearly, Sherron Collins will do anything to win.

Even pull his junk out.

So given a choice, I'm taking Collins, and the plan will be for us to wrestle until Markieff Morris comes from the back with his BB gun and pops one of the British Bulldogs while the referee isn't looking, at which point we make the pin and walk away champions. Should be simple, and I appreciate you giving me an opportunity to address this issue.

Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:31 pm

Dear Gary (on Kansas and its pros)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: So now that Kansas got the big win Monday (over Oklahoma), what do you think about KU having three NBA players (which has traditionally been a prerequisite for winning the NCAA title )? Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich seem obvious, and I'd say you're crazy if you don't think Bill Self can get at least one of the Morris twins, Mario Little, Travis Releford or Tyshawn Taylor to the NBA considering he got Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun there after four years. Thoughts?

-- Ryan

That's an interesting point, and I think I agree (to some degree).

No doubt, Collins and Aldrich will be in the NBA, and so now we're just looking for one more, and I guess it's reasonable to assume one of the young guys could play in the NBA someday, especially considering Kaun and Jackson were, by definition, NBA players. So if the question is whether it's possible for three players on this Kansas roster to one day play in the NBA, the answer would have to be that yes, it is possible. But KU doesn't have three obvious pros like Connecticut, Louisville, Wake Forest and North Carolina. So I wouldn't put the Jayhawks in that same teams-with-the-number-of-necessary-
pros-to-win-the-NCAA-tournament group, but I think they clearly belong in the next group, along with Marquette, UCLA and a few others.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 23, 2009 6:57 pm

The Big 12 stacks up pretty well, actually

Regardless of what happens in tonight's game between Kansas and Oklahoma, it's pretty clear that Bill Self and Jeff Capel -- plus Missouri's Mike Anderson -- deserve some serious accolades for the work they're doing this season. It's remarkable, really, that the Jayhawks (22-5), Sooners (25-2) and Tigers (23-4) are among the nation's leaders in victories. And to those who would claim all three are merely benefitting from playing in a league not called the ACC, I would offer the following information as a counter argument:

The Big 12 has two teams in the top 10 of the Coaches poll.

Just like the ACC.

The Big 12 has seven wins against non-league top 25 teams.

Just like the ACC.

The Big 12 has three teams in the top 15 of the CBSSports.com RPI rankings.

Just like the ACC.

The Big 12 has six teams in the top 40 of the CBSSports.com RPI rankings.

But the ACC only has five.

So I ask: Is the Big 12 really not at (or at least near) the ACC's level?

Category: NCAAB
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