Posted on: July 6, 2008 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2008 8:40 pm
AKRON, Ohio -- The word in recruiting circles was that Xavier Henry planned to announce his college destination this week at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and I'm here to report that the word was indeed true. Henry absolutely planned to announce his decision. But those plans have since changed and Henry has actually expanded his list of possible schools.
"I was going to make an announcement this week about where I'm going to college, but then I found out I'm still not sure," Henry, the best player at this camp, told me Sunday in between games. "I talked it over with my mom and dad and now I'm not really sure where I want to go."
Henry was down to Kansas and Memphis, and he's visited both schools. He said the new plan is to finish the summer circuit and then visit Texas and UCLA before making a decision between those four programs, though sources still insist it'll likely come down to Kansas and Memphis -- just like last season's national title game -- which is why Bill Self and assistant Joe Dooley were in the stands watching Henry on Sunday right beside John Calipari and assistant Josh Pastner. The four coaches actually sat together and talked throughout, all while hoping they can edge their counterparts for a 6-foot-6 guard capable of leading either school to the 2010 Final Four.
Posted on: June 16, 2008 12:53 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2008 12:54 pm
Memphis junior Robert Dozier has decided to formally withdraw from the NBA Draft before Monday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.
Dozier, according to the sources, has made the Memphis staff aware of his plans. The 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 9.2 points and 6.8 rebounds last season was never projected as a first-round pick. His return means John Calipari will have two starters back from a team that won 38 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament title game.
Posted on: May 23, 2008 10:10 am
Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier are keeping quiet about their future plans.
But, as always, Joey Dorsey is talking.
The former Memphis Tiger told CBSSports.com on Friday morning that though Anderson and Dozier are still technically in the NBA Draft, they are planning to withdraw and return to college for their senior years.
"They will be coming back to school," Dorsey said. "Take it from me. They're coming back."
Assuming Dorsey is correct -- and he promised he is -- John Calipari is assured of another preseason Top 15 team even with the losses of Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose. A probable Memphis starting lineup will be Willie Kemp, Tyreke Evans, Anderson, Dozier and Shawn Taggart.
Posted on: May 22, 2008 5:44 pm
Edited on: May 22, 2008 6:43 pm
The final figures are in: Kentucky led the nation in attendance this season. Again. It marks the 12th time in 13 years that the Wildcats have led in attendance, a statistic that demonstrates how UK has the most committed fans in the country ... and a really big home arena.
Kentucky averaged 22,554 fans to top the list by more than 2,000 people per game.
Interestingly, three of the top eight schools are from the SEC.
The entire Top 10 is below:
1. Kentucky (22,554)
2. North Carolina (20,497)
3. Syracuse (20,345)
4. Tennessee (20,267)
5. Louisville (19,481)
6. Maryland (17,950)
7. Wisconsin (17,190)
8. Arkansas (17,148)
9. Indiana (16,876)
10. Memphis (16,748)
Posted on: May 20, 2008 2:29 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2008 3:18 pm
Scout.com ranks Negedu as the 71st best senior in the nation.
Rivals.com has him at No. 40.
(Update: I just spoke with Negedu by phone. He said the four schools he's considering are Tennessee, Indiana, Memphis and Georgia Tech.)
Posted on: May 12, 2008 9:47 am
John Calipari already lured one assistant from a marquee program.
Now he's trying to get another.
Sources with knowledge of the situation have told CBSSports.com that Calipari is considering completing his staff -- now missing Derek Kellogg (new head coach at UMass) and Chuck Martin (new head coach at Marist) -- by hiring from a group of candidates that is headlined by Pittsburgh assistant Orlando Antigua and Georgetown assistant David Cox. If Calipari gets his way, one of those two will likely join John Robic and Josh Pastner on the Memphis bench next season.
Pastner is coming to Memphis from Arizona.
That move should be made official this week.
Posted on: May 8, 2008 11:24 am
Edited on: May 9, 2008 2:09 pm
Josh Pastner, as expected, is leaving Arizona for Memphis.
A source close to the situation told CBSSports.com on Thursday morning that the 30-year-old assistant has agreed in principle to make the move and should be formally introduced in the coming days, soon as everything is signed and official. In the meantime, count this as a huge coup for John Calipari, who has hit a home run by luring the Arizona graduate to replace Derek Kellogg on the Memphis staff.
Kellogg, of course, left Memphis to become the head coach at UMass.
So if you're keeping track, Calipari's revamped staff will feature Pastner, John Robic and either Rod Strickland or a yet-to-be-determined member. Meanwhile, Lute Olson's staff will feature three new assistants. They are Russ Pennell, Mike Dunlap and a yet-to-be-determined member who will essentially fill the void left by the departure of Pastner.
Posted on: April 18, 2008 2:43 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2008 6:42 pm
None of the North Carolina stars seem ready to make a decision about their future.
Thus, we wait.
But for those keeping count, there are now really just four schools whose national title hopes hinge on a yet-to-be-made decision by an underclassman. They are North Carolina (Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Hansbrough), Texas (D.J. Augustin), Connecticut (Hasheem Thabeet) and Tennessee (Tyler Smith). If things were to break correctly for those teams -- which is to say, if their players return for another season -- any of them would be a legitimate national title contender. If not -- which is to say, if their players enter the NBA Draft -- any of them would be damaged considerably.
So how will it play out?
Any guess is a reasonable guess on Lawson, Ellington and Hansbrough. They could all go, all stay or some combination of the three could go or stay, meaning there is no simple answer with the Tar Heels. It's likely nobody will know anything until next week. But if they all happen to return, you can go ahead and slot UNC as the preseason No. 1 in every relevant poll.
Moving on, it seems the smart money has Augustin and Thabeet entering with Augustin the most likely of that duo to return (though most believe he's absolutely leaning towards at least testing the waters). And if I had to pick one player from this entire list who I think will return it would be Smith, a 6-foot-7 forward who seems to get pushed down the board every time some other underclassman declares. Smith is aware of this, I'm told. So don't be surprised if he opts for another season at Tennessee, where he could team with McDonald's All-American Scotty Hopson to make the Vols the SEC favorites for the second straight year.
The deadline to enter the draft is April 27.