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Originally published April 22, 2009 at 11:18a.m., updated April 23, 2009 at 12:00a.m.

Xavier Henry calls news conference for 11:15 a.m. Thursday to announce college choice

Many sources say top-rated recruit will choose Kansas

KU recruit Xavier Henry, right, and brother C.J. take in the Late Night festivities in this 2005 file photo. C.J. was admitted to KU on Tuesday.

KU recruit Xavier Henry, right, and brother C.J. take in the Late Night festivities in this 2005 file photo. C.J. was admitted to KU on Tuesday.

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Basketball recruit to announce decision

Xavier Henry and his brother, C.J., will finally pick a school Thursday morning.

The saga of Xavier Henry: A two year drama

Over the past two years, Xavier Henry's recruitment has captured the attention of Jayhawk Nation. Join us now as we look back at the twists and turns in this roller coaster.

Locals are referring to Thursday morning’s main event as “Xavier Henry Press Conference Part Deux.”

Henry, a 6-foot-6 blue-chip McDonald’s All-American who is the country’s No. 8-rated high school basketball senior according to Rivals.com, for the second time in five months will announce his college choice in front of print and electronic media types, family and friends at 11:15 a.m. today in Putnam City High’s gym.

Back on Nov. 18, the selection was Memphis.

This time, sources say — barring any late change of heart — it’s Kansas University.

The Journal-World — as well as Foxsports.com, ESPN.com, CBSsportsline.com, Rivals.com, Zagsblog.net, Daily Oklahoman, Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, Memphis Commercial-Appeal as well as several other Kansas media outlets and Kentucky recruiting Web sites — have sources close to the Henry family saying KU won out this time over Kentucky and Memphis.

Coaches from all three schools have been informed of Henry’s choice. Xavier’s brother, C.J. Henry, a 6-foot-3 red-shirt freshman nonscholarship guard at Memphis, also is expected to move over to KU.

The New York Yankees will continue to pay for C.J.’s schooling, and he will not count against the scholarship limit of 13.

“They (brothers) want to get it over with. We (parents) want to get it over with,” Carl Henry, father of the Henry brothers, said of the second recruiting saga, which started April 1, when Memphis coach John Calipari left the Conference USA school for Kentucky.

That’s when the Henrys asked to be released from their letters of intent.

Xavier, who averaged 28.7 points and 6.9 rebounds a game this past season for state-champion Putnam City High, scored 14 points in the McDonald’s game and 22 points off 7-of-12 shooting (including six made threes) for Team USA in the Nike Hoops Summit.

Henry’s dad, Carl, told the Journal-World that NBA scouts indicated Xavier was “physically ready” for the pros his junior year of high school.

“He knows the game,” Carl Henry said.

He’s considered a certain “one and done” college player.

“He’s told me it’s for one year. He gets upset when I’ve said he might like it and stay two,” Carl Henry said with a laugh.

Recruiting analysts love Xavier’s game.

“The way his body is defined ... it’s an NBA body,” said Shay Wildeboor of Rivals.com, referring to the 210-pounder. “He has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc. When he is at his best, he can shoot, score off the bounce, has a mid-range game and excels in transition.”

He expects to fill a need at the wing position in KU’s rotation.

“Last year, teams talked about stopping Sherron (Collins) and Cole (Aldrich). A lot of times there was no third scoring option — sometimes Tyshawn (Taylor), Brady (Morningstar),” Wildeboor said. “This gives them a legitimate third scoring option, that and so much more.”

If Henry commits today — he can’t sign another letter and will not be bound to KU until first day of class this summer — he would fill KU’s scholarship allotment of 13.

The Jayhawks are believed still to be pursuing Raleigh, N.C., point guard John Wall, who is considering Duke, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Baylor and others.

It is believed Lance Stephenson, a 6-6 guard/forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., who has narrowed his list to KU, Maryland and St. John’s, now will not attend KU. Zagsblog.net reports that the Stephenson camp was keeping a low profile Wednesday amid reports of Henry heading to KU.

Carl says: Carl Henry, who spoke to the Journal-World on Wednesday morning, would not confirm reports of his sons choosing KU.

He was a bit more direct when reached by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“If I was a betting man, I’d bet 100 percent my kids will go to Kansas,” Carl told reporter Jerry Tipton.

Carl Henry told Tipton much of the decision came down to Xavier and C.J.'s mother, Barbara, who wanted to be close enough to see her children play often.

“To me, they don’t want to buck the system,” Carl Henry told Tipton. “There is no way they want to see their mother unhappy.”

After being told that his “100 percent comment”would make headlines, Carl Henry backed off just a bit.

“Make it 70 percent," Henry said with a laugh to Tipton.

About today’s news conference: Putnam City basketball coach and athletic director A.D. Burtschi said Wednesday that Xavier will make a brief statement, take a couple of questions, then speak to print reporters, followed by TV reporters at the news conference. It’s possible C.J. Henry will be made available on the phone.

KU coach Bill Self will not be able to comment on the Henry commitment until the player attends classes at KU.

Will he sit out ... or won’t he?: C.J. Henry, who sat out last season at Memphis because of a broken bone in his foot, would come to KU as a walk-with the Yankees paying for his schooling as part of the contract he signed in 2005. C.J. will appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility. Normally recruits must sit out a year after making a transfer.

“He will be able to play,” Carl Henry said. He explained that because his son initiated recruiting contact with Memphis and the Yanks paid his tuition, there is a “one-time eligibility rule” that will allow him to play in games in the 2009-10 season.

Scouting report: Here’s what draftexpress.com had to say about Xavier Henry on April 16: “After a solid showing at the McDonald's game, Henry managed to take some time to put his recruiting situation out of his mind, and entered this week with a solid focus. This paid off for the talented wing, who lead Team USA in scoring (at Nike Summit) and showed some very nice skills in the process. Eighteen of Henry’s 22 points came from behind the three point line, where he shows good form and a quick release. The lefty shoots the ball with a great deal of confidence as well, and has no reservations about taking another shot, even if he badly missed the last one. The rest of his points came on one drive to the hoop where he displayed solid body control, and another finish on a basket cut in the half-court.

“He needs to further develop his ball-skills before he should be considered NBA ready, and a more polished mid-range game would be a nice step as well. He has a strong body, good size, and impressive defensive tools, however, and should ease into the role of shooting specialist very comfortably wherever he ends up next season.”

Comments

sportdan30 11 years, 6 months ago

Sweet Niblets! Hope it's true. After tomorrow, if they don't commit, they're dead to me.

100 11 years, 6 months ago

Gotta give it to FoxSports. They called it a month ago and were the first to publish it today.

Nice choice, boys.

Looking forward to seeing soms bigtime highlights of Carl & Barbara on the scoreboard

RockChalkJayBlog 11 years, 6 months ago

100---Gotta give it to Fox Sports? Uhm...They're reporting what other sources are reporting.

keeb1211 11 years, 6 months ago

Like the weather in Kansas, wait an hour, it's bound to change.

Eric Williams 11 years, 6 months ago

Wait, what about Hawks2010 and his prognostication that the Henry's would choose Memphis at 2:30 p.m. today?

Am I supposed to believe the LJWorld Staff over this anonymous Hawks2010 guy?

JHaWk4EvA 11 years, 6 months ago

YESSIR now where are those sh*t talking kentucky fans. I read on the message boards on truebluekentucky that they all are wanting us on their schedule next season so they can "pound" us! HAHA kentucky people are garbage

RckChalkJeff 11 years, 6 months ago

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kesmithstl1 11 years, 6 months ago

Hope it's true. I'll believe it when they're enrolled in class.

Brett Glover 11 years, 6 months ago

All you people who trash talked him for being undecisive and not wanting him will have to eat his jock strap. Come on home Henry famil!

Gil Ek 11 years, 6 months ago

sports radio 610 a.m. in K.C. reported 10 minutes ago "X" picked KU!!! :-)

KUbsee69 11 years, 6 months ago

Actually, Dorothy called it first when she said "There's no place like HOME".

nammyjignigh 11 years, 6 months ago

LETS GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO XAVIER'S PROM DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAD SHE SAID NO, HE WOULD HAVE VISITED KENTUCKY AND THINGS WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT.

SO ONCE AGAIN, HAVE FUN AT THE PROM XAVIER, AND WELCOME TO THE JAYHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SCHNBALL 11 years, 6 months ago

breaking news, press conference delayed, X has to practice his dance moves for the prom!!!

100 11 years, 6 months ago

RockChalkJayBlog,

About a month ago FoxSports called this -- essentially an educated prediction at the time.

You're right the story above is what everyone is running today -- essentially an educated probability based off of rumor and a leak from Cal's office about last night's phone call.

FTUCH3432 11 years, 6 months ago

is there an official word of the press conference yet?

KUwishesItWasUK 11 years, 6 months ago

I'd say it's 99% that the Henry's are going to KU. But would it really surprise anyone if they didn't? Look at what these kids and there ringleader of a dad have done so far. . . They release information, then change it, like We change coaches. . . I said this yesterday and I'll say it again today. . . I hope they stay at Memphis.

CBaller13 11 years, 6 months ago

TheShiver was the first KU site to have it. KentuckyInk was actually the very first and reported it when The Henry's called Cal and told him.

gutter 11 years, 6 months ago

I wanted Lance but am happy with Xavier and CJ.

lv_jhwk 11 years, 6 months ago

This is seems more and more like finding a prom date back in high school. You cover your bets by asking two girls, telling them that you'll go with whomever agrees first. Then you spend the rest of the time hoping that the worst case scenario (your date flakes and the other girl becomes prom queen) doesn't happen.

Regardless of the analogy, this is where I now find myself now that decision time is at hand. I see obvious talents that both Xavier and Lance would bring to KU, but feel each would impact the team a bit differently. And despite the many opinions and such, we all know the results can't be predicted and won't be known until this time next year.

Anyway, this whole train of thought is moot if KU ends up with the "prom queen" either way.

Jeffery Barrett 11 years, 6 months ago

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KUPROUD 11 years, 6 months ago

"Carl Henry, father of Xavier and C.J., would not confirm that the choice is KU" I don't blame Carl, the way his boys have flopped around in the water on this. I'm guessing Carl isn't absolutely certain at this point. Which ball cap will they put on? We've been surprised before.

FTUCH3432 11 years, 6 months ago

shouldn't they have announced by now? an hour into PC....

Tony Bandle 11 years, 6 months ago

If it is indeed true, that is great news...on the other hand, I feel a bit of sadness. This announcement will pretty much preclude Lance coming to KU.

This thought hit me last night...it's not only what the young men can do for the school, it's what the school can do for the young men.

X and CJ come from a stable loving environment with lots of positive reinforcement.

Lance comes from a close family but the mean streets of New York. In my heart, I think that Lance needs KU more than Xavier or CJ do. I only wish this kid the best and hope he fulfills his dream.......it would have been wonderful if it had been a Crimson and Blue dream, but I guess blood is thicker than water.

They're jumping for joy in Maryland!!!

Lance, maybe you could come too!!!

Scott Oswalt 11 years, 6 months ago

jayhawkerCO- today is Wednesday.

Bring on the X factor!

Rivethead 11 years, 6 months ago

FTUCH3432.....the press conference is not today.

Michael Auchard 11 years, 6 months ago

I hope this silences all of the naysayers of an 18-year old kid who was recently in a car accident. IF he's coming here, I hope some of us act a bit more classy, like they usually do.

rcjh22 11 years, 6 months ago

Anyone who has said that they should have announced by now.. The press conference is on Thursday. Read the story. The stupidity sometimes.. It amazes me.

FTUCH3432 11 years, 6 months ago

wow...hate myself a lot right now.. wow.. i wasnt leaving my house until he announced... not sure what to do with myself right now hahaha i am retarded

FTUCH3432 11 years, 6 months ago

perhaps its excitement... not stupidity? but sure, would rather hate on fellow hawk fans...

KY_Cats1 11 years, 6 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! This must be a mistake. Say it ain’t so Henry brothers….PLEASE! Coach Cal had you signed, sealed, and delivered.

The Blue Mist has clearly shown it wants to wrap you in the welcoming blanket that is UK basketball. Other fan bases have already shown how they can and will turn on you. You know that won’t be the case here in the Bluegrass. Please don’t make a bad decision and sign with another lesser program.

The greatest basketball program in college history… 7 NCAA Tournament championships… The most wins in college basketball history… The best winning percentage in college basketball history… The best coach and recruiter in the college game today… The most knowledgeable and rabid fans in any sport… The greatest home arena in hoops with 23,500 fans cheering you every game… The beautiful city of Lexington to call home.

All facts that the Family Henry should consider carefully before getting in front of the microphone on Thursday. Please, please, please make the right choice and come to the Bluegrass!

Whatever your decision, we wish you all the best in your career. The Cats’ ascension back to the top rung of college basketball would be better with you along for the ride however.

With Coach Cal now in charge, 3 NCAA tournament championships in the next 5 years.

GUAR-AN-TEED!!!

Go Big Blue!!!

Peace Out

Tamaralaug 11 years, 6 months ago

Its ok, FTUCH3432. When I first saw the report on another site, I missed that it was Thursday also. Took me a few searches to realize the conference is tomorrow.

tstanlick1909 11 years, 6 months ago

Reminiscent to the 2005 recruiting class

Chalmers/Rush/Wright

Johnson/Henry/Robinson

Great Class Bill

rcjh22 11 years, 6 months ago

3 championships in 5 years? Are you high? How will he do that if he can't even win one at Memphis?

tstanlick1909 11 years, 6 months ago

And seriously Kentucky fans get out of our boards

Is it not enough that you have been guaranteeing the Henry boys would be coming to your POS school for the last three days

Ah how wrong you were, generally a direct result of inbreeding

Dont you hear your sister calling for you? Shes not wearing any pantiessss!!

Cameron Lauer 11 years, 6 months ago

ky_cats01,

how do you "guar-an-tee" ANY championships when your new coach has yet to win ONE? i have a "guar-an-tee" for you...recruiting violations.

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

ky jellie kat

last 25 years....

kansas vs kentucky head to head: KU 5 - UK 4

national chamionships: 2 each

conference championships: KU 9 - UK 9

so if you wanna boast about your precious cats. just know that you are reaching greatly and holding on tightly to a way distant past that won't hold on much longer.

P.S. UK is minus 4 of the 7 titles you brag about had it not been for a KU alum (rupp)

11 years, 6 months ago

RckChalkJeff,

Dude, you are like Maggie Simpson's nemesis, the unibrow baby :^)

Whenever 100 comments, I can almost always count on you having a response just a few posts later. Did LJW set you up with an IM service that alerts you whenever he posts?? LOL


KY_Cats1,

You have some good points, but UNC is probably going to pass you guys next year in all-time wins, and we are not far behind. Remember, KU is where it all began - - including Coach Rupp.

rockemchalkemrobots 11 years, 6 months ago

Hopefully this presser answers the question on everyone's mind once and for all: vest or cummerbund? And slightly less important, but still pertinent: wrist corsage, shoulder corsage, or the darkhorse armband corsage? Come one Henry's, we need to know!

Ryan Sullivan 11 years, 6 months ago

HAHAHAHAHA!!! That's great rockchalk1984. Sadly, all the idiot UK fans bailed like a bunch of biatches and hos. Only the people who actually belong here will get to enjoy that remark.

JayJayPG 11 years, 6 months ago

KY_Cats1

3 championships in 5 years with Cal is just plain laughable...so is the assessment that Cal is the "best coach" in college basketball. The guy has had arguably the best recruits in the nation for the last several years with Memphis and he still couldn't get it done. Going to Kentucky won't change that. It won't make him a better coach or even a better recruiter. Seems like the most "knowledgeable" fans would know this.

RockChalkJayBlog 11 years, 6 months ago

I believe the first headline of this story said 11:15 am. without the Thursday attached to it

So I see why people thought it was today.

KUwishesItWasUK 11 years, 6 months ago

Rupp must have left for a reason!

And Kufankam You just showed even stats between UK and KU and then made fun of UK for having those stats, so aren't you also making fun of KU?

Easy to skew stats in your favor watch:

Last 30 years Kentucky is 9-5 against Kansas All time Kentucky is 19-6 against Kansas Kentucky has 2 titles in the last 13 years, KU only 1 Kentucky has 7 titles all time KU 3 Kentucky will be the first team to have 2000 all time wins next season. All you can say is UNC and KU will "probably" pass UK next year for all time wins.

Bryan Summers 11 years, 6 months ago

KY_Cats... you forgot something on your list... UK program established by Kansas U. graduate - truly confirming your pedigree

KUwishesItWasUK 11 years, 6 months ago

Rupp must have left for a reason!

And Kufankam You just showed even stats between UK and KU and then made fun of UK for having those stats, so aren't you also making fun of KU?

Easy to skew stats in your favor. . . Just watch:

Last 30 years Kentucky is 9-5 against Kansas All time Kentucky is 19-6 against Kansas Kentucky has 2 titles in the last 13 years, KU only 1 Kentucky has 7 titles all time KU 3 Kentucky will be the first team to have 2000 all time wins next season. All you can say is UNC and KU will "probably" pass UK next year for all time wins.

rcjh22 11 years, 6 months ago

Get off of our board you stupid Kentucky fan and go make some kids with your sister!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 11 years, 6 months ago

Any idea how good CJ is? We know Xavier is very good, but how about CJ?

Thanks!

pat1946 11 years, 6 months ago

Hate to see this Henry family jerking schools around! If, and looks like it will happen, they pick KU that is good. Being a Tiger fan I did not want to see them at UK under any circumstances. It would have been nice for X to honor his U of M committment, but he is supposed to be a "one and done: so no big deal. For C.J., give me a break. He is an injured baseball player keeping the bench warm as an injured basketball player, so who cares where he will be sitting. Why is he not on some school's baseball team warming their bench instead of taking a spot from another basketball player, no matter which school he goes to? Good luck with the Henry boys Jayhawks. I will be yelling for you when you play UK!!

RockChalk22GoKU 11 years, 6 months ago

really Kentucky dude...our "skewed" stats in our favor as you say were from recent years. Why are we going back 30 years when talking about X and CJ. Do you honestly think that X and CJ look back 30 years. X is quoted as saying he really knows nothing about Kentucky and that his favorite place to play is AFH. These two, if true, have made the right decision. Also Cal being one of the best coaches or the best, a joke.

KUwishesItWasUK 11 years, 6 months ago

Rupp is a Jayhawk huh?

Bill Self went to Oklahoma State,

Larry Brown and Roy Williams went to North Carolina. . .

So what are you trying to say? You only have one "real" national championship?

pat1946 11 years, 6 months ago

KY_Cats1 is a daydreamer! Hope those cats keep listening to Cal's BS. Just keep any of your signed recruits under tight wrap, Cal will try to steal them so he does not have to worry about the competition. Hope Memphis gets a chance to meet Kentucky at the big dance (if KY makes it) next year. KARMA is a MEMPHIS TIGER!

ICTjayhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

I find it funny that a UK fan got on here and said the Henry's should notice how quickly KU fans will turn on them, and that it doesn't happen in Kentucky. Should we go ask Coach Gillespy about the loyal fans of Kentucky and how they won't turn on their own?

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

ah, the UK wisher returns....

i have already stated that i have respect for UK and like their program (i think their recent hire was an horrible decision based on desperation). i was not posting those stats to say KU is so far superior to UK. so you are right, i was showing that the programs have been equal in the recent past. what i was illustrating, is that when you guys come over to a KU site to stick your chest out about your "elite among the elite's" program, you should realize most of what you boast is very outdated and you aren't any better than we are. but, since you bring up whether i am making fun of KU or not.... current status of the two programs are not even. we have won our conference the last 5 years and a national championship. we have a proven coach. we have PROVEN evidence that we are here to stay. UK does not have such luxuries. UK has not won their (weaker conference) as of late, has a suspect coach who has never coached at a big time school. most of all, there is no evidence to show that UK is going to succeed more than they have been. the coach you ran off after he led you to a title (smith) just took a mediocre gopher team to the dance while UK went to the NIT. oh the irony! again, the fact UK fans are even on our website just points to the reality that you all want to be where we are already at. the guy with the hottest girl doesn't go around to other guys and try to tell them about how hot she is-he just shows up to the party and everyone sees for themselves. you can keep telling yourselves (and us) how great you are. we have the luxury to sit back and just let our team show you everything we proud of.... for years and years to come. we have no need to go to UK boards and try to convince their fans of such things, the proof is in reality.

Chicago_JHawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Guess what, Jayhawks? We will NEVER win a stat war with UK! They are one of only a handful of schools that are arguably better, historically, then KU is. SO STOP TRYING - it makes us look ridiculous.

denverhawk134 11 years, 6 months ago

I am really wondering why UK fans need or want to post here. I read these comments everyday, it is all KU fans with ocassional mu and kstate fans talking trash, and that is why I am wondering if UK fans think they have a rivalry with KU or something?? I understand they are in the worst major conference for bball, their team has been down for some years now, and they probably don't have too many rivalries because of that. KU has major conference rivalries and those fans can talk trash, KU has historical tournament rivalries, like UNC and Duke. But why are they posting and talking trash over a recruit, this happens all the time? Please someone(hopefully KUwishes, or KY Cats) tell me what the rivalry or resentment is about. I have never had a problem with UK, there was the 150 to 95 thing a few years back, but that can't be all.

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

UK wisher,

you are just not getting it.... of course i acknowledge where self and larry brown came from. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY I AM THANKFUL TO OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE UNC AND OSU. my point to you this whole time is that i would never (and would hope other ku fans) go to those schools websites and try to rub in what our program has and make an a$$ out of myself by not recognizing what other programs have meant to our program. i understand that bill went to osu, i am thankful to have him and appreciate where he has been that has brought him here. so to all the osu fans, i see what a great privilege it is to have an osu alum be at KU. you however, come back and try to bite the hand that fed your program... again, it just points to your understanding your program as inferior at the current moment. i would rather just go on cheering for KU, respecting everything UK means to college basketball and never have to put up with ignorant (so called fans) such as yourself...

100 11 years, 6 months ago

Naismith, the inventor of basketball, came to KU. He stayed for 41 years as a professor. He started our program.

He recruited, by himself, Phog Allen.

Phog became coach, and coached guys like Dean Smith & Adolph Rupp. Rupp even learned from two of our favorite Jayhawks, Phog & Naismith, so be proud of it UK!

Bill Self coached at KU (in 86) before he ever coached at OSU as an assistant. His degree is from OSU, where he learned great things and met his wife (strangely in Lawrence) -- we're proud of him.

As for Roy, he was a coach for 15 years here and we're proud of him -- recommended by one of Phog's disciples, who coached Michael Jordan, Dean Smith.

As for Calipari, as of right now he has an ENTIRE year MORE coaching experience at KU than your school. That's right -- he coached here at KU for a year. He's been "coaching" at UK for three weeks.

We used to like you guys -- why all the animosity?

rawkhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

KU arguably has more tradition than any school, with Naismith being the first coach and and other tradition-rich schools like UK and UNC having many ties to KU. I find it both nerveracking and exciting when these elite programs play each other. Beating UNC last year and even having that game referenced so many times this year was sweet. Beating UK recently in the second round gave me a smile as did the famous 150-95 game.

I hope the rumors are true and I look forward to keeping the Henry family in the tradition of the Jayhawks! Should be a sweet team next year with the veterans and rookies and national coach of the year! Rock Chalk!

Andrew Moore 11 years, 6 months ago

chicago_jhawk,

We'll win the stat war eventually. If Self stays at KU then I'd say 15 years and we have UK caught in nat'l championships and wins. but as of now, they have us beat in the statistics game.

They came here and puffed their chests, but they have nothing to be proud of. They fired Tubby and Billy in the last 3 years. And for what?! Tubby is a great coach, he just had a hard time convincing kids that UK is a great place to be (Blue Mist? Is that some sort of phog rip-off, wtf). Billy didn't have time to get his system in b/c he didn't have his own recruits. If UK had such intelligent fans, they wouldn't have fired those guys. They wouldve given them a fair shake.

The Calipari hiring demonstrates their desperation to be on top. We, as KU fans should be proud that they choose to bother us on the message board. They're chasing us right now. They come after us because we're currently on top, and it really bothers those UK fans.

The basketball program at Kansas is the father of the UNC and UK programs, and thats a fact. I'm not talking about where Self went, or where Roy went. I'm talking about James Naismith and Phog Allen. Phog Allen taught Dean Smith and Adolf Rupp how to play basketball. He taught them how to coach basketball. Fact is, without Kansas basketball, there is no Kentucky or North Carolina basketball - at least not in the manner of which these programs exist today.

UK fans, you should take pride in your history and tradition just as we do in Kansas. But don't go around and puffin your chests out like you're currently on top of the game. Calipari was a desperate hire, but I think he'll be a good fit, I think the way you treated Billy was disgraceful and impatient.

alucard 11 years, 6 months ago

UK fans, I think we can both agree that we are incredibly blessed to be fans of two of the greatest basketball traditions in the nation. However, picking one over the other based on a few statistics is a pretty tough sell (I doubt you'd bring up the national title count on a UCLA board, but would you deny that you think your school's tradition is superior to theirs). It seems pretty ludicrous to base the success or failure of a season based on a one-and-done tournament, in a game where anyone can beat anyone on a given night. 3 titles in 5 years is unlikely, even for the best teams. Will Cal be a failure if he fails to bring even a single title to your school in his first few years, or a final four appearance for that mater? Will you be looking for a new coach in 3 years if this is the case and blaming his inability to socialize as the reason for being fired? Cut the guy some slack, you've already lost 2 good coaches to those asinine expectations. As far as Cal being the best coach and recruiter in the nation, I'll give you that he is absolutely one of the best recruiters. However, as a straight up X's and O's coach he's a few steps behind the best. With the recruits he brings in, his success in the past has been more because of their talent and ability to play ball and less from his ability to coach. It'll be interesting to see how he does in a major conference. It's fun to speculate though so I can't blame you, but only the future will tell.

KUwishesItWasUK 11 years, 6 months ago

Rawhawk do you consider 1989 "recently"? Because thats when it happend and you don't know what you are talking about. Everything you say is negated because you are a fake fan. . .

Listen to chicago_jayhawk, and stop talking about what "might" happen in 15 years. . . That is ridiculous.

Henry is gone to KU, Thats the only reason I came on here was to get the latest on that. . . I'm out.

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

100 and afmoore

i just have to say that i am extremely humbled as you articulated what i have tried to say for about 2 days now. difference is, your words and thoughts were perfectly placed. thank you for your posts.

UK fans, i gotta get back to work. if you all keep coming around here, just refer back to 100 and afmoore's posts as they say it all!

LAJayhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

I don't quite understand why so many of you choose to take on the trollers. You do realize that commenting back actually gives them power right? That's the whole purpose of trolling.

The Simpsons had a Tree House of Horror episode in which advertisements around town came alive when Homer stole a giant donut from the Big Boy statue. Eventually they discovered that with advertisements if you just don't look, they cannot hurt you. So they all turned away and the advertisement monsters fell to the ground and died.

Ahh, The Simpsons. Is there an allegory they cannot tell?

jspawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Our incoming recruiting class coming is national championship contender all by itself check this out:

Elijah Johnson CJ Henry Xavier Henry Thomas Robinson Jeff Whithey

WOW! Can you say depth!

HaiL2ThAjHaWkX 11 years, 6 months ago

Anyone have any info on what lance plans to do. I feel for the kid, he really wanted to be here more than x(glad we are getting him) but it is what it is. Would we still be able to land him? I don't think so but I'd have a heart attack and I'm 22 and run everyday

keith horinek 11 years, 6 months ago

Gary, Please use another picture of the Henry Brothers, tomorrow! That picture has been used for three days in a row. Look for another one, please! I will believe this news when I see it in print and they have actually signed papers. And where's Lance, we can squeeze out another scholarship for him if we tried. Let's see how many UK people will be on here tomorrow if the Henry brothers do choose KU.

rges 11 years, 6 months ago

Dont get me wrong... i am happy they are coming. I really hope they dont come in here with the diva attitude with all of the national attention that they have gotten lately. Following Xavier it doesnt seem like he is that kind of player but you never know. In recent memory i cannot think of a team that will be as deep as KU will be next year. What do you guys think this will do to Brady's playing time? I really enjoy watching they way he plays.

BabyJay2009 11 years, 6 months ago

Interesting...a posting from Zagsblog:

"My sources tell me he is still considering Kansas even though the Henry Bros are attending. They tell me that is where he really wants to be, but he needs to think about not being the man and having to share top billing."

Just imagine...if this is even still a slight possibility!! Thoughts?

BabyJay2009 11 years, 6 months ago

Interesting...a posting from Zagsblog about Lance's status:

"My sources tell me he is still considering Kansas even though the Henry Bros are attending. They tell me that is where he really wants to be, but he needs to think about not being the man and having to share top billing."

Just imagine...if this is even still a slight possibility!! Thoughts?

vmwskywalk 11 years, 6 months ago

You UK fans should stop inhaling that blue mist. It makes you sound like a buch of idiots.

100 11 years, 6 months ago

As a six man, Rupp also won two national championships (especially that undefeated 1923 team) at KU. Years before he ever won a title at UK.

He even said it himself -- probably the best learning he ever had in coaching.

Eric Schneider 11 years, 6 months ago

"Rupp left for a reason"

He sure did genius. it's called Phog Allen who was only in his 30's at the time.

Kentucky couldn't even be successful in a pathetic SEC last year. Do you honestly think a coach and a couple of freshman are going to make that big of a difference in one year? We are adding Henry to a team that has every regular player from a Sweet 16 squad returning. So if you think your Mildcats can take us, bring it on. Besides. I don't know if you've noticed, but Calipari has a habit of getting knocked out of the tournament by Big XII teams.

kupark 11 years, 6 months ago

If Henry picks KU, he will be one of the least likable recruits in years for me. I wish Bill Self had the guts to tell Henry (both brothers) that once you spurn KU, you don't get another chance to come back. And, I think Bill Self should've done so considering Lance was there. But, I guess the pressure of winning trumps all.

The reason I'm not a great fan of Henry (as of now) is due to his family. Their latest lie to the media: Yesterday, it was reported that distance from home will not be a factor in the decision. Now, Barbara wants them to stay close to home. Give me a break! As I had said earlier, Henrys could simply stay quiet. But, no, they've to play the media and get as much air time for themselves.

And, I hope X is penciled in behind Mario Little on the depth chart at 3 position when the season starts, and then Mario is given every chance to start and show how good he is. He basically sacrificed a year of eligibility for the good of the team and played mostly hurt.

jayhawkinnc 11 years, 6 months ago

Kansas has made 20 straight NCAA Tourney Apps. Kentucky has not. Kansas made 3 Final Fours since 2002. Kentucky hasn't made ANY Final Fours in the last 11 seasons.

EAT IT KENTUCKY FAN!!

jayhwkr77 11 years, 6 months ago

Alright Kentucky fans, you guys have a great program and a lot to look forward to with Calipari the next couple of years.

But seriously, getting on another team's message boards and doing what you guys are doing is something I would've done in like 7th grade. Do you guys not have a website to comment on? I'm a pretty realistic person and you guys are embarassing yourselves.

There's no reason for anybody to even comment on them just let them be.

HaiL2ThAjHaWkX 11 years, 6 months ago

anyone know as of yet who's on our non-conf schedule next year

Chicago_JHawk 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm happy to have them on board, but until they suit up, I won't be completely comfortable. Regardless of what they say tomorrow, neither X nor CJ are bound to KU at all, since no LOI is involved. They could change their mind again at any time...

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

kupark: X is not going to play behind Little on the depth chart and to say that Henry is unlikable because of all of this recruiting drama is extreme in my opinion. You are acting like a little girl who was second choice at the school dance. And who are you to give Bill Self advice on what to do concerning the KU basketball team? Give me a break! If you want to hate on the Henry brothers, hey, to each his own...but don't come off as so righteous as to believe that you know what is better for the Kansas basketball program than Coach Self...

Jason Roberts 11 years, 6 months ago

HaiL2ThAjHaWkX - The only team I know of that is on our schedule will most likely be the game of the year: a home game against Michigan State.

I have a feeling the selfish dream of Henry and Stephenson will need to be shelved. There's not enough room in the backcourt to justify having those two PLUS Taylor, Morningstar, Reed, Releford and Little. Lots of depth but not a lot of playing time It's a good bet that once Mario recovers from his injury he will be given the opportunity to vie for the starting 3 position along with Henry.

Matt Gonzo 11 years, 6 months ago

I don't like what I read in the Katz column on ESPN. He states:

--Xavier Henry, ranked No. 3 in the ESPU100, initially chose Memphis and then-head coach John Calipari over Kansas in the fall. He signed with the Tigers and can't sign two national letters of intent, so technically he's not bound to Kansas either.

So even if Henry announces tomorrow he is coming to KU, he can back out anytime after if he wants. After this past month with the wishy washy talk, it doesn't feel right. With that in mind, Bill Self will not be able to make comments regarding his commit. I believe the rule is coaches can't speak of individuals unless they are committed by a signing. I would love to hear Self talk about the situation. I grew up watching Carl play as well. He was amazing as I'm sure Xavier will be amazing to.

Rock Chalk Jayhwk

Chicago_JHawk 11 years, 6 months ago

shockjay - where did you hear we have a home game against MSU next season?? Last season's game in East Lansing was a return game for the 2003 game in Lawrence, unless they signed a new deal.

kansaspike 11 years, 6 months ago

KU Park

Would you tell Kirk Heinrich the same thing after he de-committed to Iowa St. and Tim Floyd?

nope.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

on the LOI: that is true, X cannot sign another LOI from what I understand. But once they announce in the conference... whatever they announce... I would be shocked if they did a u-turn after the PC. I know this has been a three-ring circus but I think whatever comes out tomorrow (assuming the PC happens) will be the way it will go down.

Steve Brown 11 years, 6 months ago

welcome all Kentucky fans to post- we love diversity. Certainly you are one of the premier programs in the country. Your tradition, record and fan base is unique in the sport. Leaders' used to be Kansas, Kentucky, St.John's, Carolina, Oregon, OSU Iba. Then johnny come lately: Duke and UCLA arrived on the block. Others came and went Marquette Houston Georgetown but the core remains the same. We love teams with great tradition. Let's hope we can schedule the cats on a home and away maybe in Sprint Center CBS Sunday in late December or early January each year. Kentucky: you are great (or have been) but remember, we are the vine you are the branches.

Blake Post 11 years, 6 months ago

looking good. thankfully the girls crying about being sick of them taking their time were not heard.

UK is a fine program made famous by a KU guy, just like NC. It was dominant... which made it so ecstatic when we planted 150 on them. We will be happy to do so again if you wish. Nothing they could even say could bother me. Championship 08 just made everything true blue. Bring on all the nemesis... duke, uk, syr, ucla whatever.
I never minded NC cuz Dean did his thing there and sent us two great coaches, and I'm happy with our coach now. It will be fun to see more of what KU accomplishes with Self. Been waiting for sons of KU Players. I like Morningstar and expect to really like the Henry brothers. Like Wilt said, Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Scott Smetana 11 years, 6 months ago

Darn, it's over already?? Now what am I going to to everyday but check kusports.com every hour.

I'm not celebrating until the announcement is made. I'm sure CaliCheesy is raising some last minute dollars to add to hic package.

kupark 11 years, 6 months ago

TexasHawk44: Like I said, pressure to win trumps all....so, Bill Self probably did the right thing. But, I guess I'm more idealistic (I know that's not good in the real world). And, how would it be 'righteous' to believe I know better about KU basketball. 'Arrogant'? Yes, you can say it's 'arrogant' for me to think I know best about KU basketball, even 'stupid' of me. But, where did you get 'righteous'??!!

kansaspike: It's all this drama and lies that made me think that Bill Self should have stopped recruiting X and signed Lance. I don't recall all this drama and media lies from Kirk and his family.

Either the Henry family is very stupid and can't communicate amongst themselves or the Henry brothers don't like to talk striaght to their parents or they play the media. How is it that one day you say one thing and the next day it's the complete opposite? Heck, Carl Henry changed his story about X not going to UK in a couple of hours. Me thinks they like air time and feel important. Compare Henry's family to Lance's and see what I mean.

This is what irks me and others who have called X 'diva'. I didn't use this word, though.

RockChalkMoFo 11 years, 6 months ago

If X signs I would be surprised and we still get Lance. If Lance has had an offer on the table and KU was his first choice why would he not sign? Is he scared to compete with X? Does he not want to share top billing? Did Self pull or hold up the offer?

I doubt Self would pull an offer from a kid and if Lance is really born ready I can't see him not wanting to compete with X for the 3 spot. He knew he would not have top billing anyway, we already have the BMOC's Cole and Sherron.

If we do get X, he is the guy that will improve this team and make an impact. Comparing clips and clips and clips of X and Lance are both dominant HS players but when X takes to the rack he throws it down with authority most of the time, when X hits a three its a jump shot. Lance is more of a slasher and finishes with a finger role most of the time, his outside shot is a hop, not a jump he does not elevate, maybe cause he didnt have to? I would say X is more athletic and likely to excel at the D1 level whereas I'm not sure about Lance, I think he is an excellent overpowering HS player, but not sure how well he'll do at the D1 level. I've always thought X will turnout to be the better player.

It would still be nice to compare them playing side by side with a Kansas on there chest, but I don't see that happening. If by miracle Lance still signs with us after X (if he does) I will give him props for wanting to play for a winner and his confidence to compete for the 3 spot.

RockChalkMoFo 11 years, 6 months ago

I meant if X signs I would be surprised if we still get Lance.

Viggo3003 11 years, 6 months ago

Wow I have a whole new appreciation for Xavier after watching this little highlight reel. Might have been posted before but I had never seen it, impressive.

http://feeds.newsok.tv/services/player/bcpid4659235001?bctid=19343188001

Tyler Daniels 11 years, 6 months ago

excellent, to bad I can't watch the press conference tomorrow! I hope those sources are right, because if they are...Rock Chalk Championship 2010!!!!!

Jonathan Kealing 11 years, 6 months ago

All- We're working to stream the press conference live here on KUsports.com tomorrow morning. Make sure you check back. We're pretty sure we'll have all the bugs worked out.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

Jason Roberts 11 years, 6 months ago

The recruiting soap opera doesn't end just yet. John Wall's eligibility may be at risk...

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=541257

jtran240 11 years, 6 months ago

kupark: Texashawk has a point (I think he means you're acting self-righteous). You're basing the character and intentions of the Henry family off of snippets of news. Just because they said they won't base their committment on distance does not mean their mom can't want them to stay close to home. How is that contradictory to want your kids close to you? Yeah they may be some big-headed "divas" or they might be some famous, talented kids that are caught up in the middle of a coaching change. We can't really tell by reading stuff on the internet and hearing news clips every now and then. The point is you should get off that high horse of yours and quit talking about them like you know who they are.

Ron_Kellogg 11 years, 6 months ago

It has been reported that Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson asked Calipari how much money he wanted to stay at Memphis, and that Calipari's reply was, "You don't have to give me anymore. It's Kentucky." Tomorrow, we shall once again hear that familiar refrain, those immortal words - "It's Kentucky."

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

Ron_Kellogg Go back to the UK board where you belong. Don't bring that name or that negative crap to this board.

Joe Baker 11 years, 6 months ago

The Phog welcomes the Henry's, once again!! X marks his spot in Lawrence. Welcome guys and thanks for the possibilities. Now BabyJ what's this about Lance still considering KU? Who are your sources? I find that very interesting and SICK all at the same time. Again, only one scholly, unless Reed takes an academic or Self takes Brady's scholly sacrifice.

BabyJay2009 (anonymous) says... Interesting...a posting from Zagsblog:

"My sources tell me he is still considering Kansas even though the Henry Bros are attending. They tell me that is where he really wants to be, but he needs to think about not being the man and having to share top billing."

Just imagine...if this is even still a slight possibility!! Thoughts?

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

yes, i meant "self"...sorry for the typo. trying to close some business while keeping up with the news today. My bad. But really what I am saying is: chill out.

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

ku park...

i think one thing to consider in all of this is who is responsible for all the drama. X, CJ and Carl are getting the brunt of the blame. i think this is unfair. i don't know that they have been lying as much as they have been miscommunicating. people are pointing out that they are soaking up all this media attention but i just don't see it. what is happening is that they are getting phone calls every hour for status updates and they are just letting people know where they are at. it would be difficult for any family to try and stay on the same page when 4 people are in 4 different cities over two weeks. now, i would agree (and i think carl would as well) that "no comment" should have entered into the picture after a certain point. nevertheless, the reality is that in all their interviews or comments, you could tell that they were sick of it all as well... but it wasn't like they were calling up all these media outlets to give em a heads up. they simply answered the phone and tried to be honest. i don't blame the media outlets all that much either. we are kinda the ones to blame because we are so interested in it all. the difference in something like this now as oppose to hinrich is that we did not have the accessability we do now via internet to have up to minute blogs, boards and so on. if you go back and listen to carl speak or read his quotes, it is clear he was just ready for it to end and be able to quit getting calls. this family is not the drama queen, limelight seekers they are being made out to be on here. sure it was a circus.... but they only carry part of the blame for it. the other part goes on us and the media and internet. thus we have created the world in which we live in. gotta love it and hate it.

Matt Gonzo 11 years, 6 months ago

Ron Kellogg and Calvin Thompson were rocking incredibling long FG's before the 3pt line was created.

Don't degrade the Kellogg name :)

Joe Baker 11 years, 6 months ago

Xavier Henry, ranked No. 3 in the ESPU100, initially chose Memphis and then-head coach John Calipari over Kansas in the fall. He signed with the Tigers and can't sign two national letters of intent, so technically he's not bound to Kansas either. - Andy Katz

Uh, Andy! Correct me if I'm wrong...but weren't they released from their LOi ? Where has this guy been? What's his hang up? His coach isn't getting the billing and players he can foam over? Hey Katz...better get used to it, the Henrys are KU bound and KU will win the NC, not your greedy Hollywood coach!!

Rock Chalk

LAJayhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

kufankam,

Oh heavens no. You are blaming the sweetly innocent general public for the media-crazed saga? You're trying to suggest that we all feed this fire? That the server-destroying amount of ad-revenue increasing clicks and comments the LJW gets when they post the tiniest piece of simplistic, irrelevant information regarding Henry, Stevenson or Wall increases the mania as the LJW is a business continually looking to improve their bottom line?

Preposterous!! :)

You are, of course, exactly correct.

People call paparazzi scum while snatching up endless amounts of tabloid-filled magazines, internet sites and TV shows.

They complain about pornography while the billion dollar industry thrives.

They suggest that professional athletes make too much money as they sit in their $250 seats wearing their $195 jerseys eating $10 hot dogs and drinking $25 beer (or paying for their $200 sports pack on TV).

And they call this recruitment process a "circus" as they continual refresh the screen on the 12 blogs they have up on their browser hoping to find out what brand of facial tissue Xavier used to wipe his nose with.

Personally, I know I'm part of the problem. And I'm fine with it. Keep the "circus" coming.

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

truehawk....

chalk this one up to the NCAA... but Katz is right. for whatever reason, a recruit is only allowed to sign one letter of intent. so even though he has been released, he will not be officially a part of KU until he enrolls in classes.

truefan 11 years, 6 months ago

I hope this is true. Keep KU in the family Henry's.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

point is don't come in posing as a KU fan while posting negative stuff while using Kellog's name. Not cool. You are right, mgonzo182, Kellog and Thompson were terrific Jayhawks...

Ron_Kellogg 11 years, 6 months ago

Carl and I played together at KU a couple years. I know him. Believe me - "It's Kentucky."

STLJHawk86 11 years, 6 months ago

I read that an NCAA athlete can only sign a letter of intent with one school (even if they are subsequently released by the school they signed with) and since X and CJ have previously signed letters of intent they cannot sign another one. (see 5th paragraph of this story: http://newsok.com/xavier-c.j.-henry-pick-kansas-over-kentucky/article/3363602?custom_click=lead_story_title) If so, it seems that tomorrow's news conference doesn't necessarily mean anything other than indicating their plans at that moment in time and this soap opera may not yet be over?!?!

Does anyone remember whether Tyshawn (or others) actually signed a letter of intent with KU after being released by his (their) original school or did he (they) merely verbally commit?

BabyJay2009 11 years, 6 months ago

Truehawk93: I got that from a posting on Zagsblog. Not sure of that person's sources, but interesting thought though, IF tomorrow's PC favors KU.

IF the Henrys go with UK, then we can expect Lance to head on down to KU.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

Now stuff is too ridiculous. We have had Xavier Henry himself on here posting and now KU great Ron Kellogg. How blessed the rest of us internet goofs are to have such esteemed company and such all knowing company. When do Bill Self, Danny Manning, Larry Brown and Adonis Jordan join the fray? Scooter Barry? you out there? LOL!

STLJHawk86 11 years, 6 months ago

whoops my bad on the post about signing a second LOI - missed the earlier posts

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

Katz is right. But again, I don't think if X and CJ announce something tomorrow that they are likely to backtrack on it later. These kids are not bad people like some of you haters seem to think.

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

re: the letter of intent issue

from what i have heard (from what i consider credible sources), is that the way the players are solidified at the second school is simply by enrolling at that particular school. so if they (X and CJ) were to go to lawrence in the summer and take classes, then book it!!!

bdubbya 11 years, 6 months ago

Just a couple of things: 1. Don't forget a young man from a couple of years ago who woke up in the middle of the night before his press conference from a dream/vision that told him where to go to school. 2. For all of you Xavier bashers, how many times have we actually heard from X? We see articles titles, read blogs, viewed the news from the experts, and heard from Carl, but how many comments actually from X?
How about we all just send good vibes to Xavier and C.J. as they sleep tonight and then welcome them unanimously tomorrow when they commit? And I, for one, will accept their verbal as a commitment.

Marcia Parsons 11 years, 6 months ago

Along with enrollment they also have to sign a scholarship agreement, don't they?

Greg Lux 11 years, 6 months ago

Well... I am just glad it will be over by noon tomorrow .. FINALLY ( I hope ) ... I just want the kids how have already chosen KU to get there dreams to come true. They are the future of our program. No matter if we get another player we are a great team and I cant wait for Midnight Madness and the start of the 2009-2010 season... This is going to be fun to watch we should be FAST and balanced. This will truely be a special team I pray we stay healthy and play to our potential. Jayhawk fan we are in for a treat, a very special treat.. Let's enjoy it to the fullest.

quill_46 11 years, 6 months ago

wow! i see a lot of mad Kentucky fans posting in here. You really didnt think you were going to get the henrys did you? come on they want to win a national championship real quick and not have to wait a few years at Kentucky.

100 11 years, 6 months ago

For those still trying to cause a three ring circus, it's official.

  1. He called Cal Tuesday night to confirm it.

  2. CJ had a meeting with Memphis' coach yesterday and confirmed it.

  3. ESPN has confirmed it.

  4. FoxSports has confirmed it.

Let's move onto something more interesting -- like Roy getting flipped off by Pitino in 1989.

Or perhaps Coach Self's latest dealings -- you know he's not done yet. He lives for this part of the job -- he does this great stuff every year it seems, and every year we are more amazed than the previous.

Coach Self rocks the chalk, plain & simple

So who is he on the phone with now? (because we know how much Roger M. supports the Jayhawks, as much as we do, and we know what "can" happen if the right recruit wants to come).

So why not build for 2011 while he's at it? (he's the best recruiter/ coach in the nation, strike while it's hot, it's REAL hot right now)

100 11 years, 6 months ago

Lance knows who to call if he still wants to come get a ring (or two).

Still room.

XavierHenry 11 years, 6 months ago

I tried to tell you guys I was coming to KU.

AaronHawk19 11 years, 6 months ago

Time for the UK fans to move on. You have a great HISTORY, but that is all you have right now. A decade without a final four, while other top programs like UCLA, UNC, and Kansas all at least have three in that time frame does not give these kids a feeling UK is so elite anymore. These recruits were in second grade the last time UK played on the final weekend. Cal is has ZERO titles and why on earth UK fans think he will win three of the next five with programs like KU, UNC, MSU, UConn, not taking any steps backwards is way beyond me.

Enjoy your history UK, go read a book on it, 2010 just like 2008 is Rock Chalk time!

rawkhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

A few things I'm loving at the moment: 1) My brother used to live in Lexington and expressed frustration at the ignorance of UK fans, especially with regard to the UK-KU tie of Adolph Rupp. I generally don't like generalizations and I should assume there are some intelligent UK fans out there (as well as some not-so-intelligent KU fans--please don't get so worked up over this recruiting drama that you cease to root on players such the Henry's...). However, "KUwishesItWasUK" is playing in to the ignorant UK fan stereotype. UK's second round lose to KU was recent----2007. I'm loving the return of the KU-UK rivalry and I'm guessing this will be a constant the next couple of years. Another KU fan that I know lived in Lexington and got so fed up that he painted a huge Jayhawk on his truck... 2) Cole and Sherron return to KU next year! 3) Coach Bill Self--you da man! 4) Welcome to KU, Henry brothers! As your father can attest, KU is the most tradition-rich school and has the best fan base! 5) Can't wait 'till 2009-10 basketball season :)

Joe Ross 11 years, 6 months ago

Yes, Xavier and his brother are making the right decision.

This is the right decision because the Henrys have a shot at a title at Kansas. Its the right decision because Xavier fits in with the personnel better. Its the right decision because Coach Self (coach of the year) will prepare him for the pros better than Cal (who blew it when he was there). Its the right decision cause the Henrys will be more appreciated at Kansas. Its the right decision because Kentucky doesnt offer anything that Kansas cant. Its the right decision because Kansas is not a program in transition.
Its the right decision because Kansas is the most storied and hallowed program in the Nation. Its the right decision for a lot of reasons, but most of all...its the right decision because its HOME. Welcome back, Henrys!!!!

mjlindsm 11 years, 6 months ago

Somebody please slip a sedative in Xavier's protein shake tonight. We don't want any Darrell Arthur-like dreams. (joking of course -- mostly)

mjlindsm 11 years, 6 months ago

No more scholarships. Roger Morningstar is not going to give money to KU in order to guarantee his son's playing time goes down. Just be happy with Xavier and get ready for fall.

FairgroveJayhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

drgnslayr good points.

I'm sure recruiting will continue behind the lines but I don't agree with any player "giving up" their scholarship for a better recruit. I still haven't seen any quoted words from any player or parents speaking along such lines.

Jack Wilson 11 years, 6 months ago

Let's get greedy. Wall would be the perfect fit: Collins, Wall, Henry, Mc. Morris, Aldrich; off the bench Taylor, Johnson, Mk. Morris, Little, Robinson.

Let no one forget we have the best coach in the country. Wouldn't trade him for anyone.

Joel Hood 11 years, 6 months ago

Ron_Kellogg,

I knew Ron Kellogg. Ron Kellogg was a friend of mine. You sir, are no Ron Kellogg (you are a troll.) Truth be known, my wife had a major crush on Ron Kellogg back in the day. 1986 would have been a NC if the three line was around. Kellogg and Cal Thompson from 20, all day long.

Jeffery Barrett 11 years, 6 months ago

Only one thing is missing from this discussion................................. jaybate? Are you there, jaybate?

EnviroHawk7 11 years, 6 months ago

You know what would be awesome? If a lot of us (in our free time) went to UK Basketball site and dogged on them constantly.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

let's NOT be greedy. we have a killer team with X coming on board and this is still Cole and Sherron's team. We don't need a herd of OADs. If you greedy kids want a PS3, XBox 360 and Wii all shoved into the same stocking then you might end up with a stocking full of coal. And hey, we already have a stocking full of COLE and SHERRON. Plus 2 terrific recruits coming in with Robinson and Johnson. Plus an excellent transfer at 5/4 in Withey. Taylor and the Morris boys will be much improved this year as well.

Anybody asking Morningstar to give up his scholarship is dead wrong. Brady earned his free ride with blood and sweat last season. I don't care how much money his dad has. That kid earned his jersey. Whether he sees much time next year, I don't know. But he deserves to be respected.

We do have the best coach in the country and instead of him creating a log jam for this season, he is already lining up subsequent classes.

If X verbally committs tomorrow, let's be happy that we got our fiver-star wing player that we truly needed and get ready for a very exciting season of KU basketball

I don't know about some of you, but I for one was going to pleased if we got either X or Lance to play the wing for us. It appears that we did. BE HAPPY...JUST BE HAPPY...Jeez...

rcjh22 11 years, 6 months ago

OMG!! I noticed that too. Where is jaybate?!?!?!? Where is his 50,000 word analysis of every little detail of what's going on??

Best poster of the day is whoever is XavierHenry

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

sgtjb123 : the best thing about this day has been the apparent news that X and CJ are coming to KU. the SECOND BEST thing about this day is that your friend Jaybate has been absent. It has been like a degree of peace and sanity have been restored to the earth...please don't summon....

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 6 months ago

I predict that Jaybate will be at the Henry's press conference on Thursday morning and will be ejected following a question that took fifteen minutes to ask. Thus, his noticable absence from tonight's comments.

jaybate 11 years, 6 months ago

Oh, jeez, TayhossHawk.22short is lurking again.

Missed your Smearaholic meeting again, eh?

(Sigh)

I will help you back on the wagon this one time. You're not quite binging again, but you're close.

Get a cup of coffee and a cigarette. Wipe the sweat off your brow. Its going to be alright.

Now, repeat after me one hundred times:

I'm TahossHawk.22short and I'm a fake Jayhawk. I sit at my computer at night in the nude in the centroplex. I am lonely. I look longingly at a picture of Rick Barnes head taped onto the body of the late Heath Ledger. One day, when I get through my 12 step program with jaybate, I am going to introduce myself to Rick Barnes and tell him how much I think about him and how much he means to me.

Now drink your coffee. I don't think you're going to have to go through the DTs for this small transgression.

EnviroHawk7 11 years, 6 months ago

Even if we get Henry, he's not gonna start because Bill Self doesn't run that way.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 6 months ago

Drgnslayr...My source in Lawrence who I can't reveal [ my brother..oops, I was never good at this covert ops thing]...anyway, my brother is good friends with a number of Jayhawk player alums. The word is....

Bill is still trying to get Lance to come out..the Morningstar offer is on the table and the Lance camp is actually thinking it over. If this does happen, I think Travis and Tyrel may have to redshirt, just because they would be wasted for a year.

Just think of the possibilities. Coach Cal's head would explode...and think of the Memphis crowd. From the greatest recruiting class in NCAA history to middle of the pack CUSA!!!!!

My greatest fear is that just at the last moment, X and CJ pull out UCLA caps and yell "Surprise!!!!!"

EnviroHawk7 11 years, 6 months ago

True, good point. Now I feel like an idiot. I do though want to see a KU vs. UK game next season.

rcjh22 11 years, 6 months ago

It's ok EnviroHawk7. We all want to do it but have enough character not to become something like Kentucky. WE ARE KANSAS

rawkhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

EnviroHawk7, I agree that Henry will have to earn his starting position, but, from what i've heard, Xavier is the real deal and will likely be a starting and major contributor next year. This should help the rest of the team, taking the heat off Cole and Sherron and allow the other players to have their "shining moments" as well. I'm excited.

rcjh22 11 years, 6 months ago

X - My brother and I have decided to go to..... UK!! HAHA We got you all! You should have never believed a source from Memphis!

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

drgnslayr...

from what i have heard, anytime a player is let out of their LOI, the next school they go to only solidifies it once the athlete enrolls. someone else made mention (and is prob right) that there would be some sort of scholarship agreement for the year. that, still though, would come when the athlete enrolls at the school and is filling out all the paperwork for the campus business office.

once they enroll, they are then bound in the same way as any other scholarhip athlete. so hopefully, they will move up there this summer and enroll for classes that way we don't have to sweat until august : )

jaybate 11 years, 6 months ago

For the ten millionth time, if getting a job for Carl were not driving this process, then there can be no question that X comes to KU.

Regarding CJ, who knows? He probably can't maximize minutes at KU, but he can play on a potential ring team. And except for UNC, he's not going to find an equally stable program to plug into. So: I guess he comes to KU, too.

Carl? I still wonder about him getting a job at whatever school his sons attend--a job annouced at a decent interval after they sign.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 6 months ago

EnviroHawk7-Xavier will not start in the non-conf. games, but In January you know he'll not be on the bench when the ball is tipped. Bill is a stand up guy when it comes to PT and starters. But, he also knows that to ignore skills like Xavier has and the potential for a short stay in Lawrence, he will have to insert him along with Sherron and Cole if he wants to live up to the expectations that will now be loaded onto his shoulders in 09-10.

dmg97102 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm reiterating alot people on here, but KY_Cats wrote: "The greatest home arena in hoops with 23,500 fans cheering you every game"

Too bad that arena is named after a KU grad. In fact, the 2 "top" programs of all-time have their arena named after KU grads.

Thanks to UK and UNC for honoring KU's contribution to modern college basketball as it exists today. (And don't forget...thanks to Phog Allen for inventing the NCAA tournament either)

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

not to take away the good news that we hope to hear tomorrow but...

i have been chewing on something and wanted to hear some thoughts from others. did anyone else see the article where X was asked about the clause that let him out of his LOI. it was very interesting to me that he said he didn't know it was possible and that Calipari was the one who thought to put it in for him. it just makes me wonder. i am not saying that Cal knew UK would open up and he was planning for an entire relocation of these kids. however, it does make you think? did he do that so X would not be tied down or did he do that in the event that something like this happened, he could re-recruit him?

Eric Schneider 11 years, 6 months ago

kufankam-

Calipari always puts that clause in. He did it at UMass as well as Memphis. The reason being, he was always looking to move to one of the elite programs. I wouldn't be surprised if he stopped doing it now that he finally got his dream shot.

Brett Glover 11 years, 6 months ago

Lets start another discussion, What do you think our record is going to be. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannddd GO!!!!!

rubadubdub1320 11 years, 6 months ago

I've heard that there's a 50/50 chance that we might get Henry, Wall, and Stevenson because Reed and Morningstar were going to trade their athletic scholarships for academic ones. While I find this hard to believe (Stevenson mainly, I thought the whole point of him waiting was so he could go somewhere else if Xavier commited to KU) but I wouldn't mind seeing Wall in Crimson and Blue. While it may be a long shot, could u imagine a starting 5 of Collins, Wall, Henry, Aldrich, and one of the Morris Twins with Taylor backing up Collins, Morningstar, Reed and EJ alternating wings, and a frontcourt rotation of Withey Morris 2, and Robinson. Gives me the goosies thinking about it.

Brett Glover 11 years, 6 months ago

Jaybate, I recall Carl saying that he didn't want to work at the school his kids attend, he just wants to watch them play college basketball...

Lance Hobson 11 years, 6 months ago

I am in Manila so I think I'll go get a $6 massage to celebrate! Oh wait, maybe I'll just wait until the press conference, or even until they show up for summer school.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 6 months ago

Strikewso.....Cripes!!!!!!!

Is it like yesterday where you are?????? What is it Lawrence time and congratulations...I think you win the distance award. [Unless Soobawls is texting from Mars again!!]

Let's all take the high road with X and CJ and truly believe they will be Jayhawks. The thought of them changing their minds before enrollment is almost poisonous..but I reiterate my agreement with Drgnslayr, I thnk HCBS should go full out on Lance. Lance needs KU to give him his best shot at being a good man as well as a good player.

I am in St.Louis so I am trying to figure out a way to get the press conference on the intercom so this building full of Misery fans can agonize in KU glory!!!!!

FairgroveJayhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

I gain some security with the Henry recruiting process this time because this is the first time Mrs. Henry has been mentioned in this whole ordeal. You know if momma ain't happy, nobody's happy. Call me crazy.

jhawks 11 years, 6 months ago

Hey KY, get lost or I'll give you a "warming sensation" on your face.

We hung 150 on you!

2010 National Championship is looking pretty nice. I love Coach Self.

CatsCatsCats 11 years, 6 months ago

You ku fans clearly don't know how to handle success. Win one title and you think you own the sport. Yes you dominate the big 12. The big12 has 5 titles and 3 of them were over 50 years ago. The sec has won 5 of the last 15. Even in a down year last year the worst sec team, Arkansas won AT Oklahoma and Texas. Truth is your conference is a joke and you won 2 titles in 57 years! You seriously need a reality check. Once cal lands wall, uk will have this years top class, and there is already talk of his 2010 and 2011 classes being "legendary". You have a nice program but seriously, Florida has as many titles in the last 4 years as you do in 57 years!

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

Ah, you are back. did they get internet access back up and running at the prison?

kufankam 11 years, 6 months ago

cat cat cat....

our conference is a joke? what was the highest ranked sec team last year? lsu? tennessee? did you guys get like 3 teams into the tourney? and how are we suppose to give validity to anything you say when you do stupid things like emphasis "AT" referencing two games that anyone with a brain knows were not played at OU and UT but rather, were played in Fayetville. Get a clue.

Joe Baker 11 years, 6 months ago

FairgroveJayhawk (anonymous) says... I gain some security with the Henry recruiting process this time because this is the first time Mrs. Henry has been mentioned in this whole ordeal. You know if momma ain't happy, nobody's happy. Call me crazy.

I was thinking the exact same thing. His momma will WHOOP his butt if he backs out! So the signing will be final when he enrolls this Summer. Not too bad!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

Joel Hood 11 years, 6 months ago

cat cat cat,

Yes your program has such a storied history: - 1950s - point shaving - 1960s - Jim Crowe recruiting policy - 1980s - money to recruits and almost get NCAA death penalty - 1990s - run off coach to NBA only to have him return to Louisville - 2000s - run off your first African American coach ever (perhaps a return to 1960s?) - 2000s - hire a very good coach and fire him two years later, just as he starts getting his recruits in (just because he doesn’t glad hand alums to your satisfaction) - 2000s - hire the slickest used car salesman in the biz (perhaps a return to the 1950s is coming?)

Think I will stick with KU. Inventor of the game. Father of basketball coaching. AFH one of the top two college arenas today (gotta give props to Cameron.) More conference championships than any D1 school. And most of all – we don’t worry about future impropriety from HCBS (go ask that of a UMASS fan.)

No doubt Cal will win at KY. Just tell me what it feels like to sell your soul for his OAD factory.

A coach needs to do four things: Recruit, develop talent, game coach, & keep the program clean. Bill Self brings all 4 to KU. Cal brings 1 (maybe 2) things to UK.

shoedee 11 years, 6 months ago

Assuming this all happens at 11:15, Xavier comes to KU, ... I've got to get something off my chest that I've been thinking about for a while now but no one has seemed to address.

Calipari leaves Memphis and goes to UK, supposedly he is therefore at one of the great "traditioned" schools and will be able to duplicate the recruiting and coaching success he had at Memphis ... but wait, ... not so fast.

These high caliber recruits went to Memphis for a reason... yes to play for Calipari, but there seem to be some other factors in play as well. For one, Memphis has some tradition but not the kind where over the years there have been heart-break losses late into the tournament and a love-hate relationship with a particular school. So for example, as a KU grad, I don't like Duke because they beat us in 1986 and 1991. Of course, we beat them in 1988 and 2003. Think about our rivalry with Carolina from 1957, 1991, 1993 and last year. Even apart from Roy coaching at UNC, I had a bad taste in my mouth from 1993 and in reading about the triple OT loss in 1957.

Here's my point, I think it is nearly inconceivable for Xavier to play at UK because in one respect, to spurn his parents' alma mater and the school he grew up loving, for Memphis isn't really that deep a cut. However, for a KU legacy to spurn his parents' school for a UK or UNC or Duke is almost inconceivable... not just for us but for X as well! It's like the thought of a KU legacy in a UK uniform is like seeing Tom Brady in a Colts uniform. It's like a kind of psychological block to go to a UK when you've been bred as a KU guy your whole life. Memphis was a school with some tradition and has been in some big games over the year but not nearly to the extent of the UKs, UNCs and KUs.

For another, I always got the sense we lost a few recruits to Memphis, if for nothing else because of the diversity of the city of Memphis. A kid from the city might have more draw and feel more "at home" in a place like Memphis. Of course, city kids have come to Lawrence only to fall in love with the place because of how great L-town is to them. But if a potential recruit has any reservation going to KU because of it being in a small town or midwest, how much more Lexington!!! The deep south is much further removed from, say, Chicago or NY city, than the midwest.

All that to say, I think while Calipari might be at a great traditioned school, he might have a harder time getting big-time recruits to come to Lexington as he did to Memphis. While Calipari would have had the best recruiting class in Memphis, since maybe the fab 5, the jury is still out just how just many high caliber guys he will be able to get to UK. Whew! I got that off my chest.

KGphoto 11 years, 6 months ago

My favorite classy Kentucky fans moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anwl5AU5zZE&feature=related

Hahaaa! Oh man. The Gatorade. The field rush. The players crying. So good.

I mean, what the hell were you guys thinking? Hillbillies!

JayhawkCasey 11 years, 6 months ago

Kat, If only winning championships makes tradition, then sorry you are still not the most tradition rich school. Get a clue and look up the def of tradition. Championships just add to the tradition.

Chris McIlvain 11 years, 6 months ago

I wish I could get back the time I just wasted reading Shoedee's comment - get a life man!

shoedee 11 years, 6 months ago

APDJayhawk ... why are you sticking it to a fellow Jayhawker? Not cool. Keep your guns aimed at the enemy not your allies.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 6 months ago

shoedee: i agree with APDJayhawk. That entire post made no sense to me.

mbaadte 11 years, 6 months ago

thanks for the lack of volume on the mics guys

Aligned 11 years, 6 months ago

What a crappy feed. Could it be any worse?

jaybate 11 years, 6 months ago

TayhossHawk.22short,

Repeat after me...

My name is Texashawk44 and I am on a smearing binge again. I keep trying to go straight, but I am human and I sin. I make lots of polymorphous perverse prison references, which, I confess, means I have done time myself and am continuing to struggle with the after effects via fits of projection. But my mentor, jaybate, will catch me every time I stumble on the Smearaholic 12 step program and he will brew me a cup of coffee and say, "Its okay, TayhossHawk.22short [that's what he calls me when he gives me my tough love that I need so much right now], you are a fake Jayhawk, but a real person, and Smearaholics never gives up on anyone willing to put themselves in the hands of a higher power."

Now, stand up in front of your monitor, tear down that picture of Rick Barnes, put your clothing on, and start your day, son.

Your ever faithful mentor,

jaybate

LPH_hawkfan 11 years, 6 months ago

Sure wish i couldve heard him say that he was going to Ku. Couldnt hear anything. He did say KU right?........lol.

bballpurist 11 years, 6 months ago

Congrats Ku on winning the 2010 championship. In a George Costanza "opposites" moment, we are doomed now...

BabyJay2009 11 years, 6 months ago

Lance - we would love to have you join the "Dream team"!!

Seriously, we have to believe that Lance, his family and other close/trusted advisors are all logical people like us. They make rational decisions that maximize their goal: win a NC ring next year AND also be with the right coach that WILL prepare him for the NBA.

Again, assuming that these 2 objectives are PARAMOUNT in Lance's analysis as he makes his next move, it would make more sense and more advantageous to him to go w/ KU. The only "cost" (if you want to call it that) to L is that he'll have to be a team player and share. Ok, last time I check, the NBA is ALL about team chemistry and team goals and reaching those goals as a team. I don't see any other costs other than this. If this is all we can think of for the cost for L to go to KU, it just seems to me that it is an extremely weak one and totally contrary to his desire to prepare for the big League!

Keep in mind, many fans/analysts would appear to agree at this point that X is a locked-in OAD. L is more likely back for 2nd yr (more likely than X??). This means, L, would have all the "spotlight" his 2nd yr.

Lance, com'on over to KU. Fear not. Think it through. Be rational. You'll be a great team player @ KU. Coach of the Year Bill Self and his staff will more than prepare you for success in the NBA!

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