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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Prep chooses Memphis

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Latavious Williams, a 6-foot-7 basketball forward from Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas, on Tuesday chose Memphis over Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Georgetown and Florida International.

The five-star recruit is Rivals.com’s No. 17-rated player nationally in the Class of 2009.

“With Memphis, it is close to home where his friends and family can watch him play, and coach (Josh) Pastner has been recruiting Latavious from day one,” Scooter Owens, Williams’ AAU coach, told Rivals.com.

New York prep sensation Lance Stephenson remains the only remaining five-star player still uncommitted. Florida is making a late bid for the 6-foot-6 Stephenson, who is also considering Maryland, Arizona and Memphis.

Comments

Andy Hess 10 years, 8 months ago

and how does this involve Kansas AT ALL? because he didn't choose KSUck? i agree, eastTX. YAWN

Jaminrawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Lance Stephenson just needs to go overseas. Far, far, far away where no one has to see his drama in the papers for a year.

stravinsky 10 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if Williams hasn't watched the news and doesn't realize that Memphis isn't a projected top ten team anymore.

truefan 10 years, 8 months ago

I hope Stephenson goes to Maryland, it is always nice to watch Maryland beat Duke and UNC.

justanotherfan 10 years, 8 months ago

If Stephenson goes to Memphis, that's still a pretty strong squad that they would have.

SoCalAlum 10 years, 8 months ago

Lance is probably going to play for Riker's Island (that's an NYC joke)...and, as we all expected, it was just reported that Coach Cal threw three Kentucky players under the bus, I mean, three players decided to leave the program.


“I appreciate coach Calipari and the staff being truthful with me,” Stewart said in a statement.

Calipari was out of town and unavailable for comment, but assistant John Robic said it was a mutual decision between Stewart and the coaches.


How convenient....

100 10 years, 8 months ago

Well at least Calipari didn't steal this last five star guy from Memphis. What a nice thoughtful Coach. With nice guy moves like this, I suppose he's trying to back the NCAA off from an almost certain...

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Ervin O'Neal 10 years, 8 months ago

Memphis is headed to probation

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=4210798&campaign=rss&source=NCBHeadlines

Calipari will do for UK what Sampson did for Indiana - nothing but lower the institution's reputation.

jaybate 10 years, 8 months ago

The difference between Coach Cal and his staff deciding it is time for three of their players to move on and Coach Self and his staff deciding the same for two players is this: Coach Self has an Okie Baller Mafia that absorbs his excess players (e.g., Q Thomas going to Lon Kruger at UNLV), where as Coach Cal just has to throw them over the side of the boat with a life jacket. I wish the NCAA would make a really firm rule that says players get four years and running them is illegal. And what would really be great is for a program to be allowed two mistakes at any given time; i.e., two players can be on scholarship at any given time that coaches and players have mutually agreed to part company. The two mistakes, i.e., players that did not pan out, are kept on scholarship, but do not count against the 13 allowed scholarship players. But until then, Self's Okie Baller Mafia approach works pretty well for players. And mafias always emerge when the system is doing an inadequate job of providing for the security of a community of persons.

waywardJay 10 years, 8 months ago

UK fans are trying to put out the flames.....

It's making more flames.....

They should know what bourbon whiskey does to a fire in Bourbon Country...

waywardJay 10 years, 8 months ago

by the way.... I learned a lesson.... if you are legitimately trying to Converse on the Kentucky WIldcats board...... DO not EVER EVER suggest anything other than their biggest dreams realized...or else you will be Blocked.... and then smack talked behidn your back.....

Jaybate.... We must, and I do say MUST...teach them to respect thier daddies.... SOON......

Jason Roberts 10 years, 8 months ago

STL_Jayhawk - One disturbing aspect of this possible probation for Memphis is that Memphis received the notice of allegations on January 16, just months before Calipari bolted for Kentucky. What a shame.

Trey Hohman 10 years, 8 months ago

The history of the free-throw shot might make for an exciting musical. That is, if you get the right choreographer of course.

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