/ Kansas vs Baylor
April 3, 2009
By Andrew Baker
Top recruit Xavier Henry has still not decided on a college.
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The carrot still dangles. It would be nice to get this recruiting saga to an end. The players at KU are treated like Kings, the players that go elsewhere...good luck. Not to be mean, but Kansas is the best venue with the most dedicated fans in the country. Think about it. How about a new perspective...make a big impact at an elite school. Might be a stretch for a kid out of high school.
Give the kid some time to think.
The Calipari thing was thrown upon him, and his entire future is surrounded by a whirlwind of speculation, possibilities and anxious fans and alumni. I really feel for this kid.
Let's look at the situation. I have read a number of people on this site who say "decide already!" or something similar to that statement. Well, the fact is Xavier ALREADY came to a very difficult decision about who to place his very, very lucrative future in the hands of, and that decision was completely ripped apart right in front of him. Everything he thought would be in place has changed: the coach is gone, the top player at the school is leaving, the other top recruit who he has grown close with may be bolting.
So I ask of all of you who seem to expect this kid to make this immensely important life altering decision in the blink of an eye, put yourself in his shoes. He's an 18-year-old kid. What did you think when you were 18? And when you were making decisions at that age, did you have the entire sporting world awaiting which way you would spit out your toothpaste in the morning?
Xavier Henry is in a difficult position. He already passed on the University of Kansas which he made clear was a difficult decision to make. Then his coach took off, and his brother is stuck as a student facing the "sit out" period if he transfers. Imagine how hard it would be to go back and say, "you know what Coach Self? I would like to play for you after all" when there was a different place and a coach that you thought would originally be better, AND with the possibly leaving your brother behind. Add to that the fact that your father is talking publicly about how you want to play for Kansas, and this whole situation is intensified.
While I envy Xavier Henry's immense talent, I do not envy this position he has been thrown into by no choice of his own. So all I can say is:
Give the kid a break.
Please, Jayhawk nation, give the kid a break.
Let him figure out what he wants to do. Then, understand the decision, whatever it may be.
Because he's a kid. And this isn't a video game.
Even though it sometimes seems that way.
The only way in which this situation resembles a soap opera is that there are little to no developments on a daily basis. Let's stop sensationalizing it. I mean, the title of the last article was that they were in no hurry. Is it really newsworthy that they meant it?
The guy,s a flake if he really wanted to come to KU the greatest university he would have done so in the first place.he would have not chosen memphis over KU in the first place.let him go to memphis or uk and see how much playing time he get,s he,s all ready said he,s one and done let KU get somebody on scholarship that will hopefuly
stay the entire time or at least 3 yr,s.
Pls give the young man and his brother a break...their world has been turned upside down, allow them to sort out their priorities and what is best for them. If it includes us in some part, then great, if not, we continue to wish them the best. It doesn't seem that it includes Kentucky or Memphis at this stage.
Things have a way of happening for a reason, they both 'almost' committed to KANSAS, now they can, perhaps with a potential 'sit out' year for CJ which they wish to avoid if possible. I'm sure when they sign to attend here, we'll appeal formally to the NCAA for CJ to be able to play, then we'll get a ruling one way or the other.
For now, let the dust settle I trust coach to protect what's best for KANSAS from what I've seen so far, don't all of you also trust coach.....
chazbone61: you are what gives fans a bad name... what a donkey. You are probably the same guy who screams at his kid during little league... Calling out an 18 year old kid as a "flake" because he made a decision to keep his family together in one city for his one year... Let me repeat: you are a donkey. Maybe you are the kind of person who doesn't give a crap about his family's desires or needs. I am sure you are also the kind of person who would not take advantage of the opportunity to be an instant millionaire...What a joke you are. What a terrible attitude. Go root for Mizzou! There are plenty of bonehead losers like you in Columbia!
It'll come down to whether CJ can transfer and play immediately and/or who is hired at Memphis as head coach. Those are the factors; Carl has said UK is eliminated from the mix. I really don't care at this point. Getting Henry or Stephensen would be great, but these guys are one and done and that is their motivation and what is really on their mind. It will be interesting to see how this ends.
Memphis is getting nobody as a head coach. Probably will be Hamilton from FSU. Not exactly a stellar hire. Personally I think that Memphis should hire Billy G. -- he is a lot less greasy and dirty than Johnny C. And he is probably the best available coach out there that they could legitimately have a shot at.
I think it is more likely that it comes down to whether X breaks off from the idea of playing with his brother. CJ will appeal to the NCAA but it is unlikely they will know the outcome before X commits to somewhere. CJ can stay and play at Memphis if the appeal does not work or he will transfer with his brother. From all I have read, X is truly a legit 1 and done, so CJ sitting out a year will likely not get him on the floor with his brother.
X wants a stage to showcase his talent, get lots of TV time and build up his draft status and make a deep run in the tourney and maybe win a National Championship. KU gives him that. That is exactly where his head is and should be. He wants to position himself as a lottery pick. We don't know whether he will or can but clearly that would be what he hopes for.
To talk about not wanting 1 and done or 2 and done kids in today's recruiting world is kind of naive. It is simply reality. You hope to get a mix of really solid 3-4 year kids that can fit your system and produce and mix in high impact 1 and 2 and done kids and put the parts together. I personally believe we have as good as it gets when it comes to Coach Self.
Let's hope we pick up X or Lance and have the right parts to make a run next year.
For what it is worth on the debate (not that there really should be -- it is pretty clear) of who is better, X or Lance. DraftXpress has X listed as the #5 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Stephenson is not list anywhere in the first 2 rounds. Not to say that won't change. That list changes every week. Does that mean Lance could be more than a 1 year player? No, but i hey, thought it was interesting. Again, I would be thrilled with either of them. Especially X since Carl is already family.
The hardest part of all of this for the families of these players is that it is officially a "no contact" time. So if the kids are dying to make an immediate decision, they must contact someone in Self's office.
This is all the more interesting when you watch the YOUTUBE clip of X and Cousins sitting there before the McD game. X was asked if Self had contacted him.
He said no (you could tell it was honest).
Both were then asked if Calipari had contacted them. X said no, Cousins finally, after grinning sheepishly, admitted he had been contacted by Cal (and talked to him) saying,
"I have my connects"...
It really makes me wonder who else UK's new coach is contacting during the no contact time...
Thanks donkey 44
Hey 44 you shouldn,t call me your family names
If you had the chance to play for the AP Coach of the Year, who's team is predicted to have an extremely strong chance of winning the title next year, would you take it?
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