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Xavier Henry Chooses Memphis

Posted by Marcus on November 19, 2008

One of the top uncommitted players in the 2009 class has been Xavier Henry (6’6″,SG/SF,2009), but that’s no longer true as Henry has decided to play his college ball at Memphis. The recruiting battle had come down to Kansas and Memphis, with Henry finally deciding to go with the Tigers.

Henry’s brother C.J. already is a freshman on this season’s Memphis team.

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Xavier Henry to wait until Spring

Posted by Marcus on November 7, 2008

Xavier Henry (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2009), who by all accounts is waiting to decide between Memphis and Kansas, will wait until spring to make his decision, similar to Derrick Favors. Naturally, Memphis fans think this benefits Kansas, while Kansas fans think this benefits Memphis. I think it really just benefits Xavier, and that’s all that matters.

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Basketball Recruiting Notebook

Posted by Marcus on October 12, 2008

Oak Hill will play Patterson school in a scrimmage this coming Tuesday (Oct 14) at the Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir, NC.

Derrick Favors to visit NC State

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009) will visit NC State on the weekend of October 18, continuing to give the Pack a shot at landing him.

Thomas Robinson moved by Kansas rings

Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009) says that what clinched his decision to commit to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks was the ring ceremony he attended:

“To meet all the pros who came back for that ceremony was big. I felt it was home for me, seeing all the special players there,” Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., said Friday morning.

He was referring to Jayhawks Jacque Vaughn, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Wayne Simien, Darnell Jackson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, as well as assistant coach Danny Manning, who all have NBA experience.

This is a huge recruiting advantage that schools like Kansas, UCLA and UNC have. Going to a UNC late night event, you will see Stuart Scott, or maybe even Michael Jordan. I sat two rows behind Julius Peppers a couple of years ago, and at a Wake Forest football game two weeks ago, Tim Duncan was on the sidelines (along with former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom). Kansas and UCLA also have so much star power that it really makes an impression.

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Kansas Basketball Recruiting Lands Thomas Robinson

Posted by Marcus on October 11, 2008

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self won a recruiting battle with Memphis (a battle that seems to appear more and more) by landing Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009), an athletic player who should add rebounding to the Jayhawks.

Robinson, who also held offers from Miami (FL) and USC, had visited both campuses before making his decision.

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Xavier Henry Interview

Posted by Marcus on October 5, 2008

Memphis fans are hoping they can will the recruiting battle for Xavier Henry (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2009), which seems by all indications to be settling into a showdown between the Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks, even though UNC is still listed as an option by Henry. In this video interview with Henry, he talks about his current recruiting status:
Xavier Henry Interview

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Orton names Kansas and Kentucky

Posted by Marcus on September 25, 2008

Looks like the visit to Kansas went well. Daniel Orton (C, 6’10”, 2009) has thought to be leaning towards Kentucky for some time, but following his visit, stated that Kansas and Kentucky are his leaders.

Orton is also considering Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

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