Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Xavier Henry the latest top 10 recruit to have trouble deciding where to go to school

With Lance Stephenson landing at Cincinnati, you figured the recruiting drama involving the class of 2009 was over, didn't you?


It started with this post from a Kentucky sports blog about a month ago. Was Xavier Henry really considering backing out on his commitment to Bill Self and Kansas? Carl Henry immediately squashed those rumors, saying both his sons were committed to Kansas and would be wearing Jayhawk blue next year.

Then rumors started popping up that Xavier was considering following the Brandon Jennings route and spending his post high school year in Europe, but those, too, were squashed by Pops (apparently, Xavier had offers of $1 million for a season, but Carl didn't want him to go because he didn't know where he would be playing ... wait, what?).

This all seemed like an internet rumor gone crazy. You know, one of those things that makes people hate blogs.

But then Carl Henry decided to do an interview on the "Chris and Cowboy" show on 610 AM in Kansas City. Apparently, Xavier wanted to go to Kentucky all along:

If it wasn't for his momma saying that 'I would not go to Kentucky, I would not move down to Kentucky,' Xavier would have been at Kentucky. He would have been at Kentucky. So Xavier says, 'I'm going to go to Kansas.' Even though that's what he wanted to do is go to Kentucky, play under Coach Cal. That's what he wanted to do. I expressed this to (Kansas) coach (Bill) Self. I told him.
Now, it seems as if Momma doesn't want to be the deciding factor in where her two sons (Xavier and his older brother CJ) go to school:
So guess what? Kid might have a change of mind. That's what I tell coach Self. If he has a change of mind, so what? So be it. He had a change of mind.
Andy Katz picked up on it, and now it seems as if this "rumor" has been certified a "report". Bill Self and Danny Manning went to Oklahoma City to meet with the Henry's on Tuesday night, and many expect a decision to be made by Wednesday. Remember, since Xavier signed a LOI with Memphis (before being released when Coach Cal left for Kentucky), and since you can only sign one LOI, there is nothing keeping Xavier from having a "change of mind."

Needless to say, Kentuckians are going crazy over this (here are some posts: Strait Pinkie, A Sea of Blue, Kentucky Sports Radio, Kentucky Ink, AllKyHoops).

With Jodie Meeks staying in the draft, a lot of minutes have opened up as Kentucky does not really have a true two-guard on their roster. Kentucky also still has a scholarship available, and since CJ is getting his education paid for by the Yankees (who drafted him out of high school), both brothers could theorectically play.

A line-up of John Wall, Xavier Henry, Darnell Dodson, Patrick Patterson, and DeMarcus Cousins, with guys like Eric Bledsoe, Jon Hood, Daniel Orton, Perry Stevenson, and other coming off the bench sounds pretty damn imposing. There could be as many as six first round picks in that bunch.

Kansas would still be loaded. Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich, Tyshawn Taylor, and the Morris twins still make up a potential Big XII champ and Final Four contender. But Xavier would provide the Jayhawks with a potent scoring punch on the wing, something that they would not have on their roster should he head to Lexington.

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