Calipari is Going to Lose Some, Win Some

04.22.09 8 years ago 25 Comments


When John Calipari decided to leave Memphis for Kentucky, he was doing so realizing that there was a possibility that his superstar-studded recruiting class wouldn’t remain intact. He retained top big man DeMarcus Cousins right away, getting him to sign with the Wildcats. But it looks like he’s going to fall to Bill Self with premier wing, Xavier Henry.

However, his loss of Henry wouldn’t be the end of the world for UK nation if he can pull the superstar of the Nike Hoops Summit, John Wall, on board.

Though Wall spent time with Coach K today, and will end up visiting Miami this weekend, the top prospect is expected to be leaning towards the Wildcats.

As charismatic as Krzyzewski might be – and Wall’s confidant Brian Clifton indicated that he laid out an incredibly impressive speech to the Wall family – the results in recent years speak for themselves. Calipari produced the No. 1 pick, who is now having great success against the world champion Celtics as a rookie, while Coach K produced a guy who might go play football at Michigan.

Wall said that he’s going to trim his list from eight schools down to three or four by Monday. If it turns out that Calipari’s recent trip to Raleigh, N.C. within the last 24 hours to see Wall’s Word of God teammate C.J. Leslie only nets a commitment from Leslie, and Wall bolts for the Blue Devils, it will be a huge disappointment. Though the possibility of getting Cousins, Henry and Wall on the same team is no longer, it would still be unreal to have Cousins, Wall, big man Daniel Orton, wing Jon Hood, and some of the other talent still on the UK roster.

The other big development from these decisions is that Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson will have to choose between St. John’s and Maryland with Henry taking that scholarship offer at KU. Gary Williams visited Lance’s house within the last couple of days. He might have been assuring Born Ready that Terps PG Greivis Vasquez is going to stay in the NBA Draft, thereby allowing Lance to play an even bigger role in College Park.

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