Rumors: John Calipari to Kentucky, John Wall to Kansas

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 21:  Head Coach John Calipari of the Memphis Tigers looks on from the sideline during their second round game against the Maryland Terrapins in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 21, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Terrapins 89-70.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It looks more and more like Memphis head coach John Calipari is headed to Kentucky. The contract has been reported eight years at $35 million.

Calipari has been very successful at Memphis, leading them to the National Championship Game last year, and then to the Sweet 16 this year, before losing to Missouri.

If this comes true, we may see a chain reaction at Memphis. The Tigers have commitments from two of the three top recruits (Xavier Henry and DeMarcus Cousins) of 2009 according to, so with him leaving, would that cause them to look elsewhere?

The No. 1 recruit John Wall (who has not committed) is down to Memphis and Kansas. If Calipari leaves, Kansas should get the point guard.

Kansas has already received a commitment from Elijah Johnson, a point guard, but I am pretty sure Bill Self will make room for the extremely-talented guard from Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Jayhawks are already waiting to see where No. 9 recruit Lance Stephenson will go. Stephenson has said he will make his decision tomorrow. Stephenson is also a guard from Brooklyn, New York.

If the Jayhawks somehow get both Stephenson and Wall to go with five star recruit Thomas Robinson, they would be a huge force next season.

I doubt the Jayhawks will get both Stephenson and Wall. The Jayhawks will have three new guards on next year's team to go with Tyrell Read, Brady Morningstar, and possibly Sherron Collins, if he stays. That is a lot of guards.

Then again, it looks very realistic the 'Hawks get them all.