With Coach Calipari Leaving Memphis, Does Xavier Henry Go To Kansas?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  Head coach John Calipari of the Memphis Tigers reacts to a call during play against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Ford  Center on March 20, 2003 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The Sun Devils defeated the Tigers 84-71.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

We sit here just before the Final Four, and the offseason drama has already begun. It has been confirmed by ESPN that John Calipari has accepted the head coaching position at Kentucky.

And with Cal leaving the Memphis Tigers, it looks like some of his recruits will look elsewhere.

Xavier Henry, who was previously committed to Memphis, just gave an interview in which he pretty much said that if Calipari leaves, he will choose a new school.

Looks like someone's back on the recruiting block.

The school that Henry will most likely be going to, as of now, is Kansas. He originally had his choices narrowed down to Memphis and Kansas and chose the Tigers due to family ties.

Should Xavier, the No. 3 national prospect according to Rivals, now opt for the Jayhawks, Kansas coach Bill Self will welcome Henry with open arms. And who knows, maybe his brother C.J. will come as well.


Other top recruit that may change his mind now is DeMarcus Cousins. A 6'9" forward ranked No. 2 nationally by Rivals, Cousins (like Henry) originally signed with Memphis specifically to play for Coach Cal.

But with the man he wanted as his mentor leaving, Favors will most likely be looking at other schools. Two interested at this point are North Carolina State and Kansas State.


The list of Memphis' potential coaching replacements looks to be short: Right now, only Mike Anderson of Missouri is on it. After taking his Tigers to the Elite Eight, he is a hot commodity.

There have been reports that Anderson could be getting up to $3 million per year at Memphis. I don't know many people that would pass on that offer.

Coaching changes that have already conspired this week have been very entertaining, and I cannot wait to see what happens through the rest of the spring and summer.