Lance Stephenson's Attempt to Get Back at Kansas

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

CORAL GABLES, FL - APRIL 01:  Lance Stephenson #1 of the East Team lays the ball up over Avery Bradley Jr. #11 of the West Team in the 2009 McDonald's All American Men's High School Basketball Game at BankUnited Center on April 1, 2009 in Coral Gables, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

This has been a very upsetting week for Lance Stephenson, a very highly recruited guard from Brooklyn, New York.

At the beginning of the week, he was a lock to become a Kansas Jayhawk. But the tides shifted when John Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky, and Coach Cal's top recruit, Xavier Henry, started looking at different schools.

Henry, also a guard, signed with Memphis but has decided to leave based on Calipari's departure and may become a Jayhawk as soon as tomorrow.

This upsets Stephenson, as he has a strong desire to become a "one-and-done" player. Xavier's change of destination makes Stephenson unsure about how much he will play.

Stephenson is so rattled that he has talked to Kansas State and might think about going there just to get back at Kansas.


This may seem hilarious, but trust me, it's true. I for one think that Stephenson is overreacting in a major way and needs to learn that life is at times unfair.

Lance's actions unfortunately reaffirm the reason Kansas coach Bill Self would rather have Xavier Henry: character.

Stephenson has been arrested and has a very negative attitude. He is one of those players that wants to be a one-man show.

Henry, on the other hand, has a much cleaner slate and is quite frankly the better player. Plus, Henry's brother C.J. is likely to transfer to Kansas as a result of his brother's change of mind and is a walk-on that won't have to sit out a year.

According to, Xavier Henry is the No. 3 prospect of '09, while Stephenson is No. 9.


You've got to feel bad for Stephenson a little bit. He has had a rough week, and if he goes to K-State, Bill Self and the rest of the Jayhawks will be ready for him.

Meanwhile, next year's Kansas team looks to be a good one, and if Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins stay, it could be great. They'll have tons of depth and could match the National Championship team of a year ago.