Jordan Brand Classic Recruiting Reconnaissance
The final play of the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic, played Saturday at Madison Square Garden, typified the recruiting season for a couple of high-profile schools.
With time running out, John Wall fed Xavier Henry for a last-second three-pointer.
The game's announcer, ESPN's Jimmy Dykes, called it thusly:
"Wall to Henry...if we ever hear that again, they will be teammates at either Kentucky or Kansas."
Wall looked like the talented player that everyone has been raving about. His speed and quickness was compared to Derrick Rose and Ty Lawson throughout the game.
The best dunk of the night (and there were several great slams) was Wall taking off from the right wing and throwing down with his left hand.
Henry scored 11 points in the game and showed he has the talent, body, and shooting touch to go inside and out.
In simultaneous pregame interviews by ESPNU's Quint Kessenich, Wall and Henry were both asked about their highly publicized recruiting situations.
Wall, ESPN's No. 5-rated overall player, stated that he would be visiting Miami University this week, and after that, he planned on narrowing his list down to three or four schools and picking a school "sooner or later."
He's currently entertaining offers from Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Baylor, Florida, and Miami.
Henry, ESPN's No. 3 player, was asked about a supposed scheduled visit to Kentucky on April 25 and 26, but he said that he had not set a date as of yet.
He did state, however, that he intended on visiting the campus at some point and looked forward to being "blown away."
Kansas and Kentucky remain the only two schools in the hunt for the man they call "X."
Another unsigned player making noise at the game was local hero Lance Stephenson.
But he was snubbed and not selected for the team, despite playing on the McDonald's All-American squad. He was in the crowd at the game and could be seen at halftime kicking it with R&B artist Fat Joe while Akon thrilled the crowd.
"Sir Lance Alot," as he is known, is a New York City prep legend from Brooklyn. He broke Sebastian Telfair's all-time New York State scoring mark earlier this year and is thought to be close to deciding between Kansas and St. Johns.
In the post-game breakdown from Dykes and co-host Bob Wischusen, the two talking heads commented on just how much weight the decisions by Wall and Henry would have in the 2009-10 season.
They agreed that if both players choose to go to either Kansas or Kentucky, the Wildcats will enter the year as the consensus preseason No. 1.
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