Nice Coup for Coach CalPosted by rtmsf on August 27th, 2008
Memphis coach John Calipari got some great news recently when former Kansas recruit and New York Yankee minor leaguer CJ Henry decided to return to college at Memphis this upcoming season to play basketball. From the Sporting News:
C.J. Henry said Tuesday he is enrolling in classes at Memphis and will join the Tigers for the 2008-09 season. His contract states the Yankees will pay for his college, so he will be a walk-on for coach John Calipari at Memphis. It will be Henry’s first competitive basketball season in more than three years. He is 6-3 and was a successful high school player with big-time college ambitions before turning pro in baseball.
So why is news about a walk-on important?
Come on, Coach Cal… Get Excited!!
Well, because Henry’s brother is superstud class of 2009 recruit Xavier Henry, a 6’6, 210-lb shooting guard with deep range and the ability to aggressively finish at the rim (Rivals ranks him #3 currently). In other words, the type of 1-and-done player who could orchestrate another deep run by John Calipari in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Guess who his final two schools are…
Kansas and Memphis.
Somewhere John Calipari is toasting himself with a snifter of brandy in one hand and a cigar in the other.
Check the kid’s lefty game…