Hanging in the balance: A look at Memphis and UK recruits

April 1, 2009 

  • McDonald'sAll-American Game

    When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

    Where: Miami

    TV: ESPN

    Of note: Memphis commitment DeMarcus Cousins will play for the East squad, and Tigers signee Xavier Henry will represent the West.

Coach John Calipari was set to welcome the No. 1 recruiting class in the country to Memphis next season. The class included McDonald's All-Americans DeMarcus Cousins and Xavier Henry, and Calipari was still recruiting John Wall, who is considered the best high school point guard in the country. Cousins has yet to sign with the Tigers, and the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported that the four other players in the Memphis class signed an addendum in their letters of intent that would release them from their commitments if Calipari left the school. Here's a look at the Memphis and Kentucky recruits for next season:

Memphis recruits

DEMARCUS COUSINS

Status: Committed to Memphis; not signed

Position: Forward/Center

Rivals: No. 2 overall, No. 1 PF

Scout: No. 6 overall, No. 2 C

Last school: LeFlore High (Mobile, Ala.)

Height, weight: 6-9, 245

2008-09 stats: 24 ppg, 13 rpg, 5 spg

JOHN WALL

Status: Uncommitted; Memphis on short list

Position: Point guard

Rivals: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PG

Scout: No. 2 overall, No. 1 PG

Last school: Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)

Height, weight: 6-4, 175

2008-09 stats: 21 ppg, 9 apg, 7 rpg

Note: The top uncommitted player in the country, his short list includes Memphis, Duke, Baylor, Kansas, Miami (Fla.) and North Carolina State.

XAVIER HENRY

Status: Signed with Memphis

Position: Shooting guard

Rivals: No. 3 overall, No. 1 SG

Scout: No. 4 overall, No. 1 SG

Last school: Putnam City High (Oklahoma City)

Height, weight: 6-6, 210

2008-09 stats: 28 ppg, 7 rpg, 3 spg

Note: ESPN's top-rated recruit for the 2009 class; his brother is a freshman point guard at Memphis.

NOLAN DENNIS

Status: Signed with Memphis

Position: Shooting guard

Rivals: No. 47 overall, No. 11 SG

Scout: No. 46 overall, No. 10 SG

Last school: North Richland Hills (Richland, Texas)

Height, weight: 6-5, 185

2008-09 stats: 21 ppg, 10 rpg, 3.5 apg

WILL COLEMAN

Status: Signed with Memphis

Position: Power forward

Rivals: Unranked (4-star recruit)

Scout: Unranked (3-star recruit)

Last school: Miami Dade Community College

Height, weight: 6-9, 230

2008-09 stats: 10.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 5 bpg

Note: Junior-college player has two more years of eligibility.

DARNELL DODSON

Status: Signed with Memphis

Position: Small forward

Rivals: Unranked (4-star recruit)

Scout: Unranked (3-star recruit)

Last school: Miami Dade Community College

Height, weight: 6-8, 180

2008-09 stats: 16 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 34 percent three-point shooting

Note: Junior-college player has three more years of eligibilityKentucky recruits

DANIEL ORTON

Status: Signed with Kentucky

Position: Center

Rivals: No. 22 overall, No. 3 C

Scout: No. 12 overall, No. 3 C

Last school: Bishop McGuinness (Oklahoma City)

Height, weight: 6-10, 260

2008-09 stats: Missed regular season because of knee injury

Note: After Billy Gillispie's firing, Orton's father said he would "wait and see" who the next coach would be before making a decision.

JON HOOD

Status: Signed with Kentucky

Position: Guard/Forward

Rivals: No. 32 overall, No. 7 SG

Scout: No. 36 overall, No. 8 SF

Last school: Madisonville (Madisonville, Ky.)

Height, weight: 6-6, 185

2008-09 stats: 29 ppg, 13 rpg

Note: After Gillispie's firing, Hood's father said he would wait for UK to name a replacement before making a decision.

G.J. VILARINO

Status: Signed with Kentucky

Position: Point guard

Rivals: Unranked (3-star recruit)

Scout: Unranked (No. 30 PG)

Last school: McKinney (McKinney, Texas)

Height, weight: 6-0, 160

2008-09 stats: 20 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 apg

Note: After Gillispie's firing, Vilarino's father told the Herald-Leader he would "be surprised if G.J. would want to be anything but a Wildcat."

KONNER TUCKER

Status: Committed to Kentucky; not signed

Position: Shooting guard

Rivals: Unranked

Scout: Unranked (1-star recruit)

Last school: Lon Morris Junior College (Jacksonville, Texas)

Height, weight: 6-2, 175

2008-09 stats: 16.2 ppg, 3 apg, 42 percent three-point shooting

Note: Junior-college player has three more years of eligibility

KYRYL NATYAZHKO

Status: Uncommitted; Kentucky on short list

Position: Center

Rivals: No. 75 overall, No. 9 C

Scout: No. 69 overall, No. 10 C

Last school: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Height, weight: 6-10, 250

2008-09 stats: 24 ppg, 9 rpg

Note: Short list includes UK, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Xavier, Florida State and Miami

ERIC BLEDSOE

Status: Uncommitted; Kentucky on short list

Position: Point guard

Rivals: No. 67 overall (No. 12 PG)

Scout: No. 73 overall (No. 8 PG)

Last school: Parker High (Birmingham, Ala.)

Height, weight: 6-0, 160

2008-09 stats: 20 ppg, 11.5 apg, 9.5 rpg

Note: Short list includes UK, Duke, Florida, UAB and Rutgers

Ben Roberts

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