On Thursday, Oklahoma City shooting guard Xavier Henry, a former Memphis signee, committed to Kansas. The Jayhawks were long thought to be Stephenson's favorite, but Henry's commitment leaves KU without another open roster spot.
Don't expect Lance Stephenson or John Wall to be talking about Kansas anymore.
Bill Self isn't. He said Thursday that he is done recruiting the 2009 class.
"For this year, it looks that way," Self said. "We can really focus in on the young underclassmen."
I have reported all along that Maryland was out and that it would come down to either Kansas or St. John's. I also hear that the Maryland coaches are not that optimistic about landing Stephenson. That said, head coach Gary Williams made a trip to Coney Island last Friday to meet with the Stephensons.
Word is that Stephenson does not want to stay local at St. John's and thinks that Gary Williams' system at Maryland is too structured. Both of these things make sense, but both St. John's and Maryland have put the fullcourt press on recently.
[Cameron] Wright's spot in the 2010 recruiting class could be filled by 6-7 J.D. Weatherspoon of Northland, who rescinded his commitment to Xavier two weeks ago and is again being recruited by Ohio State. Coach Thad Matta was at Northland yesterday to talk to Weatherspoon's counselors and get a copy of his academic transcript, Northland coach Satch Sullinger said -- typically a precursor to a scholarship offer.
"He likes Maryland. He went up there and visited Ralph Friedgen and all the guys," he said. "He's been to Pittsburgh too and liked Coach Wannstedt. He has also been in touch with Coach Schiano, but right now he likes everybody and is real excited about the process. He likes everybody."
Notre Dame is also one of Coxson's newest offers and he said the Irish are intriguing because of the great history that program has enjoyed. Virginia Tech and Syracuse are also now involved along with Florida, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Boston College, Maryland and Georgia.