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Posted: Tuesday March 31, 2009 12:38PM; Updated: Wednesday April 1, 2009 1:36AM
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INSIDE RECRUITING

As Calipari considers Kentucky, Cousins, Henry remain in limbo

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John Calipari's possible move could change commitments for top recruits

Xavier Henry and Demarcus Cousins said they would reconsider if he left

Cousins might follow Cal to Kentucky, while Henry has ties to Kansas

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- As Demarcus Cousins took his seat next to Xavier Henry late Tuesday morning at the media day for the McDonald's All-American game, he looked at his potential future teammate and smiled. "I'm here for you, X," Cousins said.

Cousins, a 6-foot-11 center, and Henry, a 6-6 wing, had planned to play together at Memphis. Now, with former Tigers coach John Calipari on his way to Kentucky, the players find themselves in limbo. Cousins, who has not signed a letter-of-intent, said he would reopen his recruitment if Calipari left. Henry, meanwhile, said he has a written agreement with Memphis that requires the school to release him from his letter-of-intent if Calipari leaves.

"I can go anywhere," Henry said. "It just reopens my recruitment. If he did leave, I'd have to reopen everything."

Henry's parents both played basketball at Kansas. His brother, C.J., plays for Memphis. Xavier Henry said he hadn't spoken to his brother since before Calipari's meeting with Memphis players on Monday.

Cousins, who had previously committed to Alabama-Birmingham, does not need to cut through any red tape if he chooses to follow Calipari, but Cousins said he also would consider all his options.

 
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