Calipari vs. Self in recruiting

04/01/2012 5:00 AM

05/16/2014 6:20 PM

Kansas coach Bill Self has become well-versed in Kentucky coach John Calipari’s recruiting prowess. Since Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky in 2009, he and Self have gone head-to-head for nine high-level recruits who were seriously considering both Kansas and Kentucky, according to Rivals.com. Calipari has won six of those battles.

Class of 2009
CALIPARI Stars Ht. Wt. Position Hometown

Daniel Orton

Five

6-10

260

Center

Oklahoma City

Big-bodied center spent his freshman year at Kentucky as a reserve. Departed for the NBA Draft after a year and was a late first-round pick.

John Wall

Five

6-4

184

Point guard

Raleigh, N.C.

Star guard spent a productive season at Kentucky and became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

SELF Stars Ht. Wt. Position Hometown

Xavier Henry

Five

6-6

225

Shooting guard

Oklahoma City

Spent an up-and-down year at Kansas before he became a NBA lottery pick. Originally committed to Calipari at Memphis, then decommitted when Calipari left for Kentucky.

Class of 2010
CALIPARI Stars Ht. Wt. Position Hometown

Terrence Jones

Five

6-8

220

Power forward

Portland, Ore.

Do-it-all forward is currently a starter at Kentucky and figures to be an NBA lottery pick.

Brandon Knight

Five

6-3

185

Point guard

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Speedy combo guard had an excellent freshman season and became a lottery pick in last year’s NBA Draft.

Doron Lamb

Five

6-4

175

Shooting guard

Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Dangerous shooter is a starter on this year’s Final Four team.

SELF Stars Ht. Wt. Position Hometown

Josh Selby

Five

6-2

183

Point guard

Baltimore

Spent a largely disappointing year at Kansas before declaring for the NBA Draft.

Class of 2011

None

Class of 2012
CALIPARI Stars Ht. Wt. Position Hometown

Archie Goodwin

Five

6-4

181

Shooting guard

Little Rock, Ark.

The Gatorade Arkansas boys basketball player of the year.

SELF Stars Ht. Wt. Position Hometown

Perry Ellis

Five

6-8

220

Power forward

Wichita

Super-athletic prospect is a McDonald’s All-American. Also considered Duke, Kansas State and Memphis.

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