While Kansas and Memphis battled for the NCAA Men's National Championship on Monday night, another conflict has been raging between the two basketball powers for more than a year.
Kansas and Memphis are the leaders in the recruiting battle for Putnam City guard Xavier Henry.
"It makes me feel like I have two pretty good favorites,” said Henry, who averaged 25.8 points and 6.4 rebounds this season. "They both called me, and I told them I'm cheering for the team with blue in their jerseys.”
Henry, who is ranked as the No.2 player in the nation by Rivals.com and ESPN.com, has been considered a Kansas lean due to his family ties. His father, Carl, and his mother, Barbara, played basketball at Kansas. His brother, C.J. Henry, committed to the Jayhawks' basketball program before signing with the New York Yankees in baseball.
"I'm not 100 percent Kansas just because my family went there,” Xavier Henry said.
But the Jayhawks are definitely in contention.
"It's a big-time program,” said Henry of Kansas. "It seems fit for a good player to go there.