The deal is done, Cal to UK, what's next?

The University of Kentucky has called a press conference for tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM at the Joe Craft Center to announce the hiring of its new basketball coach, John Calipari, who has led both Memphis and UMass to the Final Four. The announcement won't end the talk surrounding Kentucky basketball, as UK recruiting could be in for some drama this spring.

Mitch Barnhart and Lee Todd needed the next basketball coach at Kentucky to not just be a homerun, but a grand slam. A grand slam appears to be exactly what Kentucky has with the hiring John Calipari. ESPN's Dick Vitale raved about the hiring of Calipari by the Wildcats, and called the hiring of Calipari, "It's a grand slam, an absolute grand slam." Vitale compared Calipari favorably to former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino. Ironically, it was Pitino, a UMass alum, who endorsed the hiring of Calipari at UMass. The UMass position put Calipari on the road that has ultimately led him to Kentucky.

Calipari is not making the move to Kentucky alone. Coach Calipari is bringing his entire staff with him from Memphis to Kentucky

One of Calipari's assistants is Orlando Antigua. Antigua was a one time Kentucky recruiting target, coming out of high school in the Bronx, where he attended St. Raymond's High School. Antiqua was instrumental in St. Raymond's winning a New York Catholic League Championship.

Calipari's staff will also include one of the hottest young recruiters in the game, Josh Pastner. Pastner's father Hal operates the famed, not to mention very successful, Houston Hoops AAU program. Pastner arrived in Memphis last May, when turmoil at Arizona suggested it may be a good time to leave the program he had successfully recruited for since becoming a coach at the Tuscon school. With Lute Oleson ultimately retiring it appears that Pastner got out of town at the right time.

Pastner quietly made inquiries into a move to Kentucky a year prior to leaving for Memphis, but chose to stay at Arizona.

With Pastner joining forces with Calipari, an excellent recruiter in his own right, they were on their way to reeling in the number one ranked class in the nation.

Then Kentucky came calling, and not only are both of these fine recruiters headed toward Lexington, but there is talk recruits and players could follow suit.

Adam Zagoria, of Zagsblog, spoke to Carl Henry, father of C.J. Henry and Xavier Henry. The elder Henry told Zagoria that his sons would not be Memphis bound, it remains to be seen where they will land, but Kentucky and Kansas were mentioned as possible destinations.

C.J. Henry, the elder of the two brothers, is a walk-on, and has his tuition paid for through his professional baseball contract, as C.J. was drafted out of high school to play baseball. Xavier Henry signed an NLI in November, and will need to a release before he would be free to go elsewhere.

DeMarcus Cousins, who was recruited by Billy Gillispie for Kentucky, gave Calipari a verbal commitment over the winter. Sources are indicating the big man is leaning toward following Calipari to Kentucky. Cousins has not signed an NLI and is free to choose any school he wishes to sign with in the spring signing period, which is just around the corner.

Point guard John Wall had the Memphis Tigers at the top of his list, but it appears the Tigers are completely out of the running. Wall made several unofficial visits to Kentucky during his junior season, and at one time it was thought that Billy Gillispie led for his services. With the Wildcats in need of a prime point guard and the previous leader Memphis now out of contention it would come as a shock to no one if the Wildcats quickly get back in the mix with the McDonald's All-American.

With Kentucky overbooked there were already going to be some roster adjustments. If any of the Memphis recruits wind up in Lexington Calipari may have some major roster juggling to do.

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