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Happy Julius Randle Day!

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It feels like we haven’t had one of these in a while.  No, not a humiliating NIT loss, although it’s been a few years since we’ve had one of those, too.  It’s hard to imagine anything being good about today, but we have to remember that this is officially the start of the 2013-14 basketball season for Kentucky.  And it starts with recruiting.  But since Dakari Johnson committed to the Cats in early January, the recruiting front, for as active as the coaches have been, has been relatively stagnant.  Which is fine.

But today, that all changes.  Julius Randle, ranked 3rd overall (#1 PF) by ESPN, announces where he’ll go to school next year, today.  Jason Jordan (@JayJayUSATODAY) came on KSR Radio and said that he believes that the newly-minted All-American will pick Kentucky.  Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell), also of USA Today, got his subtweet on yesterday with a cryptic message regarding where he suspects Randle could end up:

Heck, even Randle’s barber thinks the Wildcats are in good shape:

It feels like the Randle recruitment has gone on forever, if only because he’s not been a “surprise” player; his performances have been stellar for a long time.  And with his talent, he knew that he could take his time to commit.  There would be room on any team for someone like him.  And at 1 p.m. today, we’ll know which team that will be.  For those who, for whatever reason, haven’t seen Randle play, take a look below:

The first thing you’ll notice is his size.  At 6’9″, 225, Randle is definitely a beast.  The second thing you’ll notice, and then be amazed by, is his speed and quickness.  Watch the video, and pay attention to his ball-handling and driving skills.  If you want a power forward that’s perfect for Cal’s modified “Dribble Drive” system, it’s Julius Randle to a tee.  He can create his own shot, pass out of a double-team, and overpower smaller defenders inside.  He really does have everything that position needs to excel at Kentucky (or anywhere, really).

Again, it’s hard to imagine being happy after last night.  The loss doesn’t sting as much as John Wall’s defeat in the Elite 8, mostly because there was almost nothing on the line, but it was a disappointing end to a dismal season.  But that season’s over, and what better way to start the next one than with a Julius Randle commit?  Let’s hope he gives us a reason to be happy.  I won’t say that next year’s team needs him in order to be successful, but how could he not help?

In spite of the NIT loss, you could make this a very good day for BBN, Julius.  We’ll be talking about it all day, so stick around.  Go Cats.

Also, Happy Birthday to my own little broseph, Matt Freire. He and Nerlens are both going through ACL surgery rehab, so wish them both well.

Article written by Corey Nichols

62 Comments for Happy Julius Randle Day!



  1. lolcats
    9:06 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t beat Robert Morris (who?) with 5 McDonalds All-Americans, better get 12 next time – Cal’s “coaching” strategy.



  2. Josh
    9:06 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Texas plays their State Championship games in Robert Morris’ gym. Definitely a football state.



  3. Robert Morris
    9:07 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I could take him….if Cal coaches him! Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!



  4. Badams
    9:08 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I really think we just wanted othe season to end. Good luck to Goodwin and those guys competing for startin positions next year.



  5. Overconfident
    9:09 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Come to Robert Morris, we’re way better than Kentucky!



  6. Walter sobchak
    9:16 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I love how almost every troll says “UK couldn’t beat Robert Morris with 5 McDonalds all Americans”. There were 2 on the team (Goodwin, poythress) and they were both freshmen. But Cal can’t coach, just rolls the ball out, etc.



  7. Stumps
    9:16 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Disagree. We do need Randle. C’mon down!



  8. AMIRITE
    9:19 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    DOES JULIUS HAVE A HEART?!?!???!!!!111 THESE GUYS NEED MORE HEART. HEART



  9. buk
    9:19 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    If Nerlens returns, and assuming the other guys will return like they said, am I wrong about that UK is short on a scholarship for him? This is also assuming Polson goes back to walk-on status. Am I missing something?
    1. WCS
    2. Harrow
    3. Archie
    4. Poythress
    5. Hood
    6. Wiltjer
    7. Harrison 1
    8. Harrison 2
    9. D Johnson
    10. James Young
    11. Willis
    12. M. Lee
    13. Noel



  10. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:20 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    He should get A LOT of minutes next year.



  11. rixter
    9:20 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Actually, Kyle Wiltjer was a McDonalds AM too, but it you people think talent alone wins games, you’re insane.
    Peyton Siva was a McDonalds AM, and how good is he 4 years later? Sometimes the high school rankings pan out, sometimes they don’t



  12. RICK
    9:21 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Those rednecks above cant actual enjoy the cards having a good year becuase they are on KY sites acting stupid.2012 Natl cmps, 1986 ntl cmps, . OH BY THE WAY I HATE THE CARDS and that redneck statement will be on all my post.



  13. JT
    9:27 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    You folks were warned. Julius will select KU.

  14. 12, you got that right…I mean C’mon they’re even reading CorEy’s post. (no offense CorEy) Hey Uvel Fans Good luck on getting those ankle braclets off in time for that TARC bus going to Lexington.



  15. kycatman
    9:28 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    With so many negative comments on here about Cal & the Players, I wish Matt Jones would shut the comments section down. A lot of these are from trolls but there is also a lot from the fair weather fans of UK. As long as we are winning, they stay under their rock but, the moment we lose, man o man do they come out from under it. Makes me sick to hear this bunch of crap from so called fans who THINK they know more about the game than the Coach. All well, it takes all kinds to make this world go around but I sure wish some of you would grow a pair and get a grip with reality.

    GO CATS!!!!!!!! GO CAL!!!!!!!!



  16. Scholarships
    9:28 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Scholarships are not guarenteed year to year. The only scholarships we have to honor are the incoming freshman who have been promised scholarships. Hood will go to walk-on status. And honestly its possible that Harrow will as well if we need the extra scholarship for Wiggins or Gordon (unlikely) or even Hawkins.



  17. rixter
    9:29 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Deener has a guest on his show named Robert Morris. He’s so clever.



  18. ebell55
    9:30 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Joker Phillips did a better Job Coaching than Cal did this year. I could live with it if Cal would just admit that he coasted through this season as opposed to throwing his players under the bus!! Two weeks ago he said he hadn’t done a good job now its the program was hijacked??



  19. Hood
    9:30 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    9..you can take Hood’s name off that list if there isn’t enough scholarships. He would be a 5th year guy, so would most likely not be offered one to stay. Plus, I don’t see Noel coming back.



  20. AMIRITE
    9:32 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    HEART



  21. kycatman
    9:32 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    What time will Julius Randle make his announcment??



  22. CATandMONKEY
    9:33 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Julius, BBN both needs and wants a player who brings both skill and heart. Bring both to Lexington and be a Wildcat.

    TSOP(The Sound of Philadelphia)slowed down, as the audio bed was WAY old school , in a positive way. In no way in reference to the infamous critic , “OldSchool” who most certainly is lurking these fora, broadcasting “”Itold You so” far and wide.



  23. kadizkat
    9:33 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #18, idiot or troll?



  24. Eric K
    9:36 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Boy it’s great that jt showed up! Troll….. RANDLE IS COMING TO KENTUCKY!! GO CATS!!



  25. Eric K
    9:38 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #23 both….#18 is one of jt”s asshole buddies. GO CATS!!



  26. bec
    9:38 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Someone needs to invent a troll detector/remover device and affix it to this site. That would truly be a humanitarian service. Go Cats.



  27. Eric K
    9:40 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #26 AMEN



  28. RealCatsFan
    9:44 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Is he a lefty? Could be the next Terrence Jones.

    All of the trolls calling out Cal on his coaching have probably NEVER coached a team of any kind, not even a grade school basketball team. Sometimes you can have a kid with all the talent in the world who just won’t listen. Sometimes you have a kid with lazy practice habits that you just can’t motivate. Sometimes you have a kid with such a meek, fragile ego that you feel like you have to walk on egg shells to critique his play. If you have coached a high level team, then go ahead and offer your criticisms; otherwise, STFU.



  29. eternal optimist
    9:45 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    It took Cal three years to take a program from NIT to National Champion last time, only one year next time!



  30. BBN
    9:46 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Found this surfing the internet….

    Picks Kansas in the end….we’ll have to see about that! I think Randle chooses the BBN baby!

    http://gatorhoopsrecruits.com/2013/03/16/julius-randle-march-20-announcement-official-prediction/



  31. source
    9:48 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    UK gets Randle today. I know a lot of people say this, but its from an inside source. Coaches are saying its a lock.



  32. Wall2Cousins
    9:52 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    what is with you idiots including Jon Hood on the roster….really? the kid is a bum….

  33. The definition of a TROLL: An ugly animal in the form of a human that may live under a Bridge, sh!ts in one hand while drinking Crown Royal with the other…..Yep pretty much sums up Ipoo and Uvel fans.



  34. Wall2Cousins
    9:53 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    oh lovely now we got a guy going to Florida Gator website to get info on Randle….the IQ of some of you all is scary



  35. Duuuuuude
    9:54 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    The answer to KY’s problems will be solved by competition every day in practice. Without that, you get this years team. Cal knows that.



  36. IsIt2014Yet?#9
    9:55 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I dont know how much to read into this, but a friend of mine in Ashland plays on an AAU team with a kid whos parents host Andrew Wiggins. He hungout with him last week and Andrew told my friend he wasnt coming to UK. He didnt want to get lost in a system and be a role player, but wants to avergae 30 points and be the go-to guy on his team. (Come on down FSU). So Randle might be the last piece we get to add to next years puzzle.



  37. Come on down
    9:58 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    More rugged version of the often under appreciated T. Jones. Fans too easily forget that Jones help give us a Final Four and Championship, and was a heck of a player. He just happended to play on the same team as MKG and Davis, and fell asleep for one game at IU. Take those away, and he would be remembered as one Coach Cal’s best recruits ever.



  38. 36
    9:59 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    36 i dont believe you at at all lol.



  39. 36
    9:59 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    minus an at



  40. bung
    10:00 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I am sure our legs were gone after scoring 48 points against vandy…it is very stressful to hold the ball for 32 seconds without turning it over and then trying to make a contested shot with 3 secs left…thank goodness our game plan called for no fast break baskets or they would be so tired Hood might have to play more…I think 57 points was a good performance and it equaled our scoring average over the last 5 games…if our defense could have held them scoreless we would have won…

  41. 35, you have that right, we’re going to be just fine. I’m not an eternal optimist, but you know when you have the BBN and Cal you can’t do anything but smile every morning just because of these two reasons. GO CATS!



  42. GoCats2
    10:00 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Always find it best to avoid the comments section during these times but #28 has it perfect. I coached a 7th grade team where I actually kicked the best player off the team because of his attitude. Whenever I told him he was doing something wrong he would throw it to the other team on purpose the next time down the court.
    Coaching is not easy especially with all new faces every year.



  43. B.K.
    10:01 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Come today, Oh Julius (you may as well be Caesar), and help to restore The Empire again……



  44. RealCatsFan
    10:01 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    32, Hood might not have elite talent, but you have to give the kid props for hustling. He at least was trying out there. Wish I could say that for a few of his teammates. Bum? He probably has a much brighter future than most of the trolls on this site.



  45. Duuuuuude
    10:03 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    37….I agree in principle. Coming back the second year made all the difference in the world for Terrance. Two years would have helped MKG as well, though I don’t blame him for leaving. All these current players that stay will be much improved next year. The NBA would help itself by having a 2 year rule.



  46. RealCatsFan
    10:04 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    42, right on, my man! Even Michael Jordan had his growing pains.



  47. dude
    10:04 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #36 tell your friend to tell him that’s not how college basketball works. if he starts scoring 30 a game, teams will triple team him and let the rest of the players beat them.



  48. #BOSS
    10:06 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    What time is he making his announcement?



  49. dude
    10:07 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #48 1 EST



  50. gocatswin9
    10:13 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Hey kycatman:
    1 pm Eastern on ESPNU



  51. Real Talk
    10:16 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wiltjer and harrow will transfer. Wiltjer does not listen and told the team “f*** cal” on national tv. You can read his lips



  52. DT in DC
    10:23 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    You’re right, #44. I was about to say the same thing. He always makes a few hustle plays in his limited minutes. I’d rather see him out there than Harrow, Wiltjer, and most of the time even Alex. With that said, “come on down Julius! As you can see, we need you!”



  53. ebell55
    10:25 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know why my comments were removed. Love Cal but he didn’t lead this team very well. I guess you can’t say that on KSR.



  54. JTack
    10:26 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Does ESPNU stream live?



  55. Corey Nichols
    10:26 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    53 – A lot of comments are auto-filtered for whatever reason. I personally haven’t removed any from this thread.



  56. fb>bb
    10:39 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I felt confident about Randle up until the last few days. With all these players announcing that they are coming back, I could see him going to Kansas.



  57. j
    10:40 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    @ 51 wiltjer will not transfer.. look at him last year he stayed outside the 3 point live while everyone else drove the ball and had wide open 3’s all season long.. if land wiggins to go along with the harrison and they are driving to the basket.. kyle and james young will be wide open for days.. use some common basketball knowledge..



  58. j
    10:40 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    line*



  59. Recroot Updator
    10:56 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I have a very reliable source who is the barber of a doctor who’s mailman is the cousin of the mechanic that changed the transmission fluid on the car belonging to the dry cleaner that cleaned the wine stain out of the dress belonging to the aunt of the Harrison family’s garbage collector. My source tells me that the Harrisons will de-commit from UK next week and commit to play for Tubby Smith so they can play their home games in the Twin Cities.



  60. What?
    11:05 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    2.) why would Texas play their state championship game in Robert Morris’ gym? I know Texas is a football state but I think a few people would be a bit upset if the Texas state championship tourny was held in Moon Township, PA.



  61. Jack
    11:14 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Can we please quit using “a Beast” reference, last two times a player has come here and been referenced as “a Beast”, they haven’t panned out to well…. Thanks



  62. ebell55
    11:17 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Corey Nichols it could be becuase I’m using my phone and a CPU and the alternating IP address thanks for the work you guys do.