Congrats to Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison for making USA Today’s First Team All-USA, along with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor (2014). Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson were named to the Second Team, while Marcus Lee and James Young received Third Team honors.
While you could probably put the names of all of the top 15 recruits in the 2013 class in a bowl, shake it up, and have an all-star squad, Julius and Aaron got the first team nod, and with it, gave Kentucky fans even more fun facts to fawn over.
Here are just a few:
Underrated virtue: Giving respect, saying yes sir and no sir. That’s pretty big. You would be surprised how that impresses people. (Swoon…Does this kid have any bad traits??)
Being Twitter friends with Johnny Manziel: He goes through the same thing I go through. It’s kind of cool to talk to another athlete.
Favorite meal: Baked tilapia with corn and brown rice.
Best basketball advice: To use basketball and not let basketball use me. Jeff Webster (his godfather and a former NBA player) told me that.
People don’t know that I: Am laid-back off the court (Actually, by now I can pretty much tell that.)
Working on: The mental aspect, keeping my teammates in the moment and just making sure I stay in the moment.
Playing alongside a twin: On every alley-oop he throws me, I’m ready for it because I know the moves he makes. About the only difference between us is our tastes in music. I’m more a guy who looks at music. He just listens to it. (I have no idea what that means, but I like the part about the alley-oops.)
Underrated virtue: Integrity. A lot of coaches (promise) you one thing and tell somebody else the same thing. (Crean!)
People don’t know that: I’m scared of dogs. Just pretty much any dog.
Most overplayed by me: Rick Ross.
Most embarrassing: When I was 10 years old in a game, I heaved the ball from the volleyball line, which was a long way away. I turned around like I made it, but that far away, I couldn’t tell. It just touched the front of the net and didn’t go in.
Click on over to check out more of the first-team bios, including Andrew Wiggins, whose favorite recent read was Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun by Arvella Whitmore and really likes the rap song Cityphil made for him. I guess the Blake Shelton parody we posted isn’t on his playlist?