Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins are officially Cats

High School Basketball: McDonald's All American Games
Not pictured: Dominique Hawkins or Derek Willis. We need a new group pic.

UK just received letters of intent from Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, and Dominique Hawkins, bringing their total number of signees in the 2013 class to eight. In a release by UK, John Calipari was finally able to comment about the three, along with the 2013 class.

On Julius Randle:

“Julius is another hard-working player who is a great student and person along with being a dominator on the court. He has that will to win that the players I’ve had who have become special have all had. That motor will be important to our success next year. Julius has the skill set to be an inside-outside guy for us. He has the ability to put it on the floor and beat guys off the dribble, but he’s also got the toughness, size and ability to score against bigger defenders. At the end of the day, he’s a true leader whose personal drive is off the charts.

On Dakari Johnson:

“Dakari’s improvement over the last year and a half has been phenomenal. His ability to be a true low-post threat adds an important piece to what our team will really need. He’s patient when he gets the ball on the block and has a great understanding for how to use his size for a kid his age. Dakari is a great student and a great kid. He’s won a high school championship, a world championship with Team USA, and he said he wants to win a national championship with us and an NBA championship. That statement says a lot about the type of winner he is.”

On Dominique Hawkins:

“I kept hearing about Dominique from Marquis Estill and my good friend Dr. Robert Palmer. When I watched him play, lead his team, and play with a will to win and fight, I was totally sold. At the Sweet Sixteen, he made sure he got his teammates involved and was always happy with their success, but when it was time to take over the game — when it was winning time — everyone in the building knew they were going to play through Dominique, which they did, and they won. The last UK player who was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball and won a state title in the same year was Darius Miller. He went to two Final Fours, won a national title and is now playing in the NBA. My hope is Dominique will be on the same path.”

(Quote corrected by UK)

It’s hard not to pick up on Cal’s enthusiasm about next season in his remarks about the 2013 class:

The thing I like most about this group is its competitive spirit and its will to win. These guys are All-Americans and award winners, but more importantly they’re world champions, national champions and state champions. They know what it takes to win. The size and talent of the group will allow us to have tough, hard-nosed practices which will carry over to the games. I’m excited for the opportunity to coach this group.”

Still room for you, Andrew.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

24 Comments for Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins are officially Cats



  1. TampaCat
    2:01 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    AWiggins, it’s your move young man. You know you want to…..



  2. MJ4UK
    2:03 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s get 9



  3. Easterner
    2:10 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    I suppose Cal forgot that Elisha Justice won the state championship and was named Mr. Basketball in 2010, two years after Darius. Still, I very big accomplishment to be proud of and to show his nature as a leader.



  4. Easterner
    2:11 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Meant to say “a”, not “I”.



  5. tom
    2:14 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder how many journalists are beating Cal’s door down to have exclusive behind the scene rights to write a book about this bunch?



  6. eric
    2:14 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Actually the last guy to do it was Trinity’s Nathan Dieudonne just last season. Come on Cal, get your facts right.



  7. why don't you read....
    2:19 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    he said…. LAST UK player…



  8. Hooty
    2:22 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Uh, miller is 6’8″. Hawkins is 5’11”. He’s not going to the NBA.



  9. eric
    2:22 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    7- wonderful point. My mistake.



  10. ...
    2:25 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    @8 he’s 6’1



  11. Hogwashh
    2:26 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    3- good try hater…read the comment over one more time and you might be able to understand it…ehhh maybe not you ri-tard



  12. Matt
    2:27 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Obviously reading comprehension skills are not required to come in the comments section and make yourself look dumb. Lookin at you #3, Cal clearly said “The LAST UK PLAYER who was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball and won a state title in the same year was Darius Miller.”



  13. Susan
    2:28 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    He’s also talking about Darius being the last player to go to win a state championship, 2 Final Fours, and win a NATIONAL Title (all in Kentucky). The other guys mentioned didn’t do half of that.



  14. eric
    2:29 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Obviously common courtesy and self control is not required either.



  15. Hooty
    2:40 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    #10, that’s weird because I’m 6’1″ & was standing next to him on the court & I’m at least 2 inches taller. He might be 5′ 10



  16. lloyd
    2:47 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    first of all I thought robert palmer was dead. secondly, am shocked that he was a doctor. although he did speak of the downfalls of addiction.



  17. catlogic15
    2:50 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    At least Cal didn’t say, “And our Class of 2013 is now complete”.



  18. SexnNursinHomes
    3:00 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    16- love is a helluva drug…



  19. Boogie
    3:18 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Being a student at EKU, I drove up the street and watched dominique play as often as I could. I’m 6’2 and Dominique was a hair shorter than me in his basketball shoes. I’d say he is 6 foot even. But what’s the difference in 6’2 and 6′? If you can play, you can play regardless of height.



  20. wildcat813
    3:26 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Dr. Robert Palmer describes Hawkins as being, “Simply Irresistible.”



  21. Cincinnati will
    7:53 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Cal saying he is good friends with wildest man in Lexington is probably not the smartest thing to say



  22. Hooty
    8:47 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    #19, then your not 6’2″. As far as the rest, whatever helps your buddy out & gets you through the night. He’s 5’10 & not very good.



  23. pioneer
    9:34 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hooty are you actually Q Snyder??? Of course a future Card would get on here and trash a future Wildcat. Or could it be sour grapes from the state tournament??? Not that it matters, DHawk got his offer and now the ball is literally in his court.



  24. kycatman
    9:21 am April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Cayuts Fayuns, with Wiggins can we all just nickname them (9 for 9) next year???