Coach Cal had over 100 guests at his house Friday evening but he rushed everyone out after dinner to clear the way for Julius Randle, the most important guest of the weekend. Randle ate dinner with the staff and team at the Calipari estate on Friday as part of his official visit to Kentucky. The five-star recruit attended the alumni game, UK football game (groan), and toured the campus on Saturday, ending the eventful day with a 2:00 am shootaround with Archie Goodwin and Julius Mays in the Craft Center. Randle and his mother ate breakfast with the team and watched practice on Sunday before heading back to Plano, Texas.
ESPN.com’s Paul Biancardi, a head coach in the fantasy camp, spoke with Julius Randle about his official visit once it concluded. Randle said his first thoughts about the weekend when leaving Lexington were how everyone around the UK basketball program is a family.
“Everybody is so together and for each other,” he told Biancardi. “Coach Calipari really cares about his players and helps them reach their goals and dreams.”
Many of those players who have reached their dreams at UK under Calipari returned to campus for the weekend for the alumni game. Randle sat in the first row behind one of the benches, directly behind Drake, and took it all in. He said, “The atmosphere was exciting and Kentucky has great fans.”
It sounds like the official visit went well, but Randle will still wait until the spring to make his decision. He plans to visit Florida, Duke, Kansas, UNC, N.C. State and Texas throughout the season.