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Julius Randle knows he’d have a “legit chance” to win a title at…Kansas

Yesterday, Julius Randle said that in his head, he had narrowed his list of five schools–Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Kansas and NC State–to three. This afternoon, USA Today’s Jason Jordan will post an interview with Randle, who recently visited Kansas, and tweeted a teaser from it this morning. Randle told Jordan “I know I’d have a legit chance to win a national championship at Kansas.”

Julius, come to Kentucky and it’s not a chance, it’s a reality.

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33 Comments for Julius Randle knows he’d have a “legit chance” to win a title at…Kansas



  1. tom5673
    11:08 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    kansas loses withey, maclemore, releford and elijah possibly…who else do they have coming in?



  2. tom5673
    11:10 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    young is a senior too. it looks like a rebuilding year next year for kansas. btw…what’s a “senior”?



  3. LeX
    11:11 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    We’re going to be loaded next year regardless. Its not like we need him, Wiggins or Gordon. We’ve already got the best recruiting class of all time lined up. Let Kansas take him. We’ll at least want some sort of competition.



  4. tom5673
    11:15 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    hold on now, LeX…we could use one of those three. as great as our recruits are coming in, they’re still going to only be freshmen making freshmen mistakes early on. you can’t overemphasize the importance of legitimate upperclassmen on your roster to win a championship.



  5. LeX
    11:16 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    4. And adding another freshman alleviates that concern how?



  6. tom5673
    11:16 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    my point is we not going to have any upperclassmen besides hood, wiltjer and polson. not exactly patterson, harrelson, miller, jones or lamb. we could use all the top notch freshmen we can fit on our roster.



  7. Plz Randle
    11:17 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    It might be slightly intimidating to commit to a squad with a couple players in your own class already commited, but don’t go play for a squad which has at least 5 PF already there. You could come here with wiggins and be left alone until Gametime, people think you will get nonstop attention at UK, no but you’ll get whole hearted attention when we do actually see you. Kansas fans are cool too but their program for developing players is classless and takes at least a minimum of 2 years, please stop looking around and come home.



  8. LeX
    11:20 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    7. I think youre completely off base there. There is nothing about Kansas’ program that is classless. They are our equals and deserve due credit and respect. Their system is currently what has them in the top 10 while were staring at an invite from the NIT. That is in no way a knock on Cal, but don’t just hate on Kansas like that. Theyve done nothing to deserve our ire.



  9. I'll go happy for Randle
    11:20 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    1,2,&7: Seems like he hasn’t spent much time checking out their roster.



  10. Amaze Pants
    11:22 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, KU has the guy who does the Thrift Shop song?

    ♫ One man’s trash is another man’s come up. ♪

    Come to think of it, that rings so true when it comes to recruiting. Chris Lofton comes to mind.



  11. Jeff
    11:29 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    They will lose Withey, Elijah Johnson and Releford(all starters) – plus McLemore would likely be a top 5 pick – unless McLemore returns then they may not be very good – they have some recruits coming in but nothing like UK



  12. Blueston
    11:30 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    8 – Sunshine and rainbows, let’s all sing kumbaya with our Kansas brethren. Maybe they are YOUR equal.



  13. LeX
    11:32 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    11. Thats why smart money is for him to go to Kansas, More playing time obviously, just as much exposure as he’d get here. And theyve probably got some guys waiting in the wings to pick up the slack next year after those guys graduate. Like I said, we dont really NEED the guy so I wouldnt be hurt if he did pick them.



  14. LeX
    11:33 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    12 What exactly did they do to piss you off?



  15. Austin
    11:37 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe he knows McLemore is going to stay?? I can’t see KU being a true contender unless that happens. Kansas does have four top fifty players coming in, and a hole at the Power Forward position. Perry Ellis can’t compete with Randle for minutes. Kansas has a good track record with players like Randle. They at least do well in college, although their success in the pro’s is not that great. They have guys that stay in the league, but outside Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden (Close to 70 million by the time his contract expires) and Raef Lafrentz (who was a mistake) how many of them get PAID big time money?

    Darrell Arthur, Danny Manning, Cole Aldrich, Sasha Khan, Wayne Simien, Brandon Rush, Julian Wright, Scott Pollard, Eric Chenowith, Nick Collison, Greg Ostertag…. They are some nice players, and many had pretty good careers… But not many of them have broken the bank.

    Unless McLemore decides to stay, they will lose their top five players. They might have a nice year next year, but Kentucky will likely return more talent from this team than Kansas, plus bring in more talent in the next class.

    Don’t get me wrong, If KU got Randle, they would have a really good class, the clear cut #2 class in my opinion. They might already have the second best class as it is. They would have great talent that would stick around several years, and one marquee guy to build around next year. Also, like our class, they would fill each position.



  16. Austin
    11:40 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Randle would be a starter here next year. He might play 4 or 5 more minutes a game at KU, but that will not make him a better player or improve his draft stock anymore than coming here. HE would get to be THE MAN, and if that is what he is after, KU is the logical choice. If he wants to be a part of something special, UK is the choice.



  17. LeX
    11:41 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    15. Yeah man, Self always has someone waiting to take over. If they add Randle theyll be pretty good. Ill never ever count out Kansas until they prove to me that they cant compete. Even then its a toss up. Middle of last season they looked dead in the water and then somehow made it to the title game.



  18. LeX
    11:43 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Plus they should have perry ellis returning. He and Randle would make a good duo.



  19. Cokely
    11:51 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    15.) Chalmers is doing pretty well for himself. Heinrich has had a solid career. One big miss tho as far as top recruits go is Xavier Henry. Was a top recruit down to Kentucky and Kansas. One and done and you haven’t heard his name since.

    Randle is the piece I believe we would like to have the most. Wiggins is the best player. But James Young is very serviceable at the 3. Randle is the dominate post player I believe we need. Lee is going to be a great player but just doesn’t demand the double team like Randle would. Then again even without him were still going to be very good. One of the top 3 is a luxury more than a necessity at this point. Especially if say Poythress comes back.



  20. cornbreadmafiacook
    11:57 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    18. perry ellis’ return isn’t going to be a drawing card to a man who wants to play the 4; the return of wcs and the signing of dakari johnson should do more to help us on the “what will each team have” front



  21. LeX
    11:57 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    19, you know, we can throw paul pierce in there too.



  22. Bo Dittley
    12:09 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Just who is the guy on the right in this photo? Ever pic I’ve ever llok at of him, he has the look that something nearby is very stinky. ??? Does he smell a dead rat?



  23. Cokely
    12:09 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    21.) pierce was clearly mentioned by him already…



  24. BigBlueBallz
    12:11 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    As far as most successful programs, Kentucky and Kansas are 1a. and 1b. in my opinion. Argue UCLA but they only dominated in the Wooden era. I’d understand if he chose Kansas with their success of getting players to the league and the fact they are always relevant in college basketball. And they don’t rub me the wrong way like IU, Duke, UNC does.



  25. Alamo_CatFan
    12:14 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I generally like Kansas as my (distant) #2 team. I’m not really a fan but they don’t invoke intense feelings of hatred…mumble, mumble…f’n laettner son of a….mumble, mumble. Anyway, good on KU if they can real in Randle. I’d prefer Gordon anyway.



  26. Laker Cat 18
    12:19 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    17. And two years ago they were arguably the best team in the country and got knocked out by Northern Iowa in the second round. I wouldn’t put much stock into Kansas. They’ve got a shot each year, but that shot is no better than other teams on Randle’s list.



  27. Bleed Blue
    12:22 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    We are not getting Randle. Right now Poythress comes back with WCS and Goodwin leaving. Harrow may transfer or go overseas if he doesn’t keep playing like he did Wednesday. Hood is going to transfer after the season no doubts. Depending on how Noel rehab goes will tell if he returns or not. He wants to win a Championship and he loves college, but if he rehabs well he is gone. With that said since we have gotten Wiggins’ parents to come with him on the visit is huge. If they enjoy themselves, which they will, he will be a Cat. If Poythress does end up leaving then we add Gordon to this class, but if he doesn’t then Wiggins will be our last recruit. Right now I am going to say our starting lineup next year will be: PG Harrison SG Harrison SF Wiggins PF Poythress C Noel Bench(order they will play): Wiltjer, Young, Lee, Johnson, Harrow, Polson



  28. UKCATSFAN
    12:47 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Bleed blue….u speaking from knowledge or from hope?



  29. He may win a title
    1:01 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    With Kansas, but it won’t be next year. If he wants a title, the best outlook for an NBA career than there really isn’t even a choice here.



  30. Bleed Blue
    3:28 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    @28 Knowledge



  31. Platinum Unis
    4:29 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    @27

    That’s a cute post, but you forgot a couple things. Hood will graduate this yeawr, so he has no reason to transfer anywhere. He’s seen more teammates and top talen than anybody in UK history and had plenty of reasons and chances to transfer accordingly, or to never come here at all. But he’s homegrown and there is obviously a mutual loyalty. What makes next year any different?

    You forgot about Derek Willis on your bench. WCS has also only recently focused solely on basketball, so his NBA bigman stock would rise dramatically if he returned. It may be a loaded draft overall next year, but not so loaded at the 5 spot. Noel is more likely to leave than WCS. Also, don’t count out James Young starting over the SG Harrison. Kid is a beast.



  32. andrew
    5:33 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Who exactly is going to be on Kansas next year? I’m pretty sure no one, right? I think at this point, Randle is hesitant to play alongside all these other players. Not to mention any returning players at his position, i.e. Wiltjer, Poythress.



  33. Austin
    6:16 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I was mostly talking about the big guys that would be more of a comparison to Randle. I didn’t mention Hinrich and Chalmers for that reason, but I just threw Pierce on there since that is their highest profile player. I guess Self can take credit for Deron Williams just as Calipari takes credit for D Rose. It is not that big of a deal. I am not sure the players they have had stack up to Randle’s upside.

    KU has had a lot of success without having the same level of NBA talent as UK, Duke, UNC, or even UCLA. That doesn’t mean that Randle can’t be great there.

    You can throw the Morris Twins and Robinson on that list above of guys that haven’t made bank yet. They still have time to make a name for themselves.