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Julius Randle’s AAU coach talks about upcoming UK visit

Doesn’t he look sharp in that blue and white Nike jersey?

The newly-minted number one player in ESPN’s 2013 Top 100 plans to visit the UK campus this month, as our very own Drew Franklin mentioned yesterday.  Kentucky is one of only two scheduled visits so far, along with SEC colleague Florida.  In light of this news, SNY.tv got a hold of Scott Pospichal, Randle’s AAU coach, to discuss the trip.  Pospichal had a few flattering things to say about  Calipari and the Wildcats:

I mean, come on. Of course it’s appealing. If you’re making a business decision, you really have to pay attention to [Kentucky].

What [John] Calipari’s been able to do the last year, it’s like he came up with the recipe for Gatorade.  What he’s done the last two years is spectacular. Give him credit for what he’s done. The University of Kentucky deserves it.

I like this guy already.  But in true “close to the vest” recruiting form, he just had to mention that it’s not in the bag just yet.

Do you think if he goes somewhere else other than Kentucky, do you think it’s going to really hurt him?

If Jabari Parker goes and plays at Yale or Stanford instead of Kentucky or Duke, does it really matter? Those kids are special kids.

It’s true that both Parker and Randle are special, but ask C.J. Leslie whether school matters.  It’s not only about the publicity available; if that were the case, Kentucky would win every battle.  NBA scouts are paid to know about the guys at the lesser-known schools, like Terrence Ross at Washington.  But the level of talent, and competition, on your own team has a profound impact on players’ improvement.  “Iron sharpeneth iron,” as they say, and there’s no better team to practice against than Kentucky.

Pospichal expects Randle to visit one or two other “major powers” during his senior year.  He also mentioned that Baylor has been recruiting Julius especially hard, which makes sense considering that he’s a Texas native.  Somewhere, an anonymous CBS poll is salivating over the fact that Scott Drew and Calipari are competing for a recruit.

Whatever other visits Randle plans, the Alumni game now features present, past, and possibly future Wildcats.  It’s like three generations.

Article written by Corey Nichols

19 Comments for Julius Randle’s AAU coach talks about upcoming UK visit



  1. eh
    9:10 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    That quote from his coach is older than dinosaur nipples.



  2. Laker Cat 18
    9:12 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, it matters.



  3. Rockfield, KY
    9:22 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    CBS Poll: Which coach will cheat more to get Julius Randle to sign? scott drew or JOHN CALIPARI ? (Coach K omitted because he would NEVER cheat)



  4. KD
    9:24 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if he knows that Florida actually did invent the recipe for Gatorade. Calipari invented ( or at least tweaked ) the recipe
    for Wildcatade, perhaps an even more potent formula.



  5. KD
    9:25 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    Back under the Rock, Rockfield!



  6. that guy
    9:37 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    A UK team without Randle will beat a duke, fla, unc or georgetown team WITH Randle… just say’n.

    Same goes for the Harrison twins.



  7. Matty
    9:46 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    Lesser known schools like Washington!! Hahaha!! Terrance Ross was a 4* kid coming out of high school and played at a school that, in the last decade, has produced Nate Washington, Brandon Roy, Spencer Hawes, Isaiah Thomas, and Quincy Pondexter. Just thought that was funny. When I was thinking lesser known schools I was thinking CJ McCollum from Lehigh or a Damien Lillard from Weber St. Not a school from the Pac-12.



  8. I Say
    9:56 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    #7 I was thinking the samething.



  9. tltaworl
    9:58 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    7 that is funny. Lesser known like a school that had a #1 seed in the last decade and is typically in the tournament 🙂 Oh Corey Corey Corey.



  10. HamNEggs
    10:04 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    Someone with any sense please clarify the last sentence in the post for me.

    How can the upcoming Alumni game feature any “future” Cats?? Simply by their presence in the stands, I assume??



  11. Will S
    10:22 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    2 Things Corey:

    1) “It’s not only about the publicity available; if that were the case, Kentucky would win every battle.” — Aren’t you the guy that hates on ESPN for its over-the-top coverage of Duke and UNC?

    2) ”…there’s no better team to practice against than Kentucky.” — Really? UK usually only goes about 7 guys deep. Practicing against Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson is considered making yourself better? …. Really?



  12. Beth
    10:52 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    UK CANNOT win over the anti-Joker crowd this weekend. We win big, we’re supposed to. We squeak by or lose, and….



  13. Beth
    10:54 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, bubonic plague is carried by fleas.



  14. ukfan`
    10:59 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    11. boom, roasted.



  15. Will S is a biiiiiiiiitch
    12:41 pm September 6, 2012 Permalink

    To Will S, we don’t need any Dukie on our sites critizing our bloggers (even if it is correct). Go to a Duke site where you belong.



  16. peoplewhowork
    12:58 pm September 6, 2012 Permalink

    #11 As I recall there were a lot of NBA players, playing in pickup games all last year. The entire OKC team was at UK practicing.



  17. STEVE!
    1:56 pm September 6, 2012 Permalink

    How will the upcoming Alumni game feature “present” Wildcats? By definition, ALumni only includes those that have completed their eligibility. I don’t thin the NCAA will allow members of the current team to play in this game. As 10 asked, are you just referring to them being in the building?



  18. Bobbysueflay
    5:20 pm September 6, 2012 Permalink

    How hard is cal after randle?



  19. Bobbysueflay
    5:21 pm September 6, 2012 Permalink

    Should cal tell Willis he should just go somewhere else? We all know he will never see real playing time.