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Randle pitches BBN to Wiggins, (Andrew) Harrison hates Louisville


The future of UK basketball is enjoying their time at the McDonald’s All-American festivities in Chicago this week. After practicing this morning, the players answered questions from the media, most of which centered around Andrew Wiggins’ upcoming decision and what next year’s Kentucky team will look like.

When asked what he told Andrew Wiggins to try to convince him to come to Kentucky, Julius Randle simply said: “I pass him the ball. That’s what he can get next year.”

When told that Willie Cauley-Stein would be returning for his sophomore season, reports are that Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison grinned, with the latter saying “That makes me happy.” Harrison further endeared himself to the BBN by saying he hopes Michigan wins the Final Four “because I hate Louisville.”

H/t to Erin Jentz and Ben Roberts for the quotes.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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59 Comments for Randle pitches BBN to Wiggins, (Andrew) Harrison hates Louisville

  1. Matt
    1:33 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    We are going to LOVE next year’s team! Can’t wait!

  2. MJ4UK
    1:34 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is going to be Legen……………wait for it, wait for it, dary LEGENDARY!!!!!!!

  3. Dave
    1:36 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    “I pass him big ball, he put ball in basket, we win championship, we make millions of dollars.”

  4. uk989
    1:38 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    anyone think Cal is pushing Poythress out the door so we can get Gordon and Wiggins? or am i just wishful thinking?

  5. BigBlue
    1:38 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    This crew is for real. Next year is going to be AMAZING!

  6. Adam
    1:39 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins may not be in the picture yet but i bet he is taking it

  7. MrSleeCat
    1:41 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    That’s a kid who apparently understands the rivalry more than, say, Matt Jones or Corey.

  8. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:45 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    No one has really pointed this out yet, but Goodwin’s departure pretty much busts it wide open for Wiggins to come to UK without any drama. Now, both Harrisons will start at the 1 and 2, Wiggins at the 3, Randle 4, and WCS at the 5. Wiltjer and Young will play huge minutes backing up the guards and our 4 and 5 will be crazy deep with Lee and Johnson coming off the bench.

  9. 2chainz
    1:47 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink


  10. StanUKfan
    1:48 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Is it October yet?

  11. Mattcat68
    1:49 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    What an amazing picture! That’s more McDonald’s All Americans than Tubby Smith had his entire tenure at UK and Cal gets them in one class.

  12. Azubuike's Bicep
    1:49 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Julius Randle looks like he is all of those kids’ father. He looks atleast 35.

  13. Trick Pitino
    1:52 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    This does not bode well….why is Randle not dressing like his teammates….does he think he’s better than them? –Jerry Tipton’s reaction to this photo.

  14. mexican chicken soup is epic
    1:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    The 2013-14 Mon-Stars for sure.

  15. TN Cat
    1:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    How much are Big Blue Madness tickets going to go for this year? Wow!

  16. Bill Says
    1:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    We need Archie to come back. We need that experience and Archie needs to develop a jumper.

  17. Rixter
    1:55 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    If you’re Wiggins or Gordon, are you scared of the prospect of beating out AP for playing time? I didnt think so

  18. Mack
    1:56 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    The Twins look as if they want to pull out your heart; looking good.

  19. BigBlue
    1:57 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Twinsanity!! Love ’em.

  20. twnky
    1:59 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    someone tell lee to cut that shark fin off his head.

  21. Mack
    2:00 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    “Twinsanity”! Like that.

  22. Mattcat68
    2:03 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, leave Marcus’ hair alone! It’s part of who he is, just like Nerlens High-top fade and AD’s uni-brow. 🙂

  23. Mack
    2:05 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Just being a teenage boy.

  24. twnky
    2:07 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    i guess but he looks like that kid from fl

    2:07 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    21.And it starts already. Who gives a shit if he has a shark fin on his head. Just lets the other team know he’s out for blood!!!! I pray we don’t start critiquing our players already. Only Kentucky fans.

  26. ukfan45
    2:09 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Harrison is now my favorite UK player!

  27. Kristen Geil's Abs
    2:10 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Love these guys already. Must do more crunches.

  28. Miggity
    2:13 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Marcus Lee is going to be exciting to watch…….the way he blocks shots and rebounds, and not to mention it will just be auto-lob for oops to him and Wiggins (if he comes) just like it was to Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones in 2012. Crazy to think he is just the 5th player I am most excited about seeing out of these recruits too (Wiggins included). LOL

  29. twnky
    2:15 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Mike chill out man. i just think it looks goofy, if you want to give me crap make sure to get with the guy that thinks that Randle looks 35. Im sure it hurt his feelings when he saw that comment. smdh

  30. katzrjamers
    2:15 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Quick takes on blog commemts: J.R. you can wear any shirt you like, just thanks for wearing UK blue next season. ML nothing wrong with shark fins, never met up with a shark i didn’t like, don’t think sharks have migrated to lake cumberland yet, but asian carp fin may enrage some people. If Archie leaves, I wish him well, hope he stays tho, think that would pay off in the long run for Archie and UK. Archie you’ve got heart and a lotta motor, hope you find the right trainer to refine your shooting and passing.

  31. Eroc and Roll
    2:23 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Getting wcs back is huge, but don’t everybody jump the gun and say he’s a sure starter yet. I mean Dakari is a 7 ft 5star all American center for a reason people. Gonna be awesome having them both!

  32. Mc
    2:24 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #9. While I agree somewhat, maybe your post was worded funny. Wiltjer will not be backing up the guards off the bench. In fact, if he doesn’t improve his foot speed, it will be difficult for him to get good minutes. I think Lee and WCS will fit well with Randle. Will be interesting to see how Cal uses Dakari and Wiltjer and what sort of tempo they’ll deploy. May be match-up plays only, we’ll see.
    Also Goodwin is not a true 3 and had to play the 3 role because they had poor personnel and no depth. His decision really doesn’t impact Wiggins much except the fact that that is one less player to get minutes. Even if Goodwin returned, and Wiggins didn’t declare, there was a good shot Goodwin would be on the bench because of James Young.

  33. NextYear
    2:33 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    ML keep the fin if you like it – we don’t have the brow anymore, the flat top’s going to the league. Hair fans need something new. Style will make a good bighead. ’14=9, new math.

  34. hates louisville
    2:35 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Michigan doesn’t play Louisville in the final four. And i hope he doesn’t beleive Michigan can beat the cards. Young man you have a scholly to the bbn, no need to feed the idiots with Louisville hate talk.

  35. Dumbledore
    2:38 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    21-you have contracted teh ghey. Congrats.

  36. Defense vs offesnive talent
    2:38 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Another these young men seem to have alot offensive talent , but no one ever shows or talks about them playing defense because guess what they are going too have go up against stronge experienced players net season. And if you can’t play defense , which leads to fouls.

  37. flcat
    2:39 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    JR is wearing that T shirt bc he prob just got out of the weight room!

  38. flcat
    2:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Cal gets Gordan instaed of (AZ, Ore.) as well, most of these guys can play multiple positions any way! The deeper the better!!

  39. tyrus
    2:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #13 he does LOL

  40. Ummm...
    2:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    35 – Michigan is one of the Final 4 teams, not sure you’re understanding his statement.

  41. Mc.
    2:43 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #37) From what I’ve seen and heard, they are good defenders.

    Does everyone see WCS as a lock to start? I like him, but there were games where he couldn’t rebound, or just vanished. Watching Lee, it seems like he’s a good defender that enjoys attacking the glass. Dakari seems like a situational or match-up player. Maybe he’s an ok free throw shooter that will close out games IDK. At times the offense ran through WCS, but wasn’t too effective. Next season it won’t which is good. Hopefully he makes an effort to be a defensive stopper and rebounding machine. If he doesn’t, at least it’s good to know that the position has depth.

  42. Mattcat68
    2:43 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    KSR needs to install a count down to madness clock on the front page. I can’t wait to see this group in Lexington!

  43. maxbps8
    2:46 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Marcus Lee’s faux-fro-hawk is our next hair-fixation. Or faux-fro-bro-hawk, if you wish.

  44. maxbps8
    2:51 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #42 – I like WCS but I agree. I do not see him as alike against the likes of Marcus Lee and/or Dakari Johnson. WCS is going to have to earn it. And, I am still a little worried about senior-leadership. I am hoping Wilt steps up and Polson brings it. It’s hard for a young man to assert leadership over a group like this and as talented as this. Will they be open to and listen to Jared and Kyle?

  45. ligginsDoingWork
    2:52 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Is uk allowed to run a streaming video cam of the position workouts/drills? I need something to get me through the workday (between now and mid-November)

    (Not to mention the amount of travel expenditures it will save nba scouts and personnel over the next 15 months. I think most nba teams would have a scout watching those streams on the daily!)

  46. Sign In Rupp Next Year
    3:00 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    You Can’t Play with my Willie.

  47. Rambo
    3:06 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Actually, from the picture, Lee looks like a #2 lead pencil.

  48. kyauthorsd
    3:26 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Will Kevin Stallings be the first coach to say that Kentucky has more McDonald’s All-Americans on the bench than he has on the floor? And how about this? The University of Kentucky, the new NBA development league.

  49. kentuckyrules
    3:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    49: while I disagree with the comment at the end, I sure do think watching this team next year will be like watching an NBA team vs. crappy college team. Blow-out City!!

  50. kyauthorsd
    3:48 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    kentuckyrules, I mean their best way to get ready for the NBA is to come to Kentucky.

    4:16 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens !!! what about Nerlens ? if he comes back and heals about tournament time , he might be able to help !?!?… Sorry, just had to say it out loud…clean-up in isle 4.

  52. Simple
    4:29 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    If he hates Louisville, he’s already a winner in my book.

  53. Unboltedharp
    5:27 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    53, Ditto! Go Wichita!

  54. Viren
    6:04 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Keep posting this pic I can never get used to seeing it over and over and over.

  55. Jim
    6:25 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Over on another site it was talked about that randle did not know that Gordon had UK in his final 4.. Do you really believe he did not know? I’ll bet he already knows where he us going but is not going to ruin his moment of announcing. I think Julius playing some reporters. HaHa these kids talk to each other especially when awhile back Gordon gushed about playing along side Randle.

  56. capt
    6:33 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Look at that picture and imagine yourself trying to guard any one of them.

  57. cornbreadmafiacook
    6:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    really like the term ‘the frohawk’, to whoever coined it above…marcus ‘the frowhawk’ lee!

  58. DJCats
    6:57 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #4. Why is wanting Poythress gone wishful thinking? and why would Cal want to push him out the door? Poythress is a good kid, student and although he lacked consistency at times, is still a heck of a talent who I think just needs some more time to develop. If some of these freshman don’t perform like Davis, MKG, Cousins, Wall, etc… we act like we’re ready for them to move on and out the door. Why not get behind some of them who chose to stay for a few years to develop and enjoy the college experience? I hope Poythress does what’s best for him and if thats staying 2 or 3 years Cat Fans should be ecstatic.