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Losing one Julius, adding another?


In case you didn’t know — and you should be ashamed of yourself if you didn’t — Julius Randle will announce his college decision at 1:15 ET this afternoon on ESPNU.’s second overall player in the class will pick between Kansas and Kentucky, although Florida and Texas will also have a presence at the hat table. We will have a running diary here on KSR around 1:00ish to feed the hype and poke fun at whoever hosts the recruiting TV special.

Now for a prediction: I won’t say ALL signs point to Randle committing to Kentucky, but there are a hell of a lot more Kentucky signs than signs pointing to Lawrence, Kansas. We’ve heard for quite some time, dating back to his official visit in September, that Kentucky would be the choice and the confidence from Jason Jordan along the same timeline only supports what we’ve heard. I suppose things could always change, and we’ve seen plenty of unexpected reversals late in the process from other recruits in the past, but the fact that Jordan, who is closer to Randle than anyone, is guess it’s Kentucky is very telling.

It will hopefully be a great day for UK basketball after last night’s loss, the lowest point in the Calipari era. And if Randle does pick Kentucky, go ahead and count on UK being the preseason No. 1 team in the country and the overall favorite for the title. Randle is a program changer no matter where he goes, so you can only imagine what it means to add him to what is already the unanimous No. 1 class.

Come on down.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

36 Comments for Losing one Julius, adding another?

  1. MyTwoCents
    11:11 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Yes please.

  2. Dale in Orlando
    11:13 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Is it just me or does Julius look much older than a high school senior in most pictures

    11:13 am March 20, 2013 Permalink


  4. TrueBlue
    11:14 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Well, hopefully Julius doesn’t see the constant horrible comments about the team on here or see WCS’s twitter message posted earlier. If you don’t think it could sway his decision, you are very wrong. Recruits do pay attention to things like this and they do get on the internet!
    Come on Julius, come play for the true fans of UK! We will support you through good and bad!

  5. Jonah Hex
    11:14 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I was pretty confident going into today, although starting to get nervous. Lots of people taking Kansas.

  6. Gut
    11:16 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Gut is telling me he’s going KU.

    Hoping my gut is wrong.

  7. Kansas it is!
    11:18 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Mark my words it is Kansas. Hope he will have a change of heart like Terrence at the last min. Andrew Wiggins come on down, please.

  8. Rei
    11:20 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    6 and 7 are the fans Locke was talking about.

  9. November 2012
    11:21 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Here we go again, we’re touting ourselves as being pre-season #1 and a lock for the national title based an unproven incoming freshmen class. Sound familiar? Keep this up and we’ll lose in the first round of the CBI.

    Even if we were to get both Randle AND Wiggins there’s no way a team that lost in the first round of the NIT would be anywhere near the top of the rankings the following year.

    Come on Drew, you’re better than this.

  10. FinjaDave
    11:22 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Imagine the irony if Randle were to pick Robert Morris.

  11. Sammydog
    11:24 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    UK has known for awhile that Randle is coming to UK and Wiggins is going to FSU. No surprises there for anyone except the clueless talking heads who know nothing.

    11:24 am March 20, 2013 Permalink



  13. Eric K
    11:26 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #9 wait and see, when all the new preseason polls come out the #1 team in the country will be THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS!! GO CATS!!

  14. Come on down
    11:27 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #5…. Who is picking Kansas? If anything, everybody is saying UK…

  15. Tom
    11:28 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I heard through the grapevine that he was going to pick Robert Morris. Had a change of heart after seeing the passion following an NIT game.

  16. Random
    11:29 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #9 Signed the 2009-2010 Kentucky team that went 35-3 and were ranked either #1 or 2 throughout the entire season.
    Hell, this team would of at least made the NCAA tournament if Noel hadn’t tore his ACL.

  17. Jonah Hex
    11:31 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Well I was going by what Evan Daniels was saying, plus a sports writer in Florida…etc. Even Matt has wavered a bit.

  18. WaitWhat?
    11:31 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    15 he had a change of heart seeing the passion following the game? so the court storming is what changed his mind? hmmm…I know you were trying to be clever, but like UK this season, you failed.

  19. Hoop Scoop
    11:33 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. Drew the Insider predicts Randle to UK. That makes me feel much better.

  20. symphonist41169
    11:34 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Good Lord, people, NO ONE knows for sure until the name of the school comes out of his mouth!! I’ll never forget watching Ralph Samson’s announcement, he was so torn he changed in MID-WORD. “The school I’ll be attending is….Ken-VIRGINIA”. Joe B. Hall almost had the big one at the time.

  21. Come on Down
    11:35 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    1) M. Jones still picking UK (connected UK)
    2) Jason Jordan still picking Kentucky (essentially living with Randle)
    3) Prisbell is picking UK
    4) Randle’s barber is picking UK 🙂 lol

  22. Come on Down
    11:37 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Whay a Florida writer would even know is beyond me. For that to be the case you would have to subscribe to the logic that Randle would tell a Forida writer where he was going before Cal and Self …..which is laughable

  23. Jonah Hex
    11:41 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    22)- it was retweeted by a fox sports writer, and this was someone close to the UF program who is in the running. Sorry, youre the smartest.

  24. Drew Franklin
    11:47 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    19. — I sense sarcasm. If you only knew…

  25. BIG O
    11:50 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Franklin is already backing off his “confident” earlier post. Says here KSR is after all a business so the posts will never give away their secrets. All in an effort to keep us logging on. As much as KSr bashes the “press” they are in the business too!

    Hope we get the big guy!
    My money says Drew and Matt already know the answer.

  26. Drew Franklin
    11:56 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    25. — I’ve very confident.

  27. Come on down
    11:56 am March 20, 2013 Permalink

    23…don’t be sensitive

  28. Eric K
    12:00 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Evan Daniels is picking the CATS…. been on some of the ku sites,nothing being said bout RANDLE. GO CATS!!

  29. Big O
    12:02 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I sure hope you are right Drew! We really need this guy to play the 4. We have all the other pieces. Thanks for your reply.

  30. Max Beasley
    12:22 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    While I love Wiggins and what he would bring, I feel this team could use more of what Randle would bring. We will have a bunch of 2 and 3 position players (that can play) but Alex and Kyle havnt shown themselves to be able to play the 4spot in the manner this team needed/needs. Randle has quicks,strength and handle to go with his size that reminds me of Glen Robinson as a collegian. Regardless, the combination of additional experience and talent should make 2013 a mere blip on our resume. (and heaven help everyone if Noel decides to return)

  31. STEVE!
    12:27 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    If he does pick Kansas, please don’t send “You suck!” tweets to him.

  32. Don
    12:30 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Maggard has inside info that says its Kansas

  33. really?
    12:38 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #32…I didn’t know old frosty was still around, definitely didn’t know anyone paid any attention to what he says!

  34. Jonah Hex
    12:45 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    27- did you see Matt’s last tweet? Don’t be such a know it all. Regardless, I hope he comes to UK

  35. Come on Down
    1:34 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #34….your right…I will do that :)…. LMAO

  36. shannon
    4:23 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    He’s ours. What a rush!