Earlier today, Julius Randle tweeted out that he will be making his college decision on March 20th on ESPNU. This is the day before the NCAA Tournament officially begins (I don’t count the “First Four” games, even though UK could very well be playing in those games this year). His decision is huge for Kentucky because as of today, of the remaining top players, UK’s best chance in my view still rests with Julius Randle. While reports have varied from national media members, and have suggested at times that virtually every team but Kentucky has led, those I speak with around the Bluegrass state still feel very confident about UK’s position. Randle loves the Kentucky fanbase and passion, his mother loves John Calipari and Randle himself has called Calipari the coach he is closest with in the process. Jason Jordan of USA Today, the reporter who was embedded in his home during the in-home visit process with coaches, has maintained since September that he still believes Randle picks Kentucky, and as of yet, he has not wavered. The signs from the people that know best (at least to me), suggest the Cats.
Most of the reason people have guessed that another school will be Randle’s pick is because of his supposed aversion to playing with the Harrison Twins. He has denied this often publicly and at this point, no public comments have even hinted at such a rift. But those around the Texas AAU scene still insist it is true. I have a hard time believing that will be the deciding factor. John Calipari is selling to Julius Randle the chance to not only be on a national championship team, but work daily with the best of the best. That is what the NBA is about and it is what playing with guys like the Harrison Twins will help make happen. Over the next 16 days, we will likely hear all kinds of rumors going in every direction, but until I hear information from better sources than I have as of yet, I will still believe that Kentucky leads for Randle. If that changes, I will let you know. But if it stays as I expect it will, March 20th could be a good day for the Big Blue, regardless of the current team’s NCAA hopes and the celebration scene in Lexington will be like this (courtesy of the @UKmakeouts Twitter feed):
And Big Blue Nation can get its individual grandmothers and flex in the mirror, excited about the 9th National Championship that will be heading our way: