When it came down to it, Kentucky just felt right to Julius Randle. Randle opened up to USA Today’s Jason Jordan about why he chose the Cats over Kansas, Florida and Texas. Here are 5 quick highlights from Jordan’s piece:
— “Kentucky is home”
“Kentucky, man,” Randle says. “Every time I told myself that I was gonna look somewhere else it just never felt right. Kentucky is home for me. It’s where I felt most comfortable.”
— Cal was shocked.
When he told Kentucky coach John Calipari that he was going to join the Big Blue Nation, Randle said Calipari “seemed like he was in shock.”
— Enough of this Julius Randle vs. The Harrison Twins stuff
“That’s always been funny to all three of us,” Randle says with a laugh. “We actually were texting back and forth yesterday. We’ve been cool since we were 8. Whoever says otherwise is someone you shouldn’t listen to, period.”
— Randle vows to get Kentucky back to “where we’re supposed to be”
“We’re built for this. We’ll get Kentucky back to where we’re supposed to be. I’m not worried about that. I’m just happy to be a part of the Kentucky family.”
Photo by Jason Jordan
— His iPhone could have given it all away
Randle didn’t waste any time getting firmly entrenched into the lifestyle that is Big Blue Nation, as evidenced by the “UK 30” emblem he had professionally stenciled on the back of his iPhone 5.
“It’s crazy, right,” Randle says holding up the blue phone. “I love it. I wanted everything to be perfect today.”