Yesterday, LSU freshmen Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin met with the media to preview tonight’s game against the Cats. Predictably, they were asked about Julius Randle, whom they both played against in high school. Mickey, also a Dallas native on the Wayman Tisdale Watch List, said that even in high school, it was “a challenge” playing Randle, and that he thinks he’s improved a lot since then:
“He’s improved a lot. Of course, he could always put the ball on the floor and dribble well. He always had great post moves down low on the block, and now he’s just, he’s scoring from outside of the free throw line. He can shoot the ball better now and he’s dribbling a lot better.”
After starting earlier this season, Jarell Martin has come off the bench for the Tigers in recent games, finding his groove as the team’s sixth man. He was a McDonald’s All-American last season, and had nothing but nice things to say about Kentucky’s freshmen, namely Randle, whom he played against once in high school. While Martin praised Randle’s competitiveness, he said he wasn’t a good on-ball defender, and the Tigers will focus on getting him in foul trouble early, a strategy his teammate Mickey agreed with: “Yeah, we want to try to go at him early in the game, of course.” Everyone’s favorite Irishman Johnny O’Bryant will certainly help that effort.
When in doubt, kick it out, Julius.