Calipari did not attend Julius Randle’s press conference this afternoon but he used his Twitter device to release a statement about his soon-to-be top five pick:
“I truly believe that Julius Randle will be an even better pro than a college player. He was Shaq’d all year — in every way. I really appreciate all that he did for this program and how he represented all of us throughout the entire year. I cannot wait to watch him shine at the next level.”
Cal is exactly right, too — not that he needs me to validate his statement. Julius won’t be drawing double and triple-teams in the NBA so he’ll have better opportunities to shine offensively. Just think if a team paired him up with a center that does draw lots of double and triple-teams like, oh, I don’t know, say, DeMarcus Cousins?