How, I don’t know, but Julius Randle was up and at ’em early this morning, hours after arriving back in Lexington after the tough loss. Randle was in his 8:00 a.m. class, on time, and ready to learn whatever the professor was dishing out during Wednesday’s lecture.
Keep in mind, eight hours earlier, Randle was sitting at a podium in Fayetteville, Arkansas answering questions as to why his team couldn’t get it done in the closing minutes of a tough SEC road game. He then had to shower, board a plane with his teammates, and get back to Lexington. That puts him back in the bluegrass somewhere in the 3:00 to 4:00 a.m. range.
A student-athlete attending class should never be news, but sometimes we forget what these kids go through while working their tails off to keep us, the fans, entertained. Several of us struggled to make that 8:00 a.m. class in college when we were up late watching TV, three blocks from campus. And by several of us, maybe it was just me. I doubt that, though.
Someone get that man a nap.