Last night, Julius Randle taped an interview with Matt and Ryan that just aired on the radio show. In case you missed it, here are some highlights, along with the full interview:
— Julius said he told Cal pretty early on in his senior year that he wanted to attend Kentucky, but said he still wanted to take his other visits. Why did he want to come to UK? “Just the Players-First program. Coach invests into the players more than he invests into winning,” Julius said. “Coach loves to win, we all know he loves to win, but he invests into the players and you as an individual more than I feel like any other coach did, and that’s big time for me and my family.”
— What’s the reason Julius taped the interview on Tuesday night? He has class on Wednesday mornings from 10-noon. When Matt complimented him on that, Julius said academics have always been a priority for him. Eat it, Bobby Knight.
— Julius admitted that the Florida game in Gainesville was a low-point of the season, something Willie Cauley-Stein has also said. Why was that the low point, as opposed to South Carolina? Julius said it was a combination of the loss and the disappointment of how their comeback in the second half failed: “We were all a little down just because of how we performed, but we were also down because in that game, we showed spurts of the team we possibly could be.”
— Julius had one answer that was better than all the rest. Matt asked Julius about the UK/UofL game in the Sweet 16 and whether or not the team could feel the animosity between the fan bases, and Julius said it was like the Texas/Oklahoma rivalry, but on a different level. Does he hate Louisville, too? “Yeah, I don’t like Louisville.” YES!
— What’s the first thing Julius is going to do when he gets his first NBA paycheck? “I’m going to do something for my mom,” Julius said. “It’s going to be an amazing feeling. I’ve seen all the sacrifices she’s put in, all the work she’s put in. She’s done a lot for me throughout my life. You can’t really pay her back, but I’ll try to.” (That sound you hear is the ladies of the BBN sighing.)
Enjoy the full interview below:
Want to wish Julius good luck in person? Here’s his autograph tour schedule:
Thursday, April 24 — Wildcat Wearhouse — Ashland 6:30 — 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 25 — Hillbilly Days — Pikeville — 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 — Hillbilly Days — Pikeville — 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 — Lexington Sports Card — 5:30 — 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27- Elizabethtown Mall — 12:30 — 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29 — Tin Roof — Louisville — 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.