Many people seem to think that Kentucky is losing ground with Julius Randle, with the common belief being that Kentucky will get either Randle or Andrew Wiggins but not both, but that isn’t stopping John Calipari. Yesterday was the first day of the early signing period, and while Julius Randle didn’t make a decision, he did talk on the phone to one coach before any others: John Calipari.
Randle did acknowledge in his blog on USA Today that his recruitment has been stressful:
In a way I wish I was signing today because it would definitely be a load off of me. I would know where I was going and I wouldn’t have to worry about anything but going hard for my senior year. That would be cool, but I think what I’m doing is the best way to go for me. I’m just taking my time with everything and waiting to see who all will be there when the season is over. I just think it’s the best way to go about it because things can change so much after the season with guys going into the NBA Draft or anything.
Randle also had a nice paragraph about the Kentucky coaches and even calls Kenny Payne “my man”.
Of course I keep in touch with most of the coaches recruiting me pretty regular. I talk to Coach (John) Calipari from time to time, but I really keep in touch with the assistants like Kenny Payne. He’s my man. Him and Coach O (Orlando Antigua).
I think I probably talk to coaches from Kentucky, Texas and Florida the most. I talk to N.C. State a good amount too.
I find Randle’s blog posts to be interesting, engaging and well written. He seems like a great kid and he really knows his basketball. I would love to have him put on a Kentucky jersey and the Wildcats are thick in the hunt with him.
Stop the presses: Jeff Goodman is defending the Kentucky Wildcats. The CBS sports writer tells us that we should not be too quick to judge the Wildcats after the Duke loss and the Maryland win since starting point guard Ryan Harrow was a non-factor in both games due to the flu.
What is clear is that the ceiling is extremely high for Poythress, who finished with 20 points and eight boards. What’s also evident is that Noel is one of the nation’s top rim protectors and can score a bit more than people anticipated, with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. It’s also clear that Jarrod Polson is a nice, feel-good story, but he’s not the answer and logged just a dozen minutes.
But it’ll ultimately be Harrow that changes the complexion of this team, as long as he can return and be effective in running the team.
I agree with Jeff Goodman. I feel kinda dirty.
And finally, congratulations to Matt Smith as he has been named one of the eight finalists for the Danny Wuerffel Trophy. The senior center is up for the award that recognizes academic achievement, community service achievement as well as athletic achievement. In a season full of negativity and doubt, it’s great to see a feel good story like this.