Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Derek Willis Says Julius Randle is a lock as a Wildcat

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Mar 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against the Florida Gators in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Florida 61-57. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Does future Wildcat Derek Willis know something in regards to Julius Randle’s college decision?

The Courier-Journal reported this little nugget yesterday:

Willis, the Bullitt East forward, said Friday at the Sweet 16 that he thinks five-star Texas power forward Julius Randle “is a lock” to commit to the Cats.

Randle, who was added to the roster for the McDonald’s All American Game this past week, will announce his college decision March 20 and is down to UK, Kansas, Texas and Florida.

“As far as Julius Randle goes — and this is all based on what I’ve found, what I’ve read — I think he will come,” Willis said in Rupp Arena, where he received the KABC Sixth Region Player of the Year Award.

Is this wishful thinking and conjecture on Willis’ part or does he really know something. He is awfully sure about Randle, but is less sure about the top overall recruit, Andrew Wiggins:

As for No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, Willis said it’s a “tossup” whether he’ll commit to UK.

“I’ve tried to figure him out,” Willis said. “I’ve read everything and looked him up. I don’t know. I know UK is one of his top two choices, I would say.”

As for Aaron Gordon, Willis is convinced he will stay on the West Coast and I think everyone can agree with that.

Mar 5, 2013, Bloomington, USA; Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Crean holds the net after clinching at least a share of the Big Ten Championship after the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall. Ohio State defeated Indiana 67-58. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In this week’s edition of “What bat-sh** crazy thing will Tom Crean do Next?”, the IU head coach out-did himself.

We didn’t think he could sink any lower than telling his players to flop in a losing effort to Minnesota.

Next, he absurdly had his team cut down nets and wear regular season Big 10 Champion hats after a home loss on Senior Night to Ohio State.

This time, Crean topped it all. After yesterday’s hard-fought win over the Michigan Wolverines for the outright regular season title, Crean went after Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer, grabbed him, and started yelling “You Helped Wreck the Program!!!” in his face as the Wolverine coach was trying to exit the floor.

Meyer was an assistant to Kelvin Sampson when Sampson plunged the Hoosiers into an almost decade long slump after committing numerous NCAA infractions. Here is the video:

As you can see, Crean had to be physically restrained by another person. That’s now three weeks in a row that Tom Crean has done something completely bonkers. Crean did offer an apology to Meyer during the Big 10 teleconference today.

If John Calipari did this he would be crucified in the national and local media. But Crean is picking up steam and is quickly becoming the most hated coach in college basketball. And his fan base eats it up and asks for seconds.

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