Apr 212014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

UK freshman Julius Randle will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Lexington to announce whether or not he will enter the NBA Draft.

Randle is considered a likely top-five pick if he does opt to go pro. He led Kentucky with 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season.

There will be live video online of his 1:30 p.m. announcement, which is not open to the public.

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Julius Randle’s mother says no NBA decision yet

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Apr 092014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Julius Randle has not yet made a decision on entering this year’s NBA Draft, his mother told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday night.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that Randle would leave UK after one season to start his professional career.

Carolyn Kyles, the player’s mother, said the report is “not true” and no decision has been made.

“We are planning to talk about it this weekend,” Kyles told the Herald-Leader. “It is amazing how some people would do something like that just to get stuff started.”

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How Randle stacks up: His numbers after 2 games

 Posted by at 6:42 PM on November 10, 2013  1 Response »
Nov 102013
 

Julius Randle has put up some impressive numbers in his first two games as a Kentucky Wildcat. The highly touted freshman has 45 point and 29 rebounds, with double-doubles in the two lopsided victories over UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky.

Here’s a look at how those numbers compare to other UK frontcourt players after their first two games with John Calipari:

First 2 games at UK
Player Points Rebounds Minutes PPG RPG MPG
Julius Randle 45 30 55 22.5 15.0 27.5
Terrence Jones 37 17 65 18.5 8.5 32.5
Anthony Davis 37 16 56 18.5 8.0 28.0
Alex Poythress 28 15 60 14.0 7.5 30.0
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 27 16 63 13.5 8.0 31.5
DeMarcus Cousins 21 14 37 10.5 7.0 18.5
Nerlens Noel 20 17 64 10.0 8.5 32.0

Opponents: Randle (UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky), Noel and Poythress (Maryland and Duke), Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist (Marist and Kansas), Jones (East Tennessee State and Portland), Cousins (Morehead and Miami (Ohio)).

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Jul 032013
 
Nerlens Noel shook hands with David Stern after being selected with the No. 6 overall pick last week. Photo: Associated Press

Nerlens Noel shook hands with David Stern after being selected with the No. 6 overall pick last week.
Photo: Associated Press

ESPN analyst Chad Ford had one of his chat sessions with NBA fans Wednesday, and there were quite a few questions related to Kentucky.

Ford was asked if the teams that passed on Nerlens Noel were concerned with his knee injury. He said they weren’t …

“Doesn’t sound like from all the intel I can gather. I’ve talked to a number of teams that passed on him and none mentioned long-term concerns with the knee. I think they WERE worried about drafting a guy who might not play for them next year. Even the GMs that WANT to be bad next year were worried that their jobs might be in jeopardy if they didn’t have their top draft pick for the year. That’s the sort of short term thinking that put a lot of these teams in the lottery to begin with.”

Ford has Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins going No. 1 in the 2014 draft. But the ESPN analyst is also high on Julius Randle. He was asked whether Randle has a shot of being picked No. 1 instead of Wiggins …

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Wiggins helps World win another Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 9:50 PM on April 20, 2013  2 Responses »
Apr 202013
 
UK signee Andrew Harrison scored 19 points for Team USA on Saturday night.  Photo: Sam Forencich/USA Basketball

UK signee Andrew Harrison scored 19 points for Team USA on Saturday night.
Sam Forencich/USA Basketball

Andrew Wiggins helped lead the World Select team to a victory in the Nike Hoop Summit for the second consecutive year Saturday.

Wiggins scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists for the World, which won 112-98 over a Team USA squad that included UK signees Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison.

UK commitment Karl Towns – whose mother is from the Dominican Republic – had seven points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the World team.

Wiggins, a native of Canada, scored 20 points to lead the World to a win over Team USA in last year’s Nike Hoop Summit, which is played in Portland, Ore.

Randle and Andrew Harrison each scored 19 points for the U.S., which was led by Duke commitment Jabari Parker’s 22 points. Randle had a team-high eight rebounds and Harrison dished out a team-high five assists.

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Apr 182013
 
Kentucky's McDonald's All-Americans, left to right, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young and Julius Randle. Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins are also part of UK's eight-man recruiting class. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Kentucky’s McDonald’s All-Americans, left to right, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young and Julius Randle. Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins are also part of UK’s eight-man recruiting class.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

UK released a statement Thursday announcing the signings of 2013 recruits Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins. The three late commitments join the Harrison twins, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis in UK’s eight-man class.

John Calipari had comments on each of the new signees. Here they are:

Calipari on Randle …

“Julius is another hard-working player who is a great student and person along with being a dominator on the court. He has that will to win that the players I’ve had who have become special have all had. That motor will be important to our success next year. Julius has the skill set to be an inside-outside guy for us. He has the ability to put it on the floor and beat guys off the dribble, but he’s also got the toughness, size and ability to score against bigger defenders. At the end of the day, he’s a true leader whose personal drive is off the charts.”

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Apr 022013
 
UK commitment Dakari Johnson, top left, and UNC signee Kennedy Meeks, top right, stretch out their teammates at McDonald's practice.  Photo courtesy of McDonald's

UK commitment Dakari Johnson, top left, and UNC signee Kennedy Meeks, top right, stretch out their teammates at McDonald’s practice.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

CHICAGO — John Calipari going to have a couple of animals in the post next season. At least, that’s the word from the McDonald’s All-Americans that have had to practice against Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson this week.

The East team workouts have been tough affairs, and Johnson and Randle have been right in the thick of things.

The two UK commitments have been most commonly matched up with North Carolina signee Kennedy Meeks, Indiana signee Noah Vonleh and Florida signee Chris Walker.

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Apr 012013
 

CHICAGO — Aaron Harrison frowned and shook his head when the subject came up. Julius Randle just looked at the floor and chuckled.

Nobody knows where it all got started. Randle and the Harrison twins just want it to end.

The trio spent the last few months hearing and reading about how they were engaged in a bitter feud. Three Texas superstars on two sides of the ball with the one certainty being that they would never play for the same school.

There was zero truth to any of it, they say.

“That was a terrible rumor,” Aaron Harrison told the Herald-Leader. “It’s always been a lie.”

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Apr 012013
 

CHICAGO — McDonald’s All-Americans Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison were all smiles when told Monday that freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein would return to UK for another season.

“I’m happy about that — Willie staying,” Randle said. “Next year, we’ll have a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things. I think it’ll be tough to match up with us.”

As the probable starting point guard, it will be Harrison’s job to make sure everybody meshes on the court. He’s looking forward to adding Cauley-Stein to the mix of five-star high school recruits UK has coming in.

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Mar 252013
 
2013 forward Aaron Gordon is considering Kentucky, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Photo: Associated Press

2013 forward Aaron Gordon is considering Kentucky, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
Photo: Associated Press

Some recruiting stories you might have missed amid the recent Madness …

Aaron Gordon played his final high school game Saturday night. The undecided 2013 prospect and his Archbishop Mitty squad fell to Mater Dei 50-45 in the California state finals. Gordon had 22 points and 20 rebounds in his last game with Mitty. The top-10 recruit will choose among UK, Arizona, Washington and Oregon during next week’s McDonald’s All-American Game. The consensus in recruiting circles is that Gordon, a San Jose native, will stay out West and pick one of the three finalists other than Kentucky. Mater Dei was led by 2014 forward Stanley Johnson, who scored 26 points in the title game and already has a scholarship offer from UK. Gordon and Johnson were teammates last year with the Oakland Soldiers, who won the Peach Jam finals over the summer.

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