Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Julius Randle Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Julius Randle is the subject of much news today. Calipari and Barnhart ask Big Blue Nation to be respectful of each other during Big Blue Madness campout. More.

Today is Julius Randle day. The news is just stuffed with stuff about Randle, and it's all worth a read.

Tweet of the Morning:

Yes. Please do.

Your Quickies:

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  • Dikembe Dixon from Thomas Nelson High in Bardstown was apparently contacted by Kentucky recently. Hat tip: AllkyHoops

  • Forcing UL basketball fans to face reality. Bahahahah. [Hank]

  • More Julius Randle.

  • Coach Cal asks the Big Blue Nation gathered outside Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness tickets to remember to act with decorum and be respectful of others.

  • Heh.

    "On a lot of recruiting, a lot of coaches were like, ‘All right, you will be that guy. You’ll be the guy to score 50, and you’ll be the most dominant player ever,’ " [Marcus] Lee said. "And here they [Calipari and Kentucky] were like, ‘OK, well you’re going to play against the best people in practice, win games, and your life will suck because you have to go against Dakari and Willie (Cauley-Stein).’

    "I was like, ‘Ah, man, that sounds great.’ "

    Marcus Lee is a character. He's becoming a favorite of mine.

  • Wow, indeed:

    Calipari describes this team as a group who can play 15 different ways. The strongest he's ever had at UK. They'll be led by freshman Julius Randle who Calipari describes as a 6'9" Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. If that's true, wow.

  • Dakari Johnson is happy to be a center, and not a "forward." I like a self-aware man who rejects modern convention.

  • Preseason Q&A with John Calipari:

  • Still more Julius Randle:

    How tough [is Randle]? Let fellow Kentucky freshman Marcus Lee explain.

    "Going against Julius Randle is probably the hardest thing I have ever had to practice-wise or scrimmage-wise. I have never gone that hard for a scrimmage. With him, you don’t have a choice," Lee said. "Julius will knock me down, look at me crazy on the floor and then keep going, which is awesome. I wouldn’t expect anything different from him.

    "But he is also the guy after he knocked me down and is walking back down the court, he will say, ‘This is what you did wrong, and don’t do it again.’ And I wouldn’t do it again, which is awesome. It is a great learning experience about how to defend people like him better."

  • Some Kentucky recruits highlight the Ohio Showcase in January.

  • Okay, who ya got? Stephan Van Treese or Willie Cauley-Stein/Dakari Johnson? Easy one for me.

  • Still more Randle.

    "He had great relationships with everybody at school here. Talk to anybody, including the headmaster, and they cannot stop talking about how great a kid he was. I knew the hype and hoopla would not change him. He has great character, a great mom. He’s very well grounded," Mayberry said.

    Still more Randle here.

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