Posted: Oct 2, 2013 4:21 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Oct 2, 2013 4:24 PM
Spend a moment going back in time and looking through the rosters and all the great All-Americans at the University of Kentucky. To say that Julius Randle is going to be the best of all time at this point? You can't do that. But to say he could be there with anyone?
Randle is 6-feet-9 inches and somewhere between 245 and 250 pounds. He was considered the number two player in the country, averaging 32 points and 22 rebounds a game. Many call him a beast. Two of his teammates gave him a new nickname....Superman.
"That's the first time I heard that one," says Randle who was laughing.
Superman wasn't perfect. He had his kryptonite, his weakness.
"Early morning conditioning."
"Yeah it is crazy. It's definitely a compliment. I definitely appreciate it. It's humbling. With all of that comes a lot of hard work and responsibility."
Randle wears no. 30 because that was his mother's number. Some who are tall haven't always been comfortable with the height.
"It's never been a problem for me. I think just because of my mom, she is a dominant personality and she has always been tall. Kind of carried over to me."
How a player thinks of themselves is important. It's Randle on Randle the player.
"Skilled, strong, athletic, versatile and I would say a leader."
Randle the person is different.
"I'm happy-go-lucky. I go with the flow. I just like relaxing. Hanging out with my teammates, my friends, my family. I'm real laid back. I like going out and doing things, but I just like being with my family."
Randle has a level of confidence that will make any True Blue Fan smile.
What can stop you from winning the national championship this year, or is there anything that can stop you?
"Just ourselves, that's all I have to say. I think we have the talent. I think we have the coaches. We have all the resources in the world to be as good as we want to be. But, it's up to us and our commitment level."
The swagger for UK basketball seems to be back.