By LARRY VAUGHT
Slowly but surely Julius Randle is showing he’s ready to be the leader this Kentucky team desperately needs.
He volunteered to guard LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant Saturday. He forced LSU guard Anthony Hickey to miss a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation. He fought to get the ball and score the game-winning basket with 3.9 seconds left in overtime.
He became more vocal, more demonstrative on the court as the game wound down and the “will to win” that UK coach John Calipari wants clearly came out.
Randle was asked if he’s noticed more scrutiny because he plays at Kentucky. Enjoy this answer that shows why he could be just what UK needs if it wants to make a long March run.
“It is what is (on the scrutiny). I don’t care about that. It may or may not be true, but I’m playing basketball. I didn’t come here to be liked. I came here to win a championship,” Randle said.