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Randle could still be in McDonalds’s Game; also looking for teammates that will invest in same ‘spiritual realm’


Julius Randle was named to the Jordan Brand Classic April 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn even though he was hurt most of the season and could still be added to the McDonald’s All-American Game April 3 in Chicago.

“Him playing in the McDonald’s game is being talked about,” Plano Prestonwood Christian coach Chris Mayberry said. “I was on a conference call in January where it was said that if  Julius shows he is the Julius everybody knows he could be, he would be added to the roster. I think he has clearly proven who he is on the court. I think he will end up in the game.”

Some feel his college choices are down to Kansas, Texas and Kentucky. He still has Oklahoma in his final six schools, but did not take an official visit there. He was at UK in mid-September for his first official visit. Randle tweeted Monday night that he would announce his college choice March 20 on ESPNU.

“He cut his list to six schools and then got hurt, but the schools did not panic. They knew what the injury was and that he would be fine. We still had people coming in and no one backed off him,” Mayberry said. “I think he is going to take a couple of weeks off and think through the whole thing. He is a super smart kid and will make the best decision for where he thinks the coach will be hard and push him but where he can also enjoy the academic experience. He is a kid that follows the Lord and he is looking for guys that will invest in his future in the spiritual realm, too.”

Mayberry says the school that gets Randle will get much more than just a superb player.

“He really is one of the best kids I’ve ever been around. He’s a great kid,” Mayberry said. “He’s not perfect. None of us are. But he has a great mom and has really been listening to his family and people closest to him and has not strayed from those things. He has a bright future ahead of him wherever he goes. I have been close to him for years and have watched him grow and mature. It has been exciting to be invested in his life and part of seeing him grow to be a man.”

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  1. Karen Sprinkle

    I’m glad to hear that Julius still has a shot at the McDonalds All-American Game. It is such an honor for a kid to be named to the roster, and it would be disappointing if he missed out on it because of an injury.

  2. Keith Black

    It is so good to hear about a young man who is well grounded, honors his family, listens to those advisors who truly have his best interest in mind, and most importantly does his best to honor the Lord. I am a true blue Kentucky fan and certainly I would love for Julius to commit to UK, however my advice for Julius is to pray and seek counsel. Whichever school Julius chooses on his final four list are secular schools and coming from his Christian School environment he will face new challenges. I believe this young man will be successful.

    1. Larry Pup

      Well said Keith. I hope he makes it. He sounds like a great young man who has his life grounded in the things that really count.

  3. Gregory Bush a.k.a. @UKCatsRedsColts

    Here’s Julius Randle’s concerns and thoughts about going to the McDonalds game after injury.

    “One other thing that I’ve really been thinking about is the McDonalds All-American game.I know I’ll be OK basketball-wise,but the thing that this injury has done is get me worried about my chances to fulfill my dream of playing in this game.”

    “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine,and to think that something that was completely out of my control could stop me from playing really bothers me.I’ll definitely be back to 100 percent well before the McDonald’s game so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to play. I had heard that you have to play in a certain amount of games during the season to be eligible,and I’m working hard to get back as soo as I possibly can.”

    “I’ll do whatever it takes to play in that game.I have heard that the rule was put into place for guys who move around to different schools,and that’s not me.I’m just hoping that the committee will be to see what I’ve done to this point and feel like it’s enough to get me in,especially since it was a freak accident that has me sidelined and be back and ready way before the game.”

    “Growing up you always see your favorite players play in that game.I’ve talked to so many guys who have played in that game and they’ve told me how great it is.”

    “All of my favorite players have played in it,and I want to have my own experience at the game,I’ve got a 3.1 GPA and I definitely don’t get into any trouble or anything.I just work hard at this game and I’m hopeful that’s gonna be enough to get me in.I’m leaving it in God’s hands.”

    You can tell Julius is passionate about the MsDonalds game.
    Lets hope they decide to put Julius in.

    Heres a link for Julius’s blog:


  4. King Ghidora

    He sure sounds like a young man with his head on straight. That used to be the first requirement to be a Cat when Rupp was coach. He would take players with the right attitude and make basketball players out of them. I think there’s some of that in Cal too but it’s not always easy to fill a roster making it a #1 recruiting class and making it a class of players with their heads on straight. I do believe Cal tries though especially given that some top 10 players wanted to play at UK but weren’t asked to do it. Maybe I’m wrong but I look at the things Cal gets involved in and I see a lot of Rupp especially with his charity work. It makes me think that he looks at the character of his players early on but maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part. I don’t know him well enough to say that for sure. Some well connected media guy might ask him for me some day. :D

    I too am especially glad to see that Randle puts the Lord in His proper place because nothing else is more than tinkling brass anyway. Service to God is the real story of all our lives. It makes me want to see him in a Cat uniform all the more.

    1. Karen Sprinkle

      King, Cal was asked that very thing (recruiting for character) in one of his early Mailbag segments, and as I recall, he said that is one thing that they very strongly consider very early on in the process. He also said at the Women’s Clinic that if he ever saw a player being disrespectful to his mother or grandmother, they would immediately stop recruiting the player.

      1. R.Day

        “He also said at the Women’s Clinic that if he ever saw a player being disrespectful to his mother or grandmother, they would immediately stop recruiting the player.” Coach said this around the time that he stopped showing much interest in Chris Walker, and I always felt that to be the reason.

        1. larryvaught

          Calipari has standards he expects his players to follow

      2. King Ghidora

        I remember hearing about him saying that. I still wonder whether just how character and talent balance out in Cal’s mind. It appears that character takes the front position but by how much is another question. I know that’s a vague question but I think it’s an important question. I learned basketball from Rupp and I still believe in doing it the way he taught it. For example King Kelley Coleman was said to have lost his spot on the UK roster because he got drunk after losing in the state tournament. Coleman was supposedly one of the very best to ever pick up a basketball. Rupp called him, “The greatest prep basketball player in history”, But Rupp withdrew his scholarship offer, if my memory serves me, because of the night of drinking. That’s how I heard it but I wasn’t there. I also heard Rupp reported him for recruiting violations because he had decided to play for West Virginia. All I know for sure is that Rupp talked about being a coach who looked at character first.

  5. Karen Sprinkle

    It was announced today that Julius Randle has been added to the McDonald’s roster. I’m glad he will get the chance to participate in the game.

  6. K. Alan Miller

    As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ it is very encouraging to hear of a young man like Julius who has such a strong character and love for the Lord. I often pay attention to what people read for inspiration and I’ve noticed that Calipari reads many books I personally have read and would recommend for spiritual leadership. The athletic and spiritual atmosphere in the bluegrass state would serve as a great college home and training ground for Julius. With the current class of great players coming in and with what will be returning Julius could be the key in bringing another championship to the BBN. Julius, I’m praying for you, your family and your decision!

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