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Julius Randle just signed with Kentucky giving them a log jam at the forward position and making their team next year as close to a lock to win it all as I've seen. 9 McDonald's All Americans. Wiltjer is probably 8th man and should probably transfer home to Oregon. Here's a look at the roster as I see it:
Guards: Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow
Forwards: Poythress, Randle, Wiltjer, James Young
Center: Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson
Personally, I already had UK eliminated for Gordon. Gut feeling was he was an Oregon lean lately. But, I'm not even going to pretend that I know for sure. Still believe UA has as good a chance.
I think UofA is gonna end up on the outside looking in with the Aaron Gordon sweepstakes. Oregon has more room on their roster next year for Aaron to play and they are on a real up-swing with Dana Altman coaching his ass off. If Gordon thinks he can come in and start (or get plenty of PT) at the 3, then UofA would be a smart choice... but we're pretty loaded at the 4 which is the position he's playing in HS.
Bear Down Arizona
You forgot Marcus lee
Never really thought UK had a chance with Gordon anyway.
Time to nut up or shut up
The Randle commit to Kentucky less than 18 hours after the Wildcats lost in the first round of the NIT is further proof that the high school guys don't pay any attention to wins and losses when evaluating a program. Brad Allis and I have tried to address this non-issue whenever anyone asks "I wonder if Arizona losing on [insert player name]'s visit has any impact on their decision?" The simple, accurate answer is no. Players, unlike fans, have a more intimate understanding of winning and losing (because they've lost and/or failed plenty throughout their careers).
Incredible get for Kentucky. Randle has very natural basketball instincts for a player his size. At least in high school and the AAU level, he's very good at facing up his defender at the elbow and blowing by them to get to the rack or get fouled. If that can translate to the college game against better defenders he'll undoubtedly be a special player.
National Basketball Recruiting Analyst
Football Writers Association of America
U.S. Basketball Writers Association
I know that Rick Barnes of Texas desperately wanted Randle for these exact reasons.
Yes, Randle is a bigger version of Hamilton who had great success in a Texas uniform. Hamilton a tad more athletic, but Randle much stronger and better scorer IMO.
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