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Top recruit Julius Randle blogs about his Kentucky decision, Wale and expectations

Julius Randle is the No. 2 prospect in the Rivals150for 2013 and he recently picked Kentucky over Texas, Kansas and Florida.Randle, a forward at Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.

What’s up everybody, I’m officially a part of Big Blue Nation.

I’m so happy that this is all over. Now I can get back to focusing on basketball and getting better. No more coaches calling and texting all the time, no more media asking the same questions over and over, just school and basketball. I love it!

I had so many people hitting me up after I decided, like my boys Andrew and Aaron (Harrison) were some of the first to hit me, then Dakari (Johnson), James (Young), Shabazz (Muhammad), Tony (Parker), Rod (Purvis)…

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Wale hit me up too.

He basically just said, 'Congrats bro, you know I’m rockin’ with you. I’ll be at your first game.' That was pretty cool. He’s like my big bro.

Then it made me feel good that Coach (Billy) Donovan from Florida hit me up and congratulated me on my decision that night. We were pretty close so I liked that. We heard from Kansas and Texas too, so that was cool.

I can’t wait to get to Kentucky!

In the first couple of hours my Twitter followers went up by more than 11,000. That’s just crazy, but we all know Kentucky has the best fans. I can’t wait to get down there and play for them and play for Coach Cal. It’s gonna be crazy.

I was at Benihana when I heard about the loss to Robert Morris, and of course I hated that they lost, but it’s a young team and it’s been a tough year. We’ve had injuries and things like that, so that would be tough for anyone. Plus, there was a lot being put on their shoulders this season coming off the national championship.

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Next year we’ll come in and do what we need to do.

Now I know that people said the same thing coming into this year, but I think the difference is the situation. We’ll have a chip on our shoulders after this season. Those guys this year had the bull’s-eye and we won’t look at ourselves like that. We’ll feel like we’ve got a lot to prove even if everyone’s saying we’re great and all that.

We’ve got a lot of guys that can really simplify each other’s roles. This is a special group of guys who just have that mentality that you can’t teach. We will get Kentucky back to where it’s supposed to be.

We’re not worried about all the hype with people saying we’re the best class ever and we’re better than the Fab Five. We haven’t proven anything yet. That’s what next season will be about. Proving.

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I’ve never been the type of person that fed in to hype so all of this hype that’s already started, and I’m sure will get even worse won’t affect me at all. I don’t know, I’m just built different I think.

I’m looking forward to so much when I get down there.  Everything from having Chef Chris (Cain) in the player’s dorm cooking for us to Big Blue Madness.

I am really looking forward to that. It’s gonna be crazy. Kentucky has the best Midnight Madness event.

I don’t know if I’m gonna go all “John Wall” and come out with a dance or anything like that, but I’ll have something. Probably not a dance though!

OK guys, well let me get outta here.

I appreciate you guys reading, as always, and I’ll be back with another blog soon.


Don’t forget to follow Randle on Twitter @J30_Randle.



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