Calipari sold Julius Randle on chance to develop against top players

Julius Randle

“If there’s one thing Calipari has proven, it’s he knows how to manage talented kids,” Daniels said.  Many of them, such as Randle and Johnson, noted they picked to get pushed not only in the SEC, but in practice also.

“It’s going to be a war,” Johnson said.

The six All-Americans praised Calipari’s honesty, pedigree for producing lottery picks and demanding style for choosing Kentucky. While other coaches told Randle how much they “love” him, Calipari focused on his weaknesses, and challenged him to want to battle Lee and Young every day.

“No other coach said that,” the sculpted 6-foot-9 Randle said.

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