John Calipari knows a surefire way Julius Randle could terrorize the college basketball world from the moment he first sets foot on the floor. If Calipari would just send his 6-foot-9, 250-pound “alpha beast” into the post, he’s certain Randle would dominate.
Because of that, you’d likely assume Coach Cal is sending his prized freshman forward into the paint in preseason practices where Randle can immediately capitalize on his size, strength and athleticism.
You’d be wrong.
“That’s not preparing him for what’s ahead for him,” Calipari said at Tuesday’s Media Day. “I could play him at seven feet and try to win college games, tell him, I’m really helping you, or I can make him play out on the floor like we did Patrick Patterson.”