Julius Randle was a high-school junior sitting in study hall when he first found out.
His schoolwork done, Randle came across the news that the Final Four would be coming to AT&T Stadium in 2014. Thinking two years in his future, Randle pictured himself a college freshman playing for a national championship mere miles from where he grew up.
He hasn’t stopped thinking about it since.
“It’s been my screensaver for about two years,” Randle said.
A year after he first found out North Texas would host the Final Four, Randle was in AT&T Stadium. Watching Florida and Michigan play in the Elite Eight just weeks after committing to Kentucky, Randle’s focus only intensified.