Friday, June 27, 2014

UK's Randle, Young 2014 Post NBA DRAFT Interviews

Julius Randle Intervew Transcript After The Draft

Julius Randle
THE MODERATOR: Julius, if you'd just start opening statements about being drafted by the Lakers, please.
JULIUS RANDLE: Yeah, I couldn't be more blessed and fortunate to go to an organization like Los Angeles. To be able to learn from those guys. They've had so much history and so much success in the past, and to be able to go to an organization like that, who's had amazing players in the past and learn from a guy like Kobe?? I mean, I couldn't be more happy. This is truly a blessing for me.
Q. You mentioned Kobe, what's it going to be like now being able to learn from him and compete alongside of him?
JULIUS RANDLE: I'm going to learn a lot. He may get tired of me because I'm going to be bugging him learning, trying to learn stuff from him. So I'm going to learn a lot from him.
But I think it's more than him. He was blessed to be in an organization like the Lakers as well. Talent alone, his work ethic alone got him there, but I think the Lakers was the right fit, the right organization for me to go to.
Q. Kobe Bryant is known to kind of demand a lot from his teammates.
Q. Are you ready for that kind of commitment, and what are you going to bring to the Lakers? They have a lot of empty spots.
JULIUS RANDLE: I demand a lot from my teammates as well, holding each other accountable, putting extra work in was what I had to do at Kentucky. It was what I demanded of my teammates, and that's what we did, and that's why we were successful.
I think I bring a lot to the Lakers as far as a skill set being able to shoot the ball, handle the ball, of course my post?game. But I think I bring a lot to L.A. for sure.
Q. Talk more about your post game and how that can be an advantage with the lack of post play going on in the league right now?
JULIUS RANDLE: I think it can be a huge advantage. A lot of the league is going to small ball, but the good thing about me, I'm interchangeable. I can play small ball because I can guard multiple positions because I really can move.
But you know, I think it's going to be an advantage for me to be able to take a smaller guy inside but also take a bigger guy on the outside.
Q. It's certainly an honor to be drafted by any of these franchises, being in Los Angeles with the endorsements it brings, did that cross your mind? Is that something your agent spoke about, even informally? It seems like you're natural for that market.
JULIUS RANDLE: It may be a national market. I'm not worried about endorsements though. Lakers, that's about championships. That's what I want to bring.
I'm nothing other than a winner. I think that's my biggest attribute and my biggest quality I can bring to a team. The endorsements and all that stuff will come with it.
Q. We'll get there.
JULIUS RANDLE: I'm not worried about it.
Q. There was sort of an eruption there with you and your family at the table. What was that moment like? I know you have been waiting a long time.
JULIUS RANDLE: We're just ecstatic. All the hard work that's been put in, and for this to finally happen, what can I really say?
I'm blessed to be in an organization like this. Really just speechless, honestly.
Q. What did she say to you?
JULIUS RANDLE: She was just happy. She couldn't really say anything. She was just screaming.
Q. There was a report that came out about your foot and that it might have required surgery. Obviously, turned out not to be true. You refuted it from the very start. How is it a balance, though, if you would have been drafted higher, you go to a worse team, but you get drafted lower and you end up with an organization like the Lakers. Sort of what's the balance there?
JULIUS RANDLE: I mean, it's sort of a balance, I guess. I really wasn't worried about it. Whatever organization or team I went to, I would be blessed to go to. That's where God wanted me to be. But happily, it's in L.A.
Q. Are you fully healthy now? Do you expect to be able to play in Summer League for the Lakers?
JULIUS RANDLE: I expect to, but different doctors have different opinions. So you really never know. But as far as the start of the season, that's what I'm worried about. I mean, I'll be there.
Q. Julius, you're obviously working toward this since getting to Kentucky. How do you think it prepared you for this?
JULIUS RANDLE: It prepared me for a lot. Kentucky's basketball is the only thing Kentucky knows. We have horse racing and stuff, but they care about basketball.
When you have a place that sells out 24,000 a game, name another place that does that. L.A., what do they care about? They don't have a football team. They have hockey, the Kings, or whatever, but L.A., they won a championship. The Lakers?? when you think of L.A., you think of the Lakers. That is no disrespect to the hockey team. You just won a Stanley Cup. That's pretty ridiculous. That's pretty ridiculous. A Stanley Cup is ridiculous. So congrats to them.
But the city of L.A., you got Magic, all those guys, Kobe, that's what you think of. You think of the Lakers, and that's what I'm really excited to go to.
Q. Julius, congratulations. You were in this building 14 months ago playing in the Jordan Brand Classic. Compare and contrast your feelings being a high school student playing here and now being selected for the NBA Draft.
JULIUS RANDLE: It's an amazing feeling. I also had a game here in Barclays when I played versus Providence. So it's a totally different feeling, three different events, and luckily each time it's been a really good time here.
This draft has been really good for me as well.
Thank you.
James Young Intervew Transcript After The Draft

 BROOKLYN, NEW YORKTHE MODERATOR: James, if you could just start with an opening statement about being drafted by Boston, please.
JAMES YOUNG: I'm very excited to be drafted by this organization, and I can't wait to get started. It's been a long time coming, and like I said, I'm very excited.
Q. James, Marcus is going with you to the Boston Celtics. You guys as a backcourt tandem, talk about what you'll bring to the Celtics and playing with Rajon Rondo and Kelly Olynyk.
JAMES YOUNG: I feel like attacking the basket and getting open shots and creating for others really.
Me and Marcus, I feel like we really work together in the backcourt.
Q. Do you and Marcus have any history together?
JAMES YOUNG: Not at all.
Q. Are you going to build some?
JAMES YOUNG: Definitely. We can always build a relationship and definitely just start from there.
Q. James, talk about what you know about the rich history of the Celtics organization, if any.
JAMES YOUNG: I really don't know that much about it, but I got to start doing my history now, I guess.
Q. James, sort of along those lines, you and Julius go to the two most storied franchises in the NBA. He was giddy about his landing spot. I assume you are as well. What did you say with Calipari? He said he was thrilled about where Julius landed.
JAMES YOUNG: I'm really excited, like I said. Cal said he had a feeling I was coming up soon. When I got called, it was just a big smile on both our faces. I came a long way, and Cal's been there for me.
Q. What do you make of that, you and Julius both ending up in maybe nontraditional spots for?? you might go to a loser right away, and now you have a chance to go to a franchise and win.
JAMES YOUNG: Like I said, I'm very excited. He's doing well going to the Lakers, and I feel like I'm going to do well going to the Celtics. I'm pretty sure we'll cross paths soon.
Q. On a lighter note, the last time you were here at the Barclays Center, you were sitting next to a lovely recording artist by the name of Rihanna. Are you going to invite her to one of your Celtic games or invite her when you come to the Barclays Center?
JAMES YOUNG: Yeah, I mean, of course I will. Who wouldn't? If she wants to come, then yeah, I definitely would.
Q. Did you speak with her at all?
JAMES YOUNG: I got to talk to her a little bit. She's a cool person, a sweet lady, and I kind of met her at halftime, too. She's really nice.
Q. Just wanted to talk about what do you think you can bring to the Celtics team? Have you actually watched the team this upcoming season, too?
JAMES YOUNG: Yeah, I watched a little bit of them. Definitely a lot of energy to the team on the offensive side. Attack the basket and really just put a lot of points on the board. That's what I'm there for. So really just be an all around player and look for open guys.
Q. How did you choose Roc Sports as your agent? There are a lot of agents out there.
JAMES YOUNG: They were talking to my dad for a little bit, but when I sat down and talked to them, it was more of a family?based thing instead of just business. I'm a big family guy. Once dad brought that up, he came to me, and I definitely had to go with them. Going with Jay?Z but still family based means a lot.
Q. What kind of relationship do you already have with Rajon Rondo, if any? And how well do you know any of the guys you're about to play with?
JAMES YOUNG: I haven't really talked to Rajon, and I have a relationship with probably nobody on the team.
Me and Marcus, we roomed together at the Combine a little bit. So me and him have a little connection.
Q. That being said, what can the guys already on the roster expect from you as a teammate?
JAMES YOUNG: A guy that's going to be confident, learn from the veteran guys, and definitely just?? definitely, like I said, just learn really, have them show me the ways and just be a part of the team, be a great teammate.
Q. Tell me what do you know about Brad Stevens, and also how do you feel about being able to grow with a new coaching staff in Boston as you start your career?
JAMES YOUNG: Like I said, I don't really know much about the Celtics. I just got to start doing my research tonight. Yeah, that's basically it.
Q. The Celtics just came off a great era with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen. Now they're forming sort of the next generation with Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. How does that feel with the torch being passed to you young guys?
JAMES YOUNG: Just feel like we got to keep going along with the energy and toughness that Boston has. Just going along with it. I feel like we can be a very good team. I feel like, if we just connect together, we can be real good.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

UK Men's "Big Blue Bahamas" Basketball Tour

Big Blue Bahamas tour set for mid-August

(all games at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium)
Sunday, August 10: Puerto Rico Reserve Team... 5 pm ET
Monday, August 11: Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket… 1 pm ET
Tuesday, August 12: Puerto Rico Reserve Team... 1 pm ET
Wednesday, August 13: OFF DAY
Thursday, August 14: Dominican Republic National Team... 5 pm ET
Friday, August 15 OR Saturday, August 16: Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket… 1 pm ET
Sunday, August 17: Dominican Republic National Team. Noon ET

Thursday, June 12, 2014

UK's 2014-15 Men's Basketball Roster

NumberNamePos.Ht.Wt.Cl.Hometown (Last School)
13Sam MaloneGuard5-11185SRScituate, Mass. (Scituate)
32Brian LongGuard5-9155SRDumont, N.J. (River Dell)
21Tod LanterGuard6-2190SRLexington, Ky. (Gulf Coast State CC)
15Willie Cauley-SteinForward7-0244JROlathe, Kan. (Northwest)
22Alex PoythressForward6-8239JRClarksville, Tenn. (Northeast)
00Marcus LeeForward6-9215SOAntioch, Calif. (Deer Valley)
2Aaron HarrisonGuard6-6218SORichmond, Texas (Travis)
5Andrew HarrisonGuard6-6215SORichmond, Texas (Travis)
24EJ FlorealGuard6-3195SOPalo Alto, Calif. (Dunbar)
25Dominique HawkinsGuard6-0193SORichmond, Ky. (Madison Central)
31Derek WillisForward6-9205SOMt. Washington, Ky. (Bullitt East)
44Dakari JohnsonCenter7-0265SOBrooklyn, N.Y. (Montverde Academy)
12Karl TownsCenter7-0250FRMetuchen, NJ(St. Joseph HS)
41Trey LylesForward6-10250FRIndianapolis, IN (Arsenal Technical HS)
1Devin BookerGuard6-5180FRMoss Point, MS (Moss Point HS)
3Tyler UlisGuard5-9150FRChicago Heights, IL (Marian Catholic HS)

2014 Pre-Camp look at QBs

Maxwell Smith: His career is best marked by injuries. I said all along last season that he should have been the starter and R Phillips the backup. His 2013 injury probably means that he will never take another snap at UK

D. Barker: Enrolled early an is coming along. He still needs to RS this season though.

R. Phillips: Has come along. As stated above should have seen the field last season early and often. He should be in the 2 deep.

P. Towles: Seemed to lack mental toughness until thia season. Has a great arm and needs to take the challenge and word is that he is doing just that now. He should start.

D. Davis: Surprise, surprise, surprise. Yes IMO, whatever that is worth he should see practice time as a 3rd string QB. He should also be considered as a return specialist and WR. He is what Whitlow wanted to be is a running/option QB

So here is how I break it down:

  • P Towles - Starter. He is the now 
  • R Phillips - 2nd string. Just waiting fir Towles to slip
  • D Davis - 3rd string. Im thinking Antwan Randle El here
  • M Smith - Medical, transfer or drop football-noone is a bugger homer for this kid than me, but he has lost too much zip
  • D Barker - RS. It gives another year of space between he and Towles. He is the future

Fire away!!

2014 Preview of DB's for UK:

Zach Blaylock: (RS Sophomore) a twin to Daron who RS last year. Very undersized, but was a playmaker in HS. Truly hard to see him as a significant player unless he has really changed his game. I said that both of the twins should have transferred after their freshman year

Daron Blaylock: (true Junior) twin to Zach. He has not really proven to be a difference maker at this point, and do not see him ever becoming one given the roster upgrades for the position. Some has suggested that he might move to LBer, but he just does not really seem to fit in there either given his size.

Chris Davis: (Sophomore) another twin who transferred into UK from Pitt, I never really understood all of the hype and really do not see where he fits into the program. There just seems to be more talent now especially given his smaller stature.

JD Harmon: (Junior). Led DBs in INTs as a true freshman in 2012 with 2. Had to sit out last season due to academics. Supposedly practiced well last year on the practice squad. Looks to be back with a vengeance, and be up to the dog fight for field time. He needs to stay in order to provide depth and allow the team to RS one of the incoming players.

Fred Tiller: (Junior). He has really been torched at times, yet seems to be falling fast with the 13 and 14 classes now on campus. He really has to step up his game or he will never see the field again.

Cody Quinn: (Junior). Pretty much the same kind of player as Tiller. Both got beat out by Willis last season and probably would have been beaten out by Hytche if he had not been injured.

Glenn Faulkner: (Junior). Not really sure where to start. Very immature, lazy and sulky which is not a good combination given his production level up to this point and where this roster is headed at this point. He has 2 yrs. left, I and I am totally convinced that he needs a change of scenery.

Jaleel Hytche: (Sophomore). Lifetime UK fan. Got injured in the middle of the season sort of came along some when he came back from injury. At this point, I would guess him and Willis as the starting CBs going into camp.

Blake McClain: (Sophomore). As a true freshman, there were times that he looked like the only true SEC Caliber player on the field for UK. He was also showing leadership in telling the other players to “just play fast”. He will be much better this year, and he will probably start at SS or at least should IMO..

Nate Willis: (Senior). By far, the best CB on the team in 2013. He returns for his final season as an entrenched starter. Needed time to adapt to the SEC, but really came on at times. Many are saying that he has taken to the challenge and will indeed start and has improved significantly which is a good thing.

Ashley Lowery: (Senior). Again, not sure what to say. Very athletic. Almost died in a car crash in June of 2013 and is fortunate to be alive. He gets burned quite a bit which is surprising given his skill set and where everyone thought that he would be as a player. Never really made the impact that most thought that he would when he arrived on campus. Is probably in the 2-3. Seemingly never had field vision not recognition skills.

A.J. Stamps: has come in and is playing safety. He has made a statement; it is almost impossible to conceive of him not starting. He is already demonstrating that he is a playmaker before camp even starts for the season.

2014 Freshmen:

Mike Edwards: looks to be the real deal. He will be hard to keep off of the field.

Kendall Randolph: a 4* recruit from Florida, Widely recruited-24 offers, he definitely belongs at least seemingly. If you want a true freshman starting at CB, my guess is that it would be Randolph.

Jared Tucker: Comes from Stephenson HS in Georgia. He looks to change the fact that UK has gotten several recruits from there, and almost no production other than Raymond Sanders. He was highly recruited with 20 offers.

Darius West: has had 2 broken legs, but everyone says that he is ready. One of the famous Ohio recruits who looks to probably be on the field sooner rather than later-presuming that he is healthy.

Here are the sure fire superstars (excluding freshmen) that I am aware of so far: AJ Stamps, J Hytche, N Willis, B McClain, and JD Harmon (who I would probably move to safety). The rest of the depth will shake out, and there is some talent now although almost all of it is in the freshman and sophomore classes. UK now has 16 players in the DB unit which is about 2-3 too many. I think that they will probably play a couple of the true freshmen and RS a couple of them. There is a lot of tremendous athletes at the DB position now. The Juniors are in real trouble.