LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Julius Randle has been called a "beast." He's comfortable with that. Expectations are high as he prepares to put on a Kentucky uniform.
"I've been dealing with it most of my life," said Randle in an interview recorded in September. "I just like to focus on getting better. You know, you hear great things about you or whatever, that's just more motivation for me to get better, for sure."
At 6-9, 250 lbs., Randle was the No. 2 consensus recruit in the country behind Andrew Wiggins. Some have projected him to be the No. 1 pick in next June's NBA draft.
Coach John Calipari hasn't been playing Randle under the basket, but playing him the way he played Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones. "I have a lot more options," Randle said. Definitely I can use my quickness which I feel is one of my strengths. Quickness and power, I can use that a lot more when I'm facing up defenders off the dribble."
"He's uncomfortable as he's playing right now," said Calipari. "But it's perfect, it's exactly what I want. But I don't want him afraid to make mistakes. 'Keep missing that righty layup, keep missing those five footers, you'll figure it out."
Randle says he's a perfectionist when it comes to every part of his game and the foundation is hard work. "I think all the hard work I put in this summer, all the hard work I've put in my whole life, I think that on the court it'll pay off."