Three quick things on Julius Randle’s announcement


Three quick things from the Julius Randle announcement that he will enter the NBA Draft.

1. The fulfillment of a dream. Yes, said Julius Randle, he considered returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season to try and win a title, but in the end he made a personal decision to enter the NBA. He played at UK for one year. His life-long goal was to play in the NBA.

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Video: Julius Randle’s mom talks about son’s decision

Here is Carolyn Kyles, mother of Julius Randle, talking about her son’s announcement today that he will enter the NBA Draft.

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Tennessee makes a smart hire in Donnie Tyndall


You could argue that Kenneth Faried made Donnie Tyndall. You also could argue that Tyndall helped make Faried, finding a diamond in the Newark rough, then molding a team around the volume-rebounder that as a No. 13 seed shocked No. 4 seed Louisville in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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Will Tennessee now turn to Donnie Tyndall?

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports is reporting that Louisiana Tech coach Mike White has cooled on the idea of becoming Tennessee’s next coach and that the Vols might turn to former Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall, who is at Southern Miss.

White signed a six-year, $3.6 million contract extension this month with Louisiana Tech. He apparently is happy with the security that new contract offers. What does it say, however, when a coach in Conference USA decides that he would rather stay in that conference than go to the SEC?

Tyndall has won 56 games the past two seasons at Southern Miss, taking the Golden Eagles to consecutive NITs. As coach at Morehead State, he engineered the upset of Louisville in the round of 64 during the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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Video: Neal Brown talks about UK offense

After practice this morning, Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown gave the media an update on how things are going with his banged-up offense.

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Video: Mark Stoops on his injured receivers

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after spring practice this morning. Stoops said the injuries are starting to accumulate for his wide receiver corps.

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BBL: Tennessee reportedly focusing on Mike White

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Adam Silver says raising age limit a top priority

New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver tells Brian Windhorst of that he is not only in favor of increasing the league age limit from 19 to 20, he wants to make a top priority.

Silver said the NBA’s Board of Governors talked wit NCAA President Mark Emmert about steps that could be taken to make that happen.

“If we’re going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of players on those college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses,” Silver said. “We haven’t looked specifically at creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That’s been an option that has been raised over the years, but that’s not something that is on the table right now.”

UK coach John Calipari said Thursday that he is in favor of moving the age limit from 19 to 20 so players would have to stay in college for two years.

Windhorst said that if the Players Association agrees, the change could come as early as the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Video: Mark Stoops talks about practice

UK football coach Mark Stoops talks to the media this morning after his team’s spring practice. Stoops said the offense took a step back. He said the defense made plays, but part of that had to do with ineffectiveness by the offense.

The team gets the Easter weekend off before its final week of drills. The Blue-White Spring Game is set for Saturday, April 26.

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Next year’s pre-season No. 1 spot up in the air

With Duke announcing this morning that Rodney Hood is indeed following teammate Jabari Parker into the pro ranks, there appears to be some wavering on the previous consensus that the Blue Devils will be pre-season No. 1 going into the 2014-15 college basketball season.

If the Harrison twins do indeed decide to return to Lexington for another year, and especially if Dakari Johnson commits to a sophomore season, Kentucky could overtake Mike Krzyzewski’s club for the top spot in the pre-season polls.

Duke has the No. 1 recruiting class coming to campus next fall, but UK’s class is not too shabby either. Now add the Harrison’s experience with the returning size of Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein and Marcus Lee and a real debate breaks out.

And what if Julius Randle returns? Sorry, not going to happen.

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