Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 4/7/14

Julius Randle is the most NBA ready of Kentucky’s neo-Fab 5 freshmen. He’s the only one of the Kentucky Wildcats starting five who could possibly be drafted top five overall in June. If UK wins it all tonight (they’re favored by three) it will only heighten the discussion of the so-called “one and done” policy/NBA Draft minimum age rule. Since John Calipari has a de facto NBA Developmental League team, and a lot of people really don’t like Coach Cal, there’s been a whole lot of talk about this issue already. Julius Randle gave an answer to a reporter Sunday that adds more food for though in the one and done debate. Julius Randle on if he had the option to go pro after high school, would be have chosen that instead of college: “I really don’t know. I am certainly happy that I chose to go to college. I probably still would have chosen to go to college. It is what I needed as far as maturity level. A lot of people think they are ready, but in actuality, you are really not. I am really happy that I chose to go to college and first off, get that experience of being away from home. This year has been wonderful for me as far as maturity level and kind of growing me into a young man. I am extremely happy, whether they had the rule or not, that I chose to come to college.” Is Julius Randle truly speaking from the heart, or just espousing the party line? I’ll let you debate that. To determine the answer, I’ll ask you another question. Do you think Coach Cal is an honest man? I’ve interviewed numerous Kentucky blue chip recruits, several McDonald’s All-Americans over the last few years and whenever I ask them what makes Calipari such a great recruiter, they all give a similar answer: his honesty. Do you believe them? Paul M. Banks owns The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also a frequent guest on national talk radio. Banks is a former contributor to NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, who’s been featured on the History Channel. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) Follow paulmbanks The post Julius Randle says he would have choosen college over the NBA appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.

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