The Kentucky Wildcats took to the court tonight for the first meaningful game since their unceremonious exit from the NIT last season, and it was a good way to bounce back. John Calipari’s squad easily handled UNC-Asheville, 89-57.
But, it’s hard to ignore the inside storyline of this game, and that was the debut of prized freshman recruit, forward Julius Randle.
With a lot of people debating who’s better between he and Kansas’ prize piece, Andrew Wiggins, Randle had the opportunity to state his case first, and he certainly delivered.
Randle finished his collegiate debut with a double-double, scoring 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. He was six-of-12 shooting from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
Again, not a bad debut for the young man who is expected to get Kentucky back to where they need to be after the way last season ended. For someone so young who was recently named a preseason All-American by USA TODAY recently, this was sure a good way to go about validating that.