Tom Izzo Says Julius Randle "Was Ornery, Nasty and Wanted to Put Them on His Shoulders"

By Dave Daniels
Tom Izzo Michigan State Spartans
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Regretfully, Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo was the one press conference that I could not make it to this Tuesday, but his coaching at the Champions Classic was truly impressive, especially the way his squad jumped out to a 10-0 lead. It ended in a marquee win for the Spartans that could propel them to the number one seed in the country. Izzo though? He was impressed by Kentucky Wildcats Julius Randle’s performance in the second half of the game, and you can bet that the 25 pro GMs in attendance were impressed as well.

“What I loved about him, he gritted his teeth, was ornery and nasty and he wanted to put them on his shoulders,” Izzo said. “For a freshman, that speaks volumes. He completely did that. You could see it and hear him. Tough kid.”

If he can clean up the turnovers and the Wildcats can fix their spacing issues, then we could be looking at our 2014 national champion folks. Randle may have guaranteed himself a top three spot in the draft with his performance Tuesday, and in particular was impressed by his rebounding tenacity.

In case you missed the ending of the game here is some video of the crowd reaction from the nose bleed press section, apologies did not catch video of a better play the way it worked out with the Andrew Wiggins video.

This freshman class is no joke folks, so get used to watching them play basketball because they are going to be doing it for a long time.

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