Julius Randle: “What Does Attainment Mean?”
After the Kentucky Wildcats knocked off Wisconsin in the Final Four Saturday night to advance to the National Championship game against the Connecticut Huskies, all the talk was about Aaron Harrison hitting yet another contested game-winner from beyond the arc. However, the spotlight slowly shifted when, during the postgame press conference, Kentucky’s Julius Randle was asked if he felt any sense of attainment.
Randle gives a split-second, blank stare before turning to his right and asking, “What does attainment mean?”
I’m not one to sit and judge others for their lack of vocabulary skills. After all, I didn’t just score 16 points in a Final Four game. But there’s something that will very obviously be taken away from Randle’s rather embarrassing moment — the continually diminishing perception of the one-and-done college basketball players (especially at larger programs like Kentucky) will take another clean punch to the face.
Quite honestly, I laughed when I first saw the video. I think many college freshmen would have given a ridiculously broad answer in the hopes of somewhat answering the question at hand. Not Randle, though. He leans right on over and has a question of his own.
In a sense then, I guess it would be okay to even have a bit of admiration for the young kid. You can make a pretty safe bet against that, though. Virtually everyone outside the Kentucky basketball fanbase will claim to despise the Wildcats, mostly because of the one-and-done path of what seems like every player who comes through the program.
At the very least, we have another segment of this crazy tournament to force a second look, or listen. I appreciate it.
Tyler Fenwick is a Big 10 writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.