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Continuing his series of "Meet the Wildcats" features with John Calipari's latest bunch of newcomers, Eric Lindsey of posted his profile of Julius Randle on Tuesday morning.

Randle is the top-rated recruit in Kentucky's historic 2013 recruiting class and is already being included in conversations about the nation's top players. Those are lofty expectations for a player who has been on campus for barely a month, but Randle's drive should allow him to handle the hype.

The story touches on the two sides of Randle, his return from an injury during his senior season and why he decided to come to Kentucky:

When Randle committed, the headlines centered on the historic class he had just made at Kentucky, but history had nothing to do with his decision to come to Lexington. Player development and the chance to win were the main reasons the 6-foot-9 forward went with the Cats.

"Ultimately I wanted to win," Randle said. "That was the biggest thing. I wanted to be developed. I feel like this was the place that I could be developed. I feel like the system, how Coach Cal plays ... I feel like it fit me way too well."

From the moment Coach Cal first recruited him to the frequent text messages he exchanges with him now, Randle knew Calipari was going to push him to be the best.

"I don't need anybody to baby me," Randle said. "I came here to be coached. I came here for somebody to push me and make me be the best player I can be. I feel like with Cal and his staff, that's what I'm getting here. That's why I love it so much because I know they're not going to short-change you."

The story is worth a read and the accompanying video worth a watch, so head on over to

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