For a while now, there have been rumblings that some sort of beef existed between 2013 recruits Aaron and Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle. Much of this stems from an intense on court rivalry between their respective teams that dates back to their elementary school days (h/t to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader).
On Tuesday, Randle took to his blog on USA Today to clear the air. The first thing he did was dispel the rumors that a problem ever existed between him and the Twins. He began by stating:
...the other thing I want to clear up is the crazy rumor about there being some sort of beef between Andrew and Aaron Harrison and me. That is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, honestly. I’ve tried to ignore it but everyone is making it a big thing. I can tell you, 100 percent, that all three of us are cool.
I’ve got the utmost respect for those guys and their games and we’re actually cool with each other. Every time I see them, we talk and hang out so I don’t know where that came from.
He went on to say that he "loved that they're at Kentucky" and that playing with them would give the Wildcats a legitimate shot at a National Championship, which had to be music to the Big Blue Nation's ears.
Even if rumors of a rift between the young men had been true, it probably isn't something anyone should have been worried about in the first place. Athletes at this level are going to be intensely competitive, both in their on the court efforts and in making decisions that will help them attain their future goals and dreams.
Randle is a heck of a ball player, but he's also a very smart kid. I highly doubt that he would cross a school like Kentucky off his list due to a conflict from fifth grade that may not have even existed.
What Wildcat fans SHOULD take away from all this is that Randle felt the need to discuss how highly he thinks of the Harrison Twins—and that he would love to play with them at Kentucky.
Please feel free to leave a comment below. If you'd like to sing my praises or tell me how terrible I am more personally, I can also be found on Twitter.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!