Kentucky's Randle named NABC All-American

March 26, 2014 

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle was named a third-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Wednesday.

Randle was one of only three freshmen chosen to the NABC teams.

Randle is the fifth freshman in the John Calipari era to earn All-America accolades from the NABC, joining DeMarcus Cousins (2010), Anthony Davis (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012) and John Wall (2010).

Randle leads the nation with 22 double-doubles. He's averaging team bests in points (15.1) and rebounds (10.6).

Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named to the NABC first team, along with Arizona's Nick Johnson, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Michigan's Nik Stauskas.

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made the second team, and was joined by Cleanthony Early of Wichita State, C.J. Fair of Syracuse, Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati and Russ Smith of Louisville.

In addition to Randle, the third team included Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, North Carolina State's T.J. Warren and Florida's Scottie Wilbekin.

Wednesday's award added to Randle's growing stockpile. He was recently named a freshman All-American by the National Association of Basketball Writers. He also was chosen as Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and SEC Newcomer of the Year by the league's coaches and The Associated Press, respectively. Both the coaches and the AP made him a first-team All-SEC selection. He also earned SEC all-tournament honors.

UK alumni event before Friday's game

UK alumni and fans are invited to attend the UK Alumni Association pre-game event Friday at 4 p.m. at the Tin Roof restaurant in Indianapolis before Kentucky plays Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Tin Roof is at 36 South Pennsylvania Street.

The UK band and UK cheerleaders will stop by for a special performance at about 6:30 p.m.

The Tin Roof, which will show the game on television, is a short walk from Lucas Oil Stadium.

If Kentucky advances, a similar event will take place on Sunday.

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