‘Julius Randle Day’ highlighted by new court

Kentucky head coach John Calipari always pushes his players to be involved in the Lexington community while they’re at UK, and Julius Randle is one of his many former players who took that message to heart.

On Sunday, with his wife, Kendra, and their 8-month-old son, Kyden, by his side, Randle returned to Lexington for the unveiling of a refurbished basketball court at the Charles Young Center. Randle, with the help of Mountain Dew, helped finance the $65,000 project.

Former Kentucky forward Julius Randle helped finance a new basketball court in Lexington on Sunday. (photo by Chet White, UK Athletics)

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray declared Sunday “Julius Randle Day” in Lexington and thanked him for his work on and off the basketball court, calling him an “adopted son” of Lexington.

Randle felt the same way about Lexington, calling it a second home.

“I just want to say thank you for impacting my life so much when I was here – you know, my short time in my year at Kentucky,” Randle said. “You’ve impacted me so much to where I want to come back and do these things like this. You guys are really like my second family. It’s like a second home.”

Randle was also in Lexington as the subject of a new proposed TV show called “Street Ball Stories,” which aims to show the connections between basketball players, their background in the game and how the game has impacted their lives.