Preseason quotable: "There's a mental adjustment for all freshmen they all have to make. He's in the process of doing that. He's doing a great job with accepting that. But his skill-set is something you can't teach, his quickness, his athleticism, he has a great feel for the game. He really understands the things we're trying to do. He's going to get better every day." -- Duke senior guard Tyler Thornton on Oct. 16.
In-season quotable: "He's a very good player. He's an extremely good athlete and there isn't much from a technical standpoint he's not capable of doing. He s good ball handler, good passer. He is smart. He is quick, athletic and he is focused." -- Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton after Parker scored 14 points and had 14 rebounds in a 78-56 Duke win.
Valleys: There have been few games in which Randle hasn't simply been a machine. One of those was against North Carolina, when he was never a factor in the game. He's had a recurring issue with cramping, which, most notably, limited him to a season-low 21 minutes against Louisville. Among the stats Randle leads the team in is turnovers. From Boise State to Arkansas, a stretch of seven games, Randle had two assists and 21 turnovers.
Key stat: Randle is starting to realize he doesn't have to do it all. Three games before LSU he had a combined 10 assists, which is nearly a third of his total (33) for the season.
Preseason quotable: "I come in last night. I'm in my office about 11:00 (p.m.), 10:30. He's in there shooting. This morning, I hear bump, bump, bump, and I look out my window in the morning, and he's got a full sweat going, and he's going to practice today. So when you ask me, does he have a chance at (National Player of the Year)? Yes, he does because of that. The only kid that worked like that that I've had has been a Brandon Knight." Kentucky coach John Calipari on Oct. 15.
In-season quotable: "You have to understand, he's in a dogfight. I think right now that he's the only college player that when he catches the ball, he's got three guys on him. I don't know if there's another college player. You'd have to tell me who that would be. And they're being physical. So he's not just running down the court, he's like in a football game." Calipari on Jan. 11 after Randle scored seven points against Vanderbilt.