FAIRVIEW -- There's no beating home cooking, especially when it's served up by Jeff Webster from Fairview.

The mentor to Kentucky freshman basketball phenom Julius Randle hosted a party for Wildcats players' parents and Julius' family on Friday night.

'He's finally home -- he loves coming home!' said Julius' grandmother, Annie Page.

But this party will have to do without its local star. Randle, a North Texas product, was back with his basketball team preparing for the big Final Four semifinal set for Saturday.

Carolyn Kyles, Randle's mother, said she's nervous, but knows all the hard work her son has put in is finally on display. Kyles said many people have seen the highlight-reel dunks, but wishes everyone could really get a chance to sit down and talk with Julius to know he truly is.

'I've seen two parent homes where they've had so much trouble, and God has blessed me to have such a wonderful son,' Kyles said.

Jeff Webster remembers a lanky fifth grader. He saw Julius on Wednesday, but not just him.

Webster got a phone call from an assistant coach at Kentucky.

'Well I said how many of the boys are coming? He texted me '15.' And I'm like, 'It's 8 o'clock'' Webster said.

The entire Kentucky basketball team showed up in Webster's kitchen that night. That night, they also played a little Top Golf nearby.

This will be Julius' grandmother's first collegiate game on Saturday. She said she will likely be next to his mother, screaming at the top of their lungs.

'I don't know, but it's gonna be exciting,' she said. 'Somebody is gonna have to hold me down!'


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