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Julius Randle

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 250
  • Birthdate: 07/14/1991
  • College: Kentucky
Round 1: Pick 7
Drafted By: Los Angeles Lakers 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Big-time rebounder
  • Strong
  • High motor
  • Does major damage on offensive glass, in transition and rolling to the basket

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to become a more consistent jump shooter
  • Not a great post-up scorer
  • Slightly undersized to play power forward

 

NBA projection: Randle will be taken with one of the top five picks in the draft.

 

2013-14 Season

Randle helped lead Kentucky to the national championship game and earned a trophy room full of honors: All-American, SEC All-Tournament, first-team All-SEC, SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC All-Freshman team.

 

Key statistics: 15.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.5 tpg, 30.8 mpg, .500 FG, .167 3PT, .706 FT

 

Cool statistic: Randle led the nation with 24 double-doubles.

 

Reminds me of: Zach Randolph

 

What Insiders Say

Kentucky coach John Calipari

“When you look at the numbers and what he's done … our strength of schedule was No. 2 in the country, which means he played against the best. And he's out there with a bunch of other freshmen.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Belmont coach Rick Byrd

“We couldn't stop him except by fouling him. He’s so strong, our guys fouled him and he [didn’t] even notice.”

 

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Comparisons can be flattering, but also facile. Greg Page was not, in the end, the next Muhammad Ali, just because he came from Louisville, too. And so you hear that Kentucky's Julius Randle is, on the court, the next Zach Randolph, which is a heck of a compliment to the 19-year-old. But it's not exactly correct.

 

The reason why Randolph has been able to succeed for 12 pro seasons despite being a non-jumping, undersized power forward is that he has two of the longest arms ever attached to a human body. They allow him to get his shot off over taller guys and get his mitts on rebounds. Meanwhile, Randle, while having normal arms for most homo sapiens, has short arms for a basketball player. Think Kevin Willis.  More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch