Draft 2K8 - Anthony Randolph
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Position: Power Forward
The kid's stock has been rising steadily thanks to a tasty combination of size (6-11) and explosiveness (wish we knew the 40 time). Crazy athletic, Randolph gets up and down the floor with pace and has some nice polish offensively. He can step out and knock down a 15-footer, and has shown the ability to finish around the bucket. Scouts and coaches love his ability and desire to trigger the transition game after grabbing a defensive rebound. He averaged 15.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a freshman.
He's skinny, and likely won't have enough initial strength to truly take advantage of his offensive skills on the low block as a rookie. Obviously, he'll get stronger, but it could be a minute. His lack of strength could also be a liability on the defensive end early in his career. His low-post footwork needs work, and he struggles from the foul line.
Randolph is one of the more raw prospects in the top 14, but his ultimate potential has some trusted scouts salivating, and suggesting that he'd be a lock for a top five spot if he'd been seen more often this past college season at LSU. The Wolves would need to give him time to develop, and strength coach Dave Vitale would have to stick around the weight room a bit longer (as he's been doing dutifully with Corey Brewer), but that's the benefit of having a young team. Everyone needs time to grow together. At the ceiling of the guys entering the league at an early age who were long, skinny and explosive are Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett. That would work.
Sludge's take on ANTHONY RANDOLPH
Chad Ford’s Top 100
Randolph is generating significant buzz from trusted NBA scouts. If he were playing for a higher-profile program, we'd probably be talking about a lock for the Top 5. Now that he's in the draft, he could be a hot name, going anywhere from 5 to 10 in the draft.
It all starts with his physical tools…6-10 or 6-11, incredibly long, left-handed, fluid, quick, explosive off his feet, with great open-court speed…Randolph fits the bill and then some. He does have an extremely lanky frame, though (think Brandan Wright), one that might struggle to put on significant weight even down the road.
Long, lanky forward with a great deal of upside ... His length and agility makes him very unique playing on the wing ... Highly versatile. He has a vast array of offensive abilities, especially impressive considering his age: Randolph has a tremendous handle and gets to the basket extremely well off the bounce.
The aspect of Randolph’s game that jumps out at any observer is how skilled he was at triggering LSU’s transition game. After collecting a blocked a shot or rebound, Randolph will use his remarkably quick dribble for a player of his height to initiate their early offense. He will look to create his own shot, find an open teammate, or slow it down to setup the halfcourt offense. His decision-making in this area is very mature.
Anthony Randolph is the ultimate “potential” pick – he’s not ready for the NBA yet, but his package of skills and length make him real attractive to potential suitors. He could end up being a star, but on the flip side, his game and body needs enough work that he also could turn out to be a bust.
SI.com: LSU's Randolph Announces Intention to Enter NBA Draft
"There cannot be a better time for me to enter the NBA draft,'' Randolph said. "I am well aware of the challenges young men face when entering the professional ranks of any career. However, I believe I am ready to face these challenges with a positive attitude, and I have faith and determination that I will succeed.''
The Advocate: Randolph responds in big fashion
Randolph responded with the best offensive game of his freshman season, as he lit up Alabama for 29 points in an 80-74 come-from-behind LSU victory.
The Advocate: Big man duo jells for Tigers
Taken individually, LSU forwards Chris Johnson and Anthony Randolph have been impressive in the last few games. Combine their efforts, and it’s not a stretch to compare the Tigers two talented stringbean big men to the successful big-man tandems in the program’s recent history.
Chad Ford Mock Draft 1.0
No. 10 to New Jersey
Ford's Mock Draft 3.0
No. 10 to New Jersey
Ford's Mock Draft 5.0
No. 12 to Sacramento
No. 6 to New York
No. 9 to Charlotte
Reports Compiled By:
- With contributing writers Matt Tiano and Jude Harder