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Kentucky’s Julius Randle makes the expected official: He will enter NBA Draft

Apr 22, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

This was as expected as Netflix raising prices.

Kentucky’s Julius Randle is likely a top four pick in this draft, he will not drop past five (we’ll see how the draft lottery shakes things out before projecting slots), so he is entering the NBA Draft he announced Tuesday.

Randle, a 6’9”, 248 pound power forward, averaged 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds a game for Kentucky, shooting 50 percent overall from the floor but he is a beast when he gets close to the rim (you saw that if you watched the NCAA Tournament). He’s got great size and agility for an NBA power forward, he can get out in transition and score.

PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of and Rotoworld put it this way:

“He has tremendous scoring ability within 8-10 feet. Should make a quick impact as a rebounder/post scorer for whoever takes him, but still needs to add more to his game long-term (defense, shooting).”

He’s also got to stop turning the ball over. However all the things we’re talking about are polish on a great foundation — that polish will come faster in the NBA, making the game his job and playing against better competition.

This was the right move for Randle, and he knew it.

  1. bougin89 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    It’s hard not to think of Zach Randolph when watching him play. Same bullish style around the rim. Same limits defensively but both are relentless offensive rebounders. Same body type. Both are even left handed.

    • garypagetwo - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      get’s you hard I bet

      • bougin89 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Nope. Care to make a comment with any type of value?

      • slowclyde86 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Don’t be a tool. There are simply too many already.

    • demasane - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      i’d say the only difference is Randle’s athleticism and ability to play in the open court

      • bougin89 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Very good point. Randle’s athleticism is why he has a higher ceiling than Randolph.

        Actually even their last names are really similiar.

  2. icanhazblogs - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Watched all of his games this year, and the Z-Bo comparison is a good one. If he’s going to face up and try to take guys to the rim in the NBA, he needs to get some more 2 dribble moves. Relied on that spin move a lot this year and teams started figuring it out, hence the turnovers.

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Now we’re cooking with Crisco! I’m ready for the draft now, bring it on!

  4. DonRSD - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Seems a bit undersized for NBA.
    Probably will go the route of Udonis Haslem.
    Can’t see this kid producing more than 12/5 a night vs professional competition.

    • pharohislife - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Wow, that would be his basement potential maybe, but I definitely see him averaging more than 5 rebounds per game for a good part of his career.

      Keep in mind people had concerns about Sullinger being undersized as well and he’s already a 13 and 8 Guy and a double-double threat in his 2nd Season. And Randle has the athleticism tland mobility that Sully has never had.

    • biasedhomer - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Floor is Haslem, ceiling is a bit better than ZBo.

  5. unxpexted1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I like Randle. He’s a good player to have, think he would make a nice 2/3 option on the team that will give you 17 and 8 the hard way. His fight and motor will always give him a place in the league. Runs the floor well, pretty good athleticism. Has moves off the dribble, even though limited, has a knack for offensive rebounds. Really a lot to like about him. If he develops a lil bit of jumper he could be a really good player.

  6. senorpapino - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Will go either 4 or 5 in the draft depending on whether a team prefers him or Exum.

  7. saint1997 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    I think he’ll float down to about 6 or 7. Vonleh has a higher ceiling and so does Exum, teams might even grab Smart if it’s a better fit before him

  8. sumkat - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    I honestly think this guy is going to be a double double machine. Once he gets settled, I think he’s a 15/12 type guy. He’s going to be a very solid pick for a long time. Doesn’t have the ceiling of a lot of these guys, but has the highest floor IMO except maybe Parker. As a Sixers fan, I would take him 3rd behind Parker and Wiggins, I would rather someone with more of an offensive upside the way our team is coming together, but with those 2 guys gone, I think the best option is someone with the post game of Randle. obviously that would be dependent on the team drafting and what they need, but I could see him anywhere from 3-6 (I could see Embiid, Parker, Wiggins, Exum and one of the other guys going ahead (Smart Vonleh or Gordon I would think), but don’t see him falling past 6

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