kentucky wildcats julius randle in the ncaa tournament 2014

2014 NBA Draft Player Profile: Julius Randle

kentucky wildcats julius randle in the ncaa tournament 2014
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) 

Julius Randle
Kentucky – Freshman (Born 1994)
Power Forward
6’9″ 250 lbs

NCAA Accolades:

Final Four NCAA All-Tournament Team (2014)
Midwest Region NCAA All-Tournament Team (2014)
Third Team AP All-American (2014)
SEC All-Tournament Team (2014)
SEC Freshman of the Year (2014)
SEC Newcomer of the Year (2014)
First Team All-SEC (2014)
All-SEC Freshman Team (2014)

The Good:

– big & strong player
– 7’0″ wingspan
– very successful freshman season
– came up big in the biggest, pressure packed games of the year (aka the NCAA Tournament)
– fantastic at drawing fouls
– rebound machine (at both ends of the floor)
– fantastic post player – creates his own shot
– very efficient scorer at the rim (70% FG at rim)
– quick for a big man
– lefty 

The Bad:

– apparently has a bad foot that might need surgery
– a year older than other freshmen
– turns the ball over a lot for a post player
– mediocre defender
– not a very efficient scorer
– needs range on his jumper
– not huge upside
– not an off-the-charts athlete


The Video Proof:

NBA Comparison: 

Paul Millsap, Jared Sullinger


The Skinny:

Not a huge amount of “upside” due to his lack of length (although he does have a surprising 7’0″ wingspan) and athleticism (by NBA freak standards), but Randle still has the potential to be a solid NBA pro due to his rebounding and post skills.

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