Julius RandleHt/Wt: 6' 9" / 250 lbs
2014 Draft Profile - Julius RandleThe top incoming freshman big man this season hasnít necessarily lived up to the hype. But he has been the man child scouts expected.
Kentucky power forward Julius Randle was expected to come in and straight dominant, and although that hasnít been the case, Randle will still be a top pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
The 6 foot 9, 250 pounder from Texas is averaging a double-double scoring 15.7 points while grabbing 10.3 rebounds a game. Most believe that Randle was the third best freshman coming into the season, and he has played like it for the most part.
Randleís offensive game at this level is mostly considered bully ball. He is stronger than most of his peers at this level and can physically dominant them when trying to put the ball in the basket. He uses his natural left hand and can take any contact when hit to finish.
Since heís so much stronger, Randle has no problem getting solid position on the block. He uses a nice jump hook going to his left to score, but also isnít that bad going to his right for a lefty. He has decent moves that will develop over time, but if he wants to be an All-Star down the line, the biggest thing he needs to improve is his jump shot.
The jump shot isnít ugly by any means, and looks like it should have no problem improving with time, but it just might be his biggest weakness offensively. He has no problem taking his man off the dribble when using a pump fake, but once the outside shot really gets going, Randle will be a problem.
On the defensive side of the ball, Randle wonít ever be the type of guy to completely shut someone down. He is a fantastic rebounder, but wonít lead the league in blocks. He does have the muscle to not get punked on the block, and will try his hardest to keep up with quicker stretch fours who can drive by him.
One of Randleís best attributes is his desire to compete and win. You wonít see him take a play off and when you need a basket, he wants the ball. Playing for Coach Cal, you know he wonít be able to get away with being a slouch on thwarting defensive end and hopefully that continues at the next level.
Player profile submitted by: Elliot Cook of Lakers Nation - Mar. 8th
Julius Randle is what an NBA prospect looks like. A chiseled, explosive, 6ft9, 250lbs he has the ideal size of a PF, with athleticism of SF. His transition to NBA game might be the easiest because of size, skill, athleticism. Will be a good rebounder right away and blossom into one of the league's best.
Being a #2 option scorer should come fairly easy. He has the strength to finish in traffic, runs well enough to score in transition and has a nice, improving stroke with some range. He is best from mid range where he can explode past his defender. Randle can get to the line consistently where he is efficient. He might need to decide to work on developing his post game or his range, right now he is in between which may lead to games where he struggles to score if hes not getting easy transition buckets. Also needs to work on his offhand. Doesn't have the length to be dynamic defender and may struggle offensively when he cant take his man off a bounce.
There is a plethora of NBA guys that can earn a comparison. Terrance Jones, Blake Griffin, Beasley to name a few. In 2013 Randle woulda been the #1 pick without blinking an eye. He looks like a future All Star.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson - March 7th
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