NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Julius Randle
Randy Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
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2013-14 Stats: 15 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.4 APG
Notes: As a freshman at Kentucky, Randle was a third-team All-American, SEC Rookie of the Year and first-team All-SEC. Randle fractured his foot in high school during his senior season.
Strengths: Few players in this draft are built like Randle, as he has the NBA size to really wear down players and be a force in the paint. His strength and physicality is ahead of its time, and he is an effective low post scorer and dominant rebounder at the college level. Randle is an aggressive player who explodes at the rim, is capable of driving off the dribble and is quick enough to lead the offense on a fast break. Speaking of quickness, Randle has above-average lateral quickness for his size, which makes him a solid defender. It’s rare to see a player of this size use it to his advantage this young.
Weaknesses: Randle can sometimes force the issue and turn the ball over when he has the ball in his hands. Randle isn’t a great free throw shooter at 70.6 percent and he can sometimes be a little passive throughout the game. You’d also like to see Randle develop more of a mid-range game to go with his moves in the paint.
Projection: Randle is one of my favorite players in this draft and is somebody who can stop on the court right away and be an impact player in the NBA. His size, strength and ability to be a force in the paint is something the next level is missing. Randle may be a top five pick, and he’ll make an NBA team extremely happy.