With the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected power forward Julius Randle out of the University of Kentucky.
Considered one of the more NBA ready prospects in this draft, Randle is considered a throw back type player who bullies his way in the post. Not the tallest at 6’9, there are questions regarding his height being a problem in the NBA but so far in his career has not allowed that to limit his production at any level of basketball.
Last season for Kentucky, Randle averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds in 30.8 minutes a game as a freshman. The 250-pound Randle was one of the better players in the NCAA Tournament and helped his team to the NCAA Championship Game where they ultimately fell to the University of Connecticut. He led the NCAA with 24 double-doubles, good for second most in the stories history of Kentucky. As a senior in high school, Randle averaged a ridiculous 32.5 points and 22.5 rebounds and led his school to a state title.
Considered a top-five pick early on in the draft process, questions arose after reports surfaced he would need surgery to remove a pin that was incorrectly inserted in his foot after breaking it in high school. Randle ultimately shot that news down saying his doctors told him his foot would not be an issue.
Moments after being drafted, Randle was asked about him slipping down to No. 7:
“I think I should’ve went higher for sure, but you know, the teams that passed on me will regret it”
Welcome Randle to the Laker family and follow him on Twitter @J30_RANDLE.