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ESPN.com breaks down Julius Randle, says he could be UK’s leader and most productive player


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ESPN.com’s Fran Fraschilla, Dave Telep and Jeff Goodman took time out of their busy summer AAU schedules to dissect the game of the University of Kentucky’s next big star, Julius Randle.

Goodman, the former CBSSports.com scribe, says Randle can be a dominant force next season ‘when he wants to be.’ Goodman writes: “There are those who have criticized Randle for taking plays off, not playing as hard as he did a couple seasons ago, but he’s still got a high motor the majority of the time. I think he’ll thrive in Calipari’s system.”

Though Goodman suggests some believe Randle takes plays off, Dave Telep called Randle’s consistent motor “the hallmark of his game.”

Fraschilla, handling the ‘How he projects in the NBA’ portion of the column, called Randle the one person who can potentially challenge Andrew Wiggins for the top pick in next summer’s NBA draft. Fraschilla writes: “He has a prototype NBA power forward body, in addition to above-average NBA athleticism at that position. And as a bonus, he plays with the requisite intensity to match those gifts. Randle plays with an attacking mentality, both around the basket and in the open court. He loves to handle the basketball, which comes in handy as a “rip and run” big man on the defensive glass. He actually has an excellent feel for passing on the break.”

And let’s not forget, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins and Jodie Meeks all praised Randle’s game and intensity after competing against him this summer during scrimmages in the Joe Craft Center.

Get excited, folks.

[ESPN Insider: What future holds for Julius Randle]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 responses to “ESPN.com breaks down Julius Randle, says he could be UK’s leader and most productive player”

  1. RUPPS_rhetoric

    This kid is going to be the real deal. Can’t wait!

  2. Boogie

    Wiggins will flop at Kansas and be picked #2 behind Julius Randle. Julius is bigger, much stronger, better rebounder, and just as good of a shooter if not better.

  3. Ridge Runner

    1, agreed. Can’t wait for the season to start overall but this kid has me losing all patience for it to be here!!

  4. Ridge Runner

    Big Cuz’ complimenting him really jumps out at me.

  5. Mark

    Goodman finds something minute on a UK player? I’M SHOCKED! if Randle had picked KU, Goodman would be slobbering all over him and this ‘takes plays off’ thing he never would have said.

  6. ukfan

    does anyone have an ESPN insider account that they wouldn’t mind sharing the user ID and password to?

  7. ukfan

    2, Honestly, I think you’re right. As big of a stud Wiggins is, I just think Randle plus “the Kentucky effect” will put him at the number 1 spot in the draft. I see Wiggins having too much pressure on his shoulders going into this season and granted he will be an absolute star, I don’t think he will live up to expectations and contribute as much to KU as Randle will contribute to UK. Just my opinion..

  8. tom

    Let’s let Wiggins and Randle play at least one game in college before we anoint them the top pick

  9. Insider

    #6. User ID: Getta
    Password: Job

  10. ukfastcat

    Wiggy could turn out to be another Shabazz.
    Randle will turn out to be a National Champion.

  11. UKJARHEAD

    #2- I wouldn’t consider Number 2 pick to be a flop. #9- Good one

  12. Michael F. Jox

    #2 – Other than shooting he’s supposed to be all those other things considering he’s a 4 and Wiggins is a 3. Good lord, man.

  13. ukfan

    9, you’re on a KSR comment section at 1:18 on a Monday.. are they hiring where you work or is McDonalds fully staffed?

  14. lonnieb

    @13 UKFAN
    Im on KSR at 2:45 and i have a 6 figure job, whats your point. Dont forget the other end of that spectrum…its the middle folk that get the rear end worked off

  15. Duke Sucks

    i think Wiggins WILL be the better pro, but randle will be the better NCAA PLAYER!
    Too those who think Wiggins will flop just because he didnt pick uk GROW UP! Cal has said offten UK isnt for everyone. Wiggins is good enough to dominate the ball and that wasnt going to happen at UK. dont forget Wiggins dominated Randle last summer in AAU which is more like the NBAA game!
    Like I said im glad we got Randle and I think he will be the better of the 2 next year. just dont hate on a kid that done what was best for him and not for you!

  16. Duke Sucks

    #9 I had a good job untill Obama’s BS politics took it. Cant find work anywhere in my area along with 4000 others so think before you spout off your BS.
    Keep on with your talk because it could be your job that is taken next!

  17. El gato

    Wiggins did not dominate Randle bubby. Just because you watched a YouTube clip does not mean you have game analysis. Both performed admirably in an entertaining game.

  18. KYIA

    #15 If you seen Wiggins play last year you would have seen a player that only played hard when he felt like it not all the time and his numbers showed it 2 points, 4 reb, in 28 mop in a game against a little catholic high school team not College players that is equal talent and size is why the people from Ky and WVa think Wiggins will flop. Then as you mentioned UK isn’t for everybody but its for sure not for the timed who are scared of competition but want to be the Big Boy on campus so I would say he picked the correct school one that needed a big shot.

  19. KevinM

    Keep the thought that Randall ‘took plays off’ prior to his injury.

    IMO, I don’t think he is the same player since his return. He will not take this opp to be the #1 pick lightly. And I don’t think that #1 is the end all be all.

    I just want a healthy Randall to come in here as a leader and deliver the trophy to Lexington. Then we can discuss if Wiggins becomes the next Josh Selby.