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.