Next year’s draft will be as good as this year’s was bad. With the most talented incoming freshmen class in recent memory, the draft will be loaded with top-notch players, the most heralded being Andrew Wiggins. However, Chad Ford said in his weekly chat today that there’s a chance that Julius Randle could be the number one pick over Andrew Wiggins if Wiggins stumbles next season:
John (Kentucky): Any chance Randle beats out Wiggins for the No. 1 pick?
Chad Ford: Sure. In any other draft, he’d be the consensus No. 1 pick. He’s a beast of a low post player — blessed with strength, athleticism, and a very polished inside/outside game. As long as Calapari can convince him not to fall in love with his jump shot, he’s got a chance to be the most dominant big man in the country. Teams always covet players like Randle and if Wiggins stumbles, they’ll jump.
After watching this video, it might not be such a stretch after all: