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Julius Randle the 5th most coveted player in college basketball

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The CBS Sports crew is bringing back the “Candid Coaches” segment to pass the time before college basketball season. Matt Norlander, Gary Parrish, and Jeff Borzello spent the summer asking basketball coaches their opinions on various topics, and have compiled them into a series of previews.

Today’s question for the coaches was “Which player in college basketball would you most want on your team next year?” Survey says?

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State (34 percent)
Doug McDermott, Creighton (24 percent)
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas (15 percent)
Aaron Craft, Ohio State (6 percent)
Julius Randle, Kentucky (5 percent)

Others receiving votes: Montrezl Harrell(Louisville), Jabari Parker (Duke), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Mitch McGary (Michigan), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Travis Bader (Oakland)

Several of the coaches surveyed admitted they didn’t vote for Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, or the other freshmen because they are (so far) unproven. Something tells me that Julius Randle will be much higher on that list by season’s end.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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26 Comments for Julius Randle the 5th most coveted player in college basketball



  1. catlogic15
    11:17 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron Craft?? Gee, who did they survey? Aaron Craft?



  2. Jesus
    11:18 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    AARON CRAFT??!?!?! You’ve GOT to be kidding me. Kid is an offensive liability at best. What a joke.



  3. UofL Fan Doofus
    11:21 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Where is Russ Smith? He is duh greatest basketball playa in tha world.



  4. Michael F. Jox
    11:31 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Doug’s gotta be like 26yrs old by now, damn. And Aaron Craft is the most overrated player in college basketball. He gets credit for having blood red cheeks that make him look like he’s going all out at all times. He’s one of those “intangible skills” players that old white men love to boast about. Meanwhile he can’t shoot, is too slow to guard another pg without fouling, and really doesn’t do much to create for his team. Reminds me of Kendall Marshall back when people were calling him the best pg in college, and the only real reason they could give was that he was the best at pushing the ball up the floor. Lol That’s it!?



  5. Jeffrey
    11:33 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Doug McDermott, and Aaron Craft are so overrated.



  6. Jesus
    11:35 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    I have no doubt in my mind that Randle will be the first picked of the NBA Draft.



  7. cracka
    11:39 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    craft went 12-39 (31%) in the ncaa tourney last year against iona, iowa st, arizona and wichita st … and hit 17-25 (68%) from the ft line … 20 ast, 9 to … 4th most wanted???



  8. KG
    11:40 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    I think by seasons end all those non-believers will see why he will be the #1 pick in next year’s draft regardless of his being a Cat.



  9. Tom Crean
    11:43 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    I covet Aaron Craft a lot. A whole lot.



  10. Experience
    12:22 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Just because you are projected to be a high-level NBA talent 5 years from now, does not mean you will step onto a college campus and instantly be the best player in the country. This shows that the majority of college coaches value experience. Talent is great, but without experience it can only go so far.



  11. Tebkats
    12:42 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron Craft over Julius Randle, why that would be dumber than say drafting Cody Zeller over Nerlens Noel. Maybe it was the Bobcats that decided the order.



  12. aka
    12:54 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    can we pleas stop with the photoshopping?



  13. Marshall Henderson
    1:17 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    You forgot me, Mo-Fo’s!



  14. STEVE!
    1:25 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Craft is this season’s Wojo, a hard-nosed, undersized, “overachieving” kid.



  15. blueblooded
    2:11 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe not over Andrew Harrison or Marcus Smart, but I would take Aaron Craft in a heartbeat. Yes, his offense isn’t great, but neither was Anthony Davis or Nerlens Noel. Craft’s defense on opposing point guards is some of the best I have EVER seen. He totally takes teams out of their gameplans because he does not let the opposing offense ever get set up. Whoever said he is not fast is high and his defensive footwork and ability to beat you to the spot are phenomenal. Yes, we won the game and yes Knight hit the game winner, but go back and watch UK-Oh. St from the tournament a couple of years ago. For most of the game, Craft totally controlled Brandon Knight. Cal eventually had to have Liggins and Lamb bring the ball up court because Knight could barely get the ball in the front court against Craft.



  16. J in Orlando
    2:23 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    6 If the draft were held today he would not be, so idk how you can have no doubt. Every NBA team wants Wiggins regardless of need.



  17. mocha
    2:28 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    i’d encourage ksr to stop with the stupid photoshops. we all know that isn’t really him. just use a real photo for these freshman and move along.



  18. I Say
    2:30 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    17 That is a real picture of Julius just with a Uk jersey photoshopped on it. It’s not like they took some one elses body and super imposed julius’ head on it.



  19. 2012NC
    2:39 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    #10 You are correct. Experience can only go so far. You can’t do better than a National Championship.



  20. J in Orlando
    2:47 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    10 When they say experience they mean leadership…Randle is a top player and a team leader…he is a top 3 player in the nation by march



  21. Experience
    3:17 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    19) The 2012 team had Miller, Lamb and Jones (experience).

    20) How can you say the kid will be a top 3 player by March? He has never played a single minute of college basketball. We heard the exact same things last year about Poythress and Goodwin. Not sold on it until I see it on the court. Randle is a tremendous talent and projects to be a NBA superstar, but can we please let him play a game or 2 before crowning him the next Lebron?



  22. ukfan
    4:08 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    21. sometimes players just come along that don’t need to prove themselves first and really are just THAT good.. John Wall, Anthony Davis, Julius Randle….



  23. 2012NC
    4:20 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    21. I agree with 22. This team only lacks that one senior leader (miller) but I think this team makes up for it with depth of talent. Also, have you watched Randle? He is absolutely on another level. This is not your ordinary top 10 recruit (ala Poythress and Goodwin). I know you are just being cautious and trying not to get your hopes up, but you need to enjoy this. He is going to be very, very, very good for his one year with us.



  24. J in Orlando
    4:35 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    21 its my opinion…and no I didnt have that opinion by either of those players…Randle is a different kind of player even on day one



  25. lonnieb
    5:11 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    @21 experience…..
    Anyone who follows recruiting knew what last years high school players were about. Poythress and goodwin were top players in one of the worst high school classes in 20 years. Its funny you used that as only evidence…..and forgot about all the other top players who were suppossed to be top players and were top players. Most coaches in college, pitino excluded will use the top 5 player in a way that showcases their ability.



  26. Kevin C.
    8:28 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    WOW…if Randle’s not first on THAT list, your opinion is flawed.