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Zagsblog Takes A Look At The 2014 Draft

Adam Zagoria has examined the 2013 draft against the 2014 version and has declared that next year’s draft is going to crush this years version. Zag’s post has lots of good stuff pertaining to the Cats both current and future.

First up is the debate about Nerlens going as the top pick which includes this bit from Jay Bilas

“And you really don’t (know). It’s not a no-brainer. It’s something you really have to think about and say, ‘Wait a minute, What’s the right thing here?’ Noel doesn’t have an offensive game and I don’t know if he’ll get it. … It’s one of those weird years where you’re going to have to find the right fit for you, not necessarily the best overall player.”

Zag compares this year’s weak draft to the 2005 version which saw Andrew Bogut get picked up with the number one overall pick. He then goes on to compare next year’s class to 2003 which is easily one of the top classes in NBA history. So what players are the best in next years group? A bunch of Cats of course:

2. Julius Randle – With all the hype about Wiggins, it’s easy to forget about the 6-9 Randle, a Mickey D’s All-American who headlines Kentucky’s top-ranked recruiting class. 

Randle, who has been compared to a young Lamar Odom, has all the makings of a future NBA All-Star.

In August 2012, Randle won the Under Armour Elite 24 Dunk Contest, and the next day he was named one of the MVPs of the Elite 24 game, where he scored 27 points and led his team to a 164-138 victory.

The weekend after Thanksgiving in his senior season, Randle fractured his foot playing in a tournament and missed three months. In March, Randle returned for the TAPPS 5A playoffs and led his team to its third state title in four years.

Randle is listed as the number two pick in next year’s draft but some other Cats make the Cut.

5. Andrew Harrison – The 6-5 point guard and his twin brother pledged to Kentucky in October, but Andrew could turn out to be John Calipari’s most important recruit.

After all, he will be running the point next season in Lexington, deciding how the ball is allocated and dispersed among a group of star players that will include holdovers Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer, and newcomers Aaron Harrison (his twin brother), Julius Randle, Marcus Lee, James Young and Dakari Johnson.

“Me, as a man, I believe nobody can beat me,” Harrison said during the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn.

The quote is pretty epic and will be a welcome change to have a guy ready to take on all comers after last year’s debacle. When he makes the leap expect his brother to do the same

9. Aaron Harrison – A 6-5 shooting guard, Harrison will share time in a loaded backcourt at Kentucky next season that also includes incoming shooting guard James Young.

We recommend a clickthrough to this story by Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal: “Aaron and Andrew don’t have other siblings, but they recently assumed the role of big brothers after their aunt, Sheryl, died in Baltimore following a long battle with cancer. After she died, the Harrison family took in her two teenage sons, Khalil and Hakeem Butler, who moved from Maryland and enrolled at Travis High School in Richmond, Texas.”


Three guys projected in the top ten and you never know which guys can slide up into the lottery. (Ahem: Alex Poythress) With the 3-1 odds and an unbelievable team next year is going to be a lot of fun.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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6 Comments for Zagsblog Takes A Look At The 2014 Draft

  1. Zag's Blog = Short Bus
    5:38 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    “Randle, who has been compared to a young Lamar Odom…”

    Sometimes people can just open their mouth briefly and you can tell their level of knowledge.

    Quite possibly the worst comparison I’ve ever seen written about anyone.

    1. Randle has a hustle motor
    2. Randle is a game changer and team epicenter
    3. Randle is an Ox in the paint

    Think Charles Barkley. Lamar Odom is no Charles Barkley.

  2. TDog
    5:43 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Did the Harrison’s parents not say they want them to stay for 4 years?

  3. David
    6:43 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t WCS supposed to be top 10 this year? I know it’s a weak draft this year, but he should at least be considered for a lottery pick.

  4. bobolopolis
    7:21 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    You can have one defensive minded player as long as the rest of your positions fill in the void. Ben Wallace was offensively challenged, never averaged more than ten points per game in the regular season at any point in his career, and Detroit still won the championship with him manning the middle because in his prime he was a beast defensively.

    Every other position (Billups at PG, Hamilton at SG, Tayshaun at SF, and Rasheed at PF) had the potential to go off for twenty five plus on any given night. When they didn’t win the championship they won the East once, and went to the ECF five times.

    I’d say they were pretty happy with their guy manning the middle. Noel can be that kind of guy, and he has length over Ben even though Ben had freakish athleticism for a center. Noel should be up there in that category too though.

    I don’t see what the problem with guys never developing into offensive juggernauts. It would be nice, but unless you plan on having a team full of defensive stalwarts that can’t score, you don’t need every player to go off for twenty every night. If you do have a team of guys who can just defend, then you should probably not be a GM.

  5. M
    7:38 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with you #1 for the reason’s you listed. I have heard the Odom comparisons mentioned by a few NBA GMs in articles though. Odom was a great high school player from what I remember, and a really good college player. Also was solid in the NBA. From what I’ve seen though Randle is much more explosive and has a better motor. However, it’s easier to remember the slower Odom from the past few years, rather than 15 or so years ago. If you could mix some Barkley, Webber, and a little Zach Randolph I think you have Randle.

  6. Joe Dennison
    8:07 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    Just praying a big blessing for Mr and Mrs Harrison. What a roll model these parents are to bring in their nephews after their mother passed. You know there is a lot of love for those 2. Way to go folks!!!!!!