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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Was Randle Cal’s Best OFFENSIVE Freshman?

Julius Randle just completed one of the best offensive seasons we have seen from any UK player period, much less a freshman.  He is the finished with more points and the same number of rebounds as Anthony Davis while also leading the nation in double-doubles.  And we will see in this year’s upcoming draft those offensive skills are going to make Randle a very high draft pick.  But, was he the best freshman Calipari has had on the offensive end of the floor?  I think there are 7 legitimate candidate from 4 of 5 Cal’s teams (sorry Archie).  I have ranked to guys according to OFFENSIVE STATS only and what kind of impact they had.  I did include double-doubles for the big guys, even though that can include defensive rebounds, but that played very little into my rankings.  Agree or disagree in the comments section:

1. Brandon Knight (2010-11)
17.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 42.3 FG%, 37.7 3P%, 79.5 FT%, 4.2 APG
25 Offensive Rebounds
-Led team in scoring 16 times
-Scored 20+ points 14 times

2. John Wall (2009-10)
16.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 46.1 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 75.4 FT%, 6.5 APG
30 Offensive Rebounds
-Led team in scoring 13 times
-Scored 20+ points 8 times

3. Julius Randle (2013-14)
15.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 50.0 FG%, 70.6 FT%, 1.4 APG
140 Offensive Rebounds
-Led team in scoring 13 times
-Scored 20+ points 7 times
-24 double-doubles

4. Demarcus Cousins (2009-10)
15.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 56.0 FG%, 60.5 FT%, 1.0 APG
156 Offensive Rebounds
-Led team in scoring 14 times
-Scored 20+ points 4 times

5. Terrence Jones (2010-11)
15.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 44.2 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 64.6 FT%, 1.6 APG
92 Offensive Rebounds
-Led team in scoring 11 times
-Scored 20+ points 8 times
-13 double-doubles

6. Anthony Davis (2011-12)
14.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 62.3 FG%, 70.9 FT%, 1.3 APG
119 Offensive Rebounds
-Led team in scoring 10 times
-Scored 20+ points 6 times
-20 double-doubles

7. James Young (2013-14)
14.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 40.7 FG%, 34.9 3P%, 70.6 FT%, 1.7 APG
41 Offensive Rebounds
-Led team in scoring 10 times
-Scored 20+ points 9 times

Article written by Bryan the Intern

31 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Was Randle Cal’s Best OFFENSIVE Freshman?



  1. SCCat
    9:24 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    The stat I think is the difference maker between the top three… turnovers:

    Brandon Knight: 120 total 19.8
    John Wall: 149 total – 24.2 Pct
    Julies Randle: 101 total – 18.8 Pct

    With that knowledge I think I can say that Knight has just slightly outdone Randle for best offensive freshman honors. The question comes down to which is more important, rebounds or assists. I would have to give a slight advantage to assists.

    Src:http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/stats



    • UK Fan
      9:30 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Go back to Loserville, you troll. U mad because u bad?



    • Aol
      10:37 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

      How is he a troll for saying knight was better? I fully agree that knight is the best offensive player we’ve had under cal.



    • Luther
      12:24 pm April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Good analysis…



    • Bill Brasky
      2:54 pm April 22, 2014 Permalink

      The troll is “UK Fan” Aol. The inability to type out the word “you” gives it away. He’s mad that every time UL trolls post something we call them on it. Now he is oddly trying to mock us for it. It’s all very strange. The mind of this particular Louisville fan is something I do not envy.



  2. notmattjones
    9:28 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    STATS STATS STATS STATS

    Is there a Kirk Goldsberry shot chart we can use on Julius Randle? He can’t score further than 5 feet from the basket. Which automatically answers – no, he was not Cal’s best offensive freshman. Just a great offensive freshman on a team with no other offensive force in the frontcourt.



    • UK Fan
      9:29 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Clearly a UL troll here. Go home.



  3. Michael F. Jox
    9:32 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Brandon Knight, John Wall, and Anthony Davis all had better offensive seasons than Julius. How could you not include turnovers? Julius’ turnovers and inability to score anywhere outside the paint drop him some.



    • Matty Arbuckle
      9:34 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t you remember? Randle hit that one three-pointer that one time. Boy is your face red.



    • Luther
      12:25 pm April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Good point…



  4. Goose
    9:36 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    John Wall was the biggest offensive threat we’ve seen since Rex Chapman. The stats don’t necessarily reflect that because he was actually willing to give up the ball more. Unlike Knight and Randle. Wall could out score either of them in any game if he chose to do so.



  5. Martin
    9:40 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    I think if we have Knight in 2010, we win a title. No disrespect to Wall, but Bledsoe was nearly as quick, and a great slasher, Knight was the outside threat we lacked.



    • lonnieb
      11:13 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. or if lamb and bledsoe switched



    • lonnieb
      11:14 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Or if jodie meeks had of stayed. We would not have signed bledsoe. Bledsoe if better player…but that team needed one knock down shooter



    • CatsFanFrankfort
      12:03 pm April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Wrong. If we had kept Meeks, we wouldnt have signed Dodson. We still would have gotten Bledsoe,.



  6. tomas
    9:40 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Brandon Knight all the way. So underrated.



  7. GoBlue!
    9:42 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    I would give Wall the edge over night. Their scoring output was similar, but Wall shot a slightly higher percentage and, most importantly, averaged an additional 2.3 assists per game, which probably accounts for 175 additional points over the season. The turnover difference works against Wall, but I still give him the edge.



    • Luther
      12:26 pm April 22, 2014 Permalink

      Wall was often out-of-control and made way too many turnovers…



  8. lonnieb
    9:47 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Boogie would be first. Especially over Randle. Boogie shot 56% from the field
    1 Boogie most efficient
    2 Wall shared the ball well as well
    3 AD shot 62% including some mid range jumpers
    4 Randle
    5 knight volume shooter of course he scored…. while he shot 42%



  9. bung
    9:49 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Wall due to 2.3 assist edge over knight=4.6 more points… + I would bet we had more fast break points with Wall



  10. Ben
    9:51 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Randell was a great offensive player! He dominated most games he played in, with the exception of the big games KY played this year. I think that most NBA teams are a little worried how he will react to the talent in the league and for this reason, he will not be in the first 4 picked. Brandon Knight and john Wall were the most clutch offensive player’s of this group.

    Randell could have been a beast, if he had had Cousin’s attitude. I would love to see what he would be like in a second season at KY. I do not think that will happen. I wish him well in the League! Why the press conference, if you are just going to announce that you are leaving? I have not noticed any other player making the announcement this way.



  11. Mike Casey should have his jersey retired
    10:04 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Julius did more to inhibit the offense than enhance it. He was like a black hole when the ball came to him and it was amazing how many times he turned it over trying to make a move when nothing was available.



  12. AJH
    10:05 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    BK was definitely the best offensive player Cal has had at UK. He was the best scorer, no questions asked…



  13. Mike Casey should have his jersey retired
    10:07 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    BK or Boogie. If Boogie had been fed the ball as much as Julius, he’d have averaged 20.



    • theWilkman
      11:32 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

      I’m with you. That 2010 team was so stacked, he didn’t need to get those numbers. If he had been on the 2011 team he would have averaged 20 and 15



  14. Sylvar
    10:19 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Randle had a PER of 22.6 at the end of the regular season – good enough to just crack the top 100. Cousins PER was 35.45 – the best in the country. I realize that PER covers both ends of the court, but it is heavily weighted to the offensive end. Cousins was just that good. Having him ranked fourth, BEHIND Randle isn’t right. You can make a case for Wall or Knight to be ahead of him because they were point guards, but in the Coach Cal era Boogie had been the most dominant offensive force down low we have seen.



  15. J.A.
    10:19 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    This must have been an attempt at satire, if so good job because comparing randle to boogie is laughable.



  16. Pcefrog5
    10:35 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    It would have to be Boogie and really not even close. He only averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds a game but, he did that averaging only 23 minutes a game. I recall at one point during that season, his stats projected out to averaging something like over 30ppg and close to 20 rpg if playing 40 minutes. Everyone else on this list were great scorers but were rarely out of the game. If Boogie could keep out
    of foul trouble and had a little better conditioning, this would be a no brainer.



  17. TD
    10:48 am April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Offensively both BK & Wall are better than Randle. Ranking purely on offense it’s a toss-up between those two (Knight & John Wall). Davis at #6 on the list is so misleading though, many obviously would consider him the beast (best is what I meant to say) all around talent. What an incredibly awesome team those seven players would make!



  18. RICK
    12:05 pm April 22, 2014 Permalink

    Brandon Knight then James Young.



  19. wildcats4me2
    1:21 pm April 22, 2014 Permalink

    BTI!!!, just when I was starting to hold out some hope (you penned three or four good articles in a row where you actually wrote something worth reading) you revert back to cherry-picking stats to fit your story. If you want to evaluate and rank players you must use their total game and value to the team. Offensive contribution, of course, is important, but if you consider only offense you are getting only a part of the picture, probably less than half. For example suppose Anthony Davis blocks a sure-thing shot down the court into the hands to a Brandon Knight for an uncontested dunk. Your stats would show Knight 2, Davis 0. In reality, Davis was responsible for a four point advantage for his team. I would venture to say that at Kentucky you might have the best offensive player in the country and if he did not contribute something on defense he could spend his time here on the bench. I would suggest that the ranking of the players in your article means less than nothing and a total waste of time, and could be totally misleading.