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Julius Randle 6th in Ken Pomeroy’s Player of the Year Standings


Every season, coaches, writers, and fans of the game hand out numerous Player of the Year honors to the best and most deserving players in collegiate basketball. While the dozens of awards in existence usually do an outstanding job in selecting worthy recipients, for whatever reason, some players get left out of consideration. This quandary bothered stat guru Ken Pomeroy, and as a result, he created the KenPom Player of the Year Award.

As you can imagine, Pomeroy’s award is solely based upon efficiency metrics – meaning things like off-court character aren’t considered. While most traditional sources consider numbers to an extent, his ratings include almost everything from a player’s statistical profile – including things like turnovers, missed shots, and defensive ability. In addition to considering the negative statistics, Pomeroy also considers team strength and how heavily a player is featured in his team’s possessions. In the most basic terms, the award is usually given to a very efficient, heavily featured player on a highly ranked team – three qualifications in which Julius Randle meets.

Randle is currently 6th in Pomeroy’s Player of the Year standings, due in large part to his titanic rebounding ability and efficiency in the post. However, he’s hindered by turnovers, lack of defensive statistics, and Kentucky’s relatively low rating in Pomeroy’s system. Creighton’s Doug McDermott is currently leading the pack by a significant margin. The remainder of the rankings, with further explanation from Pomeroy, can be found by following this link.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

17 Comments for Julius Randle 6th in Ken Pomeroy’s Player of the Year Standings

  1. Jughead
    4:14 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Struggling from time to time, will “get it” by March and will make someone cry. Then, Poythress will follow up by pooping ice cream on them.

  2. bigblue091812
    4:35 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Use all the formulas you want, there is no perfect players in the country and I’ve not seen 5 players I’d take over Randle. I guess he’d be a little higher if he was averaging a triple double.

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    4:37 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

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    • Brandon
      4:43 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Wow. Hahaha. This website has come to the point where the comments are more times than not better than the post for how ridiculous they can get.

    • Jughead
      5:24 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Shut up, I am trying to watch the Kardashians.

    • St Ronnie was a moron
      5:25 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Ah another nutbag conspiracy.
      Back to your bunker, put on your tinfoil hat and maybe mom will bring you dinner

    • PhilUK18
      5:32 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Uh, the GOP already has control of the House. That’s why John Boehner is the Speaker. As for the rest of your post, I’m about as conservative as you can get, and you’re spouting nonsense. Please stop, you sound ridiculous.

    • youcantmakethissh*tup
      5:34 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      -10 for not typing ‘sheeple.’

    4:49 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    If Randle played in the BADFB conference like Doug McDerm or stayed in school for 8 years like Mr. Craft, he would be higher on that list. Like someone above said, do you take Randle, Craft or McDermott? That’s a rhetorical question because the only answer is Randle. That said, he is an odd duck . . . I often feel like he didn’t play well at the end of the game only to see 22 pts and 14 boards . . . umm, that’s pretty dang good. Maybe expectations are too high or he just does work without too much fanfare.

    • PhilUK18
      5:20 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      I think it’s the latter, that he does his work without much fanfare. As much as I hate to compare any of our guys with a Dookie, Randle eminds me a lot of Elton Brand. Not particularly flashy, but consistently pretty dominant, particularly in the low post. I believe they’re a similar size too, although I’m not sure what Brand’s college height and weight were.

  5. Lance
    4:52 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    If Young and Harrison could make perimeter shots at a decent clip, the spacing would improve and there would be fewer opportunities for defenses to collapse on Randle. At that point, there would be no stopping him. At the next level, he will be a beast. I think he is a little slow in terms of his basketball IQ, and ironically, I think he lacks confidence. However, he will be the best pro out of this class. He’ll be able to bully his way into the paint against most 4’s from the outside and there is no way 3’s will be able to guard him in the post.

  6. bung
    5:09 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    this team ranks no.176 in assists…he had 0 assists and 5 t/o last game…

    • Bung? You should be named dung
      5:23 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks, negative Nancy/captain obvious. Do you go to children’s hospitals and cheer for illness and disease too? We all know Julius and the team have some improvement to do, so nothing you’ve just said is really news to anyone. How about if you just cheer our guys on?

  7. BravoBigBlue
    6:22 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Randle is not deserving of POY consideration. He lacks an overall game and disappears against good competition. He’ll be fine after about 3 years of struggling in the NBA.

    • Wildcatnation
      8:20 am January 18, 2014 Permalink


  8. rainman
    7:23 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    All that proves is the Pomeroy system is as flawed as the rest of them!
    McDemott, gimme a break!

    Pomeroy does however get correct the fact that Loserville is the suckiest team in the country!

  9. Wildcatnation
    8:18 am January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Doug McDermott?!
    Completely invalidated the article with him as #1.

    Does anyone actually watch basketball at Kenpom??