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Julius Randle said skipping the combine was not an option


NBA prospects projected to go as high as Julius Randle will often skip the draft combine. Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are three examples of that this year. But missing out on the pre-draft workouts in Chicago was never an option for Randle.

“I’m a competitor,” he told Seth Davis and Steve Smith during an interview on the NBA TV set.

Matt Winer said NBA GMs are anxious to learn Randle’s true height and standing reach this week when the official measurements are released. Fellow combine analyst Grant Hill said teams will love Randle’s relentlessness on the glass and his ability to post up in the paint.

“His scoring and his rebounding is going to allow him to come in and make an impact right away,” Hill said. “This kid, he’s got a chance to be really special.”

Potentially making an impact as a rookie didn’t make the decision to leave Lexington any easier. Randle admitted it was hard to leave UK when it came time to throw his name in the draft.

“I didn’t want to.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Julius Randle said skipping the combine was not an option

  1. bleedblueky
    2:37 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    BBN would LOVE & SUPPORT Julius no matter where he plays in the future 🙂

  2. NO1UNO
    2:41 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    When considering the level of success Cal has achieved at UK, you have to be impressed but you also have to be impressed by the quality of individuals he brings into the program. How can you not just love Randle? Such a good kid.

    • Dummy
      3:48 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, I mean he brought in Archie Goodwin, Demarcus Cousins, Terrance Jones, etc. All high-character kids with no legal history whatsoever.

    • Dummy is a dummy
      4:24 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, you are a dummy alright. Did they have legal histories when they were here? Does Cousins have a legal history at all? Does he donate millions of dollars to charity? Did TerrEnce Jones actually have the charges dropped? You are fricking retarded.

  3. Don
    2:45 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    “I didn’t want to” ?

    • Nod
      2:54 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Only because he needed to

  4. RealUKFan
    3:02 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Randle did the only thing he could do. Going pro was the only option. We would all have loved to have him back, but we all know that is just not possible. He has his opportunity to care for himself and his family for the rest of their lives and it would have been silly for him to have bypassed that. Just glad we had him for a year.

    • crazycatfan
      9:51 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Love the guy!!! His Mom definitely taught him well!!! Wish he could have stayed, but it wasn’t an option.

  5. Mack
    8:11 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    How come the NBA network listed his age as 22?