We haven’t been this excited for a college basketball season in a long time. The freshman class is so deep this year that its most hyped prospect (Andrew Wiggins) has been a bit of a letdown so far and yet hardly anyone is talking about that. That’s because Jabari Parker of Duke and Kentucky’s Julius Randle have been so explosive, so unstoppable, so obviously on another level from almost every other player in the country. Read More »
While Andrew Wiggins has caught a lot of the hype for teams preparing to lose this season, there are plenty other competent consolation prizes, Julius Randle being one of them. Randle is a 6-9, 250-pound forward who will be playing his college ball with John Calipari and the superteam over at Kentucky this season. Read More »
It’s basically already set in stone: Marcus Smart and Julius Randle will be top-five picks next summer. Both are straight beasts that project as possible NBA All-Stars. After a recent open gym, the two got locked in a playful dunk-off, going back and forth with some of the nastiest finishes you’ll ever see from a couple of teenagers. Read More »
The sting of an extraordinarily disappointing season that ended last night in a first round NIT loss to Robert Morris hurts a little bit less this afternoon for Kentucky fans.
In a press conference at his high school, 6-9 five-star recruit Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academuy, Dallas, TX) officially committed to Kentucky, choosing the ‘Cats over Florida, Kansas and Texas.
So while the Wildcats may have skulked off the court in embarrassed fashion last night, Randle joins an incoming class that will likely have John Calipari‘s squad ranked No. 1 when next season starts. Read More »
Whether you think Andrew Wiggins is the best high school player in America or that Jabari Parker or Julius Randle is the top dog, you should know this: all three of them are going to take the college basketball planet by storm once they hit the NCAA. Here’s Randle in a recent holiday event just completely destroying the competition. Read More »
Say hello to the new No. 1-ranked player in the Class of 2013 (at least according to Rivals): Julius Randle. Yep, he’s now ranked ahead of Jabari Parker, and while some might say Andrew Wiggins is the best player in the nation (especially after seeing this video), Randle is a monster. Obvious Zach Randolph comparisons aside, Randle is something you rarely see at the high school level because of his combination of power and quickness. Shoutout to Hoopmixtape for another insane mix. They’ve been killing it… Read More »
The high school summer season is when players can make themselves household names. In the cases of Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle, they already have that, and at places like the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, it’s all about proving you’re the best. Courtesy of our friends at CityLeagueHoopsTV, we have the footage of the two high school studs going against each other for the right to call themselves the best (arguably) in the nation. Apparently, Wiggins got the better of them in the head-to-head matchups but Randle had the better all-around game. Read More »
When it comes to ranking high school basketball players, opinions can run all over the map. One analyst may think a certain kid is Top-10 nationally, while another thinks that same kid isn’t even Top-5 in his own state. And because there’s no solid criteria — much like the NBA’s MVP award — it’s a system built to create varying opinions and lengthy arguments.
Except when it comes to Julius Randle. Read More »
Tony Parker, Paul George, Kobe Bryant. All three players were first-round picks but not selected in the first five picks of their respective drafts. They are evidence of this simple fact: There are plenty of talented players available besides the top prospects.
To expand on this further, from the 25 players selected for the 2013 All-Star Game (Rondo was injured), 10 of said players were selected after the fifth pick in their respective drafts. Moreover, the entire starting lineup of the Indiana Pacers does not have one player that was selected higher than the 10th pick of their draft. Read More »