The 2014 NBA Draft is getting closer and it’s time to start taking a closer look at some of their first-round prospects. Next on the block is Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle.
Why Draft Him?
Few players coming out of this year’s class can put the ball in the hoop like Randle can. The big man has the ability to knock down a mid-range jumper, or bully his way to the hoop off the bounce. He also has a very deft touch around the rim, something you don’t see from a man of his size. He reminds me a lot like Jared Sullinger, only without his shots getting blocked about 30% of the time. He has the size to come into the league right away to make an impact and will help any team that drafts him on the offensive end.
Why Pass On Him?
Well, Randle loves to go left and everyone knows it. He may be the only one who doesn’t know how much he loves to go left. Opposing players in the NBA are going to figure that out quickly and Randle will need to add to his offensive arsenal. He showed in the National Championship Game that he has the ability to pass, but throughout the season, Randle wasn’t the most willing passer, something he will need to do at the next level. On defense, he can offer some size in the paint but isn’t the best rim-protector in the top-10 of this year’s class. While very talented, there seems to be some fundamentals of the game that Randle can pick up that will help him in the professional game.