The short but memorable college career of Julius Randle is now over.
The Kentucky Wildcats forward announced at a live pres conference that he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
“To all the Kentucky fans, I want to thank you all for what you’ve done for me this year,” Randle said. “I can’t thank my coaches enough for the work they’ve done with me in helping me reach this point.
“Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart.”
Regarded as a Top-5 pick for the majority of the season, Randle averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while picking up a number of awards, including SEC Freshman of the Year, while also being selected First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman.
When the NBA Draft commences in June, Randle should hear his name called fairly quickly. He’s projected to go in the top 5, and could go as high as 3 or 4 depending on how the draft lottery shapes out.
Here’s Randle and his mom, who flew to Kentucky for the announcement:
There is some concern with parts of his game that could cause him to fall out of the top 10, but he’s certainly earned a chance to be drafted alongside the best players in this year’s draft class.
Randle was by far the best player on a team that finished it’s season in the National Championship game, and he won’t be easily replaced by the Cats.
Good luck to Julius in his NBA journey. He has the potential to have a very long and productive carer with whoever is fortunate enough to draft him.
And if doesn’t work out for him in the NBA, there’s always a potential boxing career for him.