Kentucky Wildcats Basketball's Julius Randle's greatest impact is in the "mismatches he creates"

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The more I hear about Julius Randle, the more excited I get to actually see him play. Over the course of the summer, we have seen his stock rise to where there is now a healthy debate about who could be the number one NBA Draft pick: him or Andrew Wiggins. Larry Vaught talked to Ed Issacson (@nbadraftblog) and he had this to say about Randle:

 

Question:How good do you think Julius Randle will be and what area will he make the biggest impact for Kentucky?

Isaacson: “Randle has as good long-term potential as any player who has played for Coach Calipari at Kentucky, save Anthony Davis. So many areas of his game, especially on offense, are advanced for his age, and he still has plenty of room to improve. I think where Randle makes the biggest impact is in the mismatches he creates. He is too quick for most 4′s to defend and too strong for most college 3′s to try and guard. Just having him on the floor will open up a lot of possibilities for offense without him even having to touch the ball.”

 

 

Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA West player Kelly Oubre (9) dribbles the ball against Team Canada during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Besides taking in the Floyd Mayweather fight this weekend, John Calipari was out on the recruiting trail. In the course of getting a commitment from Tyler Ulis, Calipari paid visits to Kelly Oubre and Stephen Zimmerman. According to reports, both players had great visits.

 

Kelly Oubre — one of the top players in the Class of 2014 — tweeted Friday night that he had a “great in-home visit” with the UK coach. Scout.com ranks Oubre as the No. 11 overall prospect in the senior class. The 6-foot-6 wing player is from Texas, but he’ll spend his senior season with Findlay Prep.

Oubre has a UK scholarship offer and is planning to use an official visit to see UK for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 18. He is also considering Kansas, Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, UConn and UNLV.

Top 2014 shooting guard Rashad Vaughn will also play at Findlay Prep this season, but it’s unclear whether Calipari met with the Minnesota native. Vaughn has scheduled several trips, but none to UK. His mentor, Pete Kaffey, told the Herald-Leader earlier this week that a UK visit is still possible.

UK has also offered 2014 shooting guards Devin Booker and James Blackmon Jr.

Calipari also met Friday with 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman, a Las Vegas native who plays for Bishop Gorman. Both Zimmerman and his mother said they enjoyed their visit with the UK coach.

 

Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari watches his team play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Commodores beat the Wildcats 64-48. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

We all know that John Calipari likes big point guards, so some UK fans are still a bit unsure about 5’8 commit Tyler Ulis. As for me, it’s “In Cal I trust” and if Ulis is good enough to get an offer, it’s good enough for me. What Ulis lacks in size, he makes up for in grit.

 

What Ulis lacks in size, he makes up for in grit.

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels spoke of Ulis’ toughness as a reason for his near-five-star ranking.

“You look at him and you think, ‘Man, he’s a small guard,’” Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “But what he does and brings to the table … is going to translate to the next level. He’s a guy that you can trust running your basketball team.”

Scout.com ranks Ulis as the No. 29 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. He’s been rising up the recruiting charts after a stellar summer that included a 22-point, 17-assist performance against Tyus Jones, who was long considered the No. 1 point guard in the class.

 

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