In case you have not figured it out yet, Julius Randle is going to be very, very good this year. So good that NBA teams that are tanking their late season games for a better draft pick, may want to consider Randle first overall. Yes, ahead of Andrew Wiggins. Check out what Dime magazine had to say about Randle and make sure to not drool on your keyboard or phone in anticipation.
Just watching tape of Randle for a few minutes and one word pops up into my mind: powerful. Every move he makes, every finish, it’s just powerful. He possesses a very strong body, which he uses to move players and finish strong at the rim. Another thing I took notice of was his handles for someone of his size. He doesn’t move like Chris Paul, but he has to ability to cross a defender and finish at the rim. If you watch any of his highlights, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Watching a guy this size cross someone over at midcourt is jaw dropping. Randle also possesses an ability to finish through contact. He’s a hard guy to stop at the rim, so it leads to him getting fouled and finishing often.
Randle competes and plays like an animal on the court. He has the size of a lion, with the heart of one to complement. He loves to attack the basket and smells when opponents fear him. Unlike Wiggins, who has been criticized for the lack of a killer instinct, Randle definitely won’t have this problem. He will keep going and keep attacking until he’s satisfied. The guy is fearless. That is an attribute you can’t teach and something that’ll help Randle in his NBA career. What he lacks in athleticism, Randle picks back up with his strength and aggression.
Randle has drawn comparison to Chris Webber, but I prefer a Kevin Garnett comparison. Much like Garnett, Randle prefers the face-up game rather than being on the block. That being said, he can still play with his back to the basket. Just the aggression both bring to the court makes them comparable. Imagine Garnett against Randle in the future — that will be one to watch for. Both have “never say die” attitudes, something that is very rare in today’s game.
Hey everyone …. meet your #4 and your #17 best coach in college basketball. I don’t think I have to tell you who is the better coach, right? This is according to the folks at Athlon Sports. In their ranking of top coaches, they listed Calipari as the fourth best coach behin Tom Izzo, Rick Pitino, and Coach K.
You know what? I’m struggling with an upper respiratory infection today, so I’m not going to nitpick. Pitino is coming off a title so I’m not going to complain. Four is better than Seventeen, right? Seventeen? I guess it’s better than Larry Brown at forty.
4. John Calipari, Kentucky
Record at Kentucky: 123-26 overall (.826), 52-14 SEC (.788)
NCAA Tournament: 38-13, four Final Fours, one national championship
Calipari had his worst season since 2004-05 at Memphis as Kentucky went 21-12 and lost to Robert Morris in the NIT. True, this was not a typical Calipari team, but the Wildcats were on the verge of the NCAA Tournament before star Nerlens Noel went down with a leg injury. But Calipari should rebound in a way only he can. While his 2012-13 team plodded through an unimpressive SEC, Calipari was assembling one of the best recruiting classes of all time. Calipari could turn an NIT embarrassment into another Final Four appearance or more in 2013-14.
We all know that Stanley Johnson likes the addition of Tyler Ulis to Kentucky. But how would he react to the news that Kentucky may be the favorite for Kelly Oubre? Looks like pretty well…
That got some fans wondering: If Oubre — a top small forward in the class of 2014 — committed to the Cats, where would that leave Stanley Johnson?
Johnson also is an elite small forward in the senior class, and he was one of the first 2014 prospects to receive an offer from Kentucky. Many consider him UK’s No. 1 priority in this recruiting cycle.
The California native made his feelings clear Tuesday. Oubre to UK would only make Lexington a more attractive destination:
If @K_Ctmd22 commits to UK it just betters the situation just making it clear
— Stanley Johnson (@StanMan_41) September 17, 2013
Both players will take official visits to UK for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 18.