I know that after last nights game, no one wants to talk about the possibility of UK’s freshmen departing to the NBA, but the fact is it probably will happen. And Jeff Goodman over at ESPN has some NBA comparisons for this years top freshmen.
I think it is kind of interesting that only one Wildcat is listed in the top ten freshmen and three loss Kansas has two players, but that is Goodman being Goodman. I do have to agree that at this point, NO Wildcats should have NBA aspirations at this point and I really hope they are not playing with the NBA on their minds.
Goodman has Randle as the second best freshman and here is the comparison he drew to Zach Randolph.
2. Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky Wildcats
6-9, 250 pounds
Randle had another double-double in the Wildcats’ win against Boise with 17 points and 11 boards, but struggled in their loss against North Carolina, finishing with just 11 points and five rebounds.
Comparison: Zach Randolph. “Julius has some small forward skills and is more athletic. They are both strong and tough, and both lefties. Both are aggressive scoring the ball.” — NBA executive
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Stats: 17.2 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 2.3 APG | Previous rank: 2
To be honest, it is probably a good comparison for Julius Randle. Although never a big star, Zach Randolph has had a very productive NBA career and at the age of 32 is still productive for the Grizzlies. Randolph is the subject of trade rumors and is averaging 15.8 points and 9.2 rebounds.