After a crazy and exciting tournament run, the 2013-2014 Kentucky Wildcats had some decisions to make. Eight players from the team had a chance to declare for the 2104 NBA Draft and forego their remaining eligibility. The decisions came in one at a time, and slowly came to a close with the announcement of Aaron and Andrew Harrison. When all of this dust settled, the Kentucky Wildcats only lost Julius Randle and James Young, something that had long been expected for both players. Now, in preparing for the next step in their basketball careers, both former Kentucky Wildcats were invited to and will participate in the 2014 NBA Draft Combine in hopes of showcasing their abilities and improving their draft stock one last time.
Both players should be able to shine in this yearly event, as they had to hold back some of their strengths for the sake of the team throughout the year. Julius Randle spent the majority of his time in the low post for John Calipari this past season. However, he showed flashes of above average driving ability and a jump shot that can be molded into a real threat. James Young was primarily a three-point shooter for Coach Cal, but showed throughout the year that he can be an excellent driver, something that is taylor-made for the NBA. If both of the former Wildcats can showcase what they sacrificed for the team during the season, then they will no doubt raise some eyebrows…and potentially their draft stock.
Julius Randle is projected to go fourth overall by draftnet and fifth overall by express. By the same two services, James Young is projected go eleventh and fifteenth overall respectively. A solid showing in front of the NBA executives and scouts at the 60-person combine event could do wonders for their draft stocks. In fact, James Young could show enough to warrant a top-10 pick if he is able to stay consistent and perform at a high level throughout the event. Randle, unless something drastic happens, will be a top-5 pick regardless of what happens at the combine. It’s simply a matter, for him, of how much money he is going to be guaranteed. Either way, look for both players to show off what they couldn’t during the season. And watch the 2014 NBA Draft to hear both of their names called as they walk across the stage.