Former Kentucky Wildcats Julius Randle and James Young are at the 2014 NBA Combine currently, working hard to advance and showcase their skills to numerous NBA executives and scouts. Both players, as stated earlier this week on Wildcat Blue Nation, are trying to showcase the abilities that they had to sacrifice for the betterment of the 2013-2014 version of the Kentucky Wildcats team. It is these skills that both Randle and Young are working hard on in order to prove themselves to these NBA higher ups, all in hopes of improving their draft stock for the upcoming NBA draft. Of course, before any of the drills begin, players must measure in to get their official measurements, which can often times be skewed by home colleges.
At the combine, Julius Randle’s official measurements are as follows: 6’9″ in shoes, 6’7.75″ in socks, 7’0″ wingspan, and a 8’9.5″ standing reach. While to the normal human being, these numbers might seem big, they are not for an NBA power forward. In fact, these numbers are below average for Randle’s position. This will be cause for concerned for NBA decision makers, as they are weary of in between position prospects. Especially when the bulk of Randle’s strength is his post game. James Young, on the other hand, had some better measurements. Young’s measurements are as follows: 6’6.75″ in shoes, 6’5.25″ in socks, 7’0″ wingspan, and a 8’8″ standing reach. These numbers for Young are great, as many project him to play the two guard position in the NBA. Unlike Randle, whose numbers were below average for his position, James Young’s numbers are elite for the two guard.
When all is said and done, Randle’s measurements shouldn’t hurt him at all, as his work during the entirety of the college basketball season speak for themselves. However, I wouldn’t expect Randle to improve his stock thanks to these numbers. James Young, on the other hand, can see his stock skyrocket with his official measurements. If Young can showcase an average ball handling and passing skill, which was considered a weakness for him during much of the season, then there is no reason why he cannot see his stock rise. Of course, he needs to improve this without sacrificing his excellent jump shooting and slashing ability, which is the crux of his entire game. It should be an interesting time for both Kentucky prospects in the 2014 NBA draft, both of whom will make the team that eventually drafts them very happy.