With scouting reports coming in from individual and group workouts, and the lottery now being set, more accurate mock drafts can be established. For Kentucky fans, this means we can get a better idea where both Julius Randle and James Young are going to land. It appeared, after the NBA combine, that Julius Randle’s stock was holding steady and James Young was on the rise. However, after some recent comments, it appears as though that Julius Randle might be slipping a bit. Ryen Russillo from Grantland talked with some NBA scouts, who had some interesting things to say about Julius Randle, especially the comparisons to Zach Randolph.
The comparisons to Zach Randolph have to stop. I’ve watched Zach since he was 12. Zach had it; he has great feet and can shoot. He’s not Zach.
[Julius Randle is an] Awful passer, but he doesn’t want to pass anyway. He goes one way, tries to knock everyone over. He’s so left-hand dominant it was comical. If you put him in a gym by himself, could he make a right-handed layup? He’s a good athlete but didn’t always use it. A lot of his stuff, offensively, won’t work in the NBA. It’s going to be a huge adjustment for him.
With this interesting and somewhat troubling assessment, it would appear that there is at least one NBA scout that has major concern over how Julius Randle will transition to the NBA. My take on this whole thing is yes, he will struggle to adjust. However, this is not because of his limited skill set or anything of the like. It’s because he will not be able to simply dominate people physically at the next level. However, his natural talent and athleticism will allow for Julius Randle to become a force in this league. It will just take some adjusting, but it will happen. Overall, this shouldn’t hurt his draft stock much if at all. I don’t see him falling past the Celtics and Lakers at six and seven overall.