Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) shoots the ball against Connecticut Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels (2) in the second half during the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Draft Day is Less Than A Week Away


There is less than a week separating two former Kentucky Wildcats from something they’ve been dreaming about since they were a child, draft day.

The 2014 NBA Draft is officially less than a week away, we are sitting at 6 days until we get to cheer two more Wildcats into the next stage of their lives. Both James Young and Julius Randle have proved themselves in the NBA Combine and in team work outs, they are worthy. Who would’ve thought otherwise though. they are Kentucky Wildcats, of course they’re worthy.

As opposed to other stars whose name is going to be called Thursday night, these two are used to huge crowds and an immense amount of fans surrounding them, as well as the criticism they’re going to receive. Being at Kentucky prepares future NBA stars as to what it’s going to be like when they reach the big stage, because in Kentucky, they are on the big stage. The Kentucky stage may be bigger than some NBA stages, too, so they’ll really be prepared. Not many other schools can say the same, so other future draftees are in for a surprise.

With an injury to one of the future top draft picks, if not the potential number one pick and former Kansas standout, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle may be picked higher than many initially thought. To me, I’d choose him over anybody else, NBA teams don’t know Julius like we do, any who pass on him, will regret it one day. James Young should be in the lottery, there shouldn’t be any reason he falls out of the top 20 picks. If that were to happen, teams who were sleeping on James Young will likely regret it in the future, too, especially when he’s scoring buzzer beaters against their team.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am overly excited about the NBA Draft, it’s one of my favorite nights of the year. I love guessing who each team is going to pick and the excitement I feel when one of our guys has been chosen on draft day. My favorite memory of the NBA Draft was the overwhelming excitement I felt when Anthony Davis was chosen, then feeling so hopeful that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be next, but feeling doubtful. I screamed very loudly when he was chosen as the 2nd pick, I couldn’t have been more proud than to see those two guys go 1 and 2 in the NBA Draft. It’s awesome being a Kentucky fan.

Good luck, Julius and James.

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