Kentucky Basketball: 5 Reasons Why Julius Randle Must Declare for 2014 NBA Draft

5 Reasons Why Julius Randle Must Declare for 2014 NBA Draft

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The dominance Julius Randle has displayed throughout the entirety of the season has been baffling. The effortless way he glides to the rim and the way he rises over three defenders to hit a crafty layup are all signs of a player who is ready for the next level. That said, here are five reasons why Randle is ready for the NBA.

5. NBA Athleticism

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5. NBA Athleticism

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The physical specimen that is Julius Randle is arguably the most athletic player in college basketball. His size and athletic ability would be a problem for most NBA talent, which shows he is ready for that stage from a physical standpoint.

4. More Offensive Freedom

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4. More Offensive Freedom

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With the offensive arsenal Kentucky has this year with its flurry of top recruits, Julius Randle touched the ball much less than he would have anywhere else. Randle would be an offensive focus for any team that lands him, giving him significantly more offensive freedom.

3. Reduced Minutes With Incoming Class

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3. Reduced Minutes With Incoming Class

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Kentucky already has a loaded roster with more to come next season. If Randle stays in college, his minutes will decrease with John Calipari finding minutes for the eight or nine other future NBA players on the team.

2. More Complete Development

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2. More Complete Development

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Julius Randle has, without question, grown as a player during his time at Kentucky, but that doesn’t compare to what NBA development coaches will do with him. His right hand as well as shooting touch will grow drastically with an NBA team.

1. Could Land With Championship Contender

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1. Could Land With Championship Contender

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With where Julius Randle’s draft stock stands right now, finding himself in a Lakers jersey next season is very possible. With Kobe Bryant returning next season, the addition of Julius Randle could make them championship contenders in his first season out of school.

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