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5 Reasons Why Julius Randle Should Stay At Kentucky, Avoid NBA Draft

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5 Reasons Why Julius Randle Should Stay At Kentucky, Avoid NBA Draft

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With the Final Four just a few days away, the Kentucky Wildcats have shown the quality of play that we thought they had to begin the season. Part of that is due to the play of an expected top five 2014 NBA Draft pick, Julius Randle. Although extremely likely he will declare for the draft once Kentucky is out of the tournament, it may be better for Randle to stay in college for another season. Here are five reasons why Randle should stay at UK.

5. National Championship Potential

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5. National Championship Potential

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The Wildcats are likely to have another top three recruiting class, and although Randle and Kentucky are still in the running for the 2014 National Championship, his return could signal the dominance that the Wildcats were expected to see this season.

4. Turnover Issues

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4. Turnover Issues

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Early in the season, Randle’s turnovers cost Kentucky games. He’s cleaned up his game, but will go through stretches where it shows back up.

3. He Keeps Getting Better

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3. He Keeps Getting Better

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Randle started out this season as the main workhorse for Kentucky, but say what you want about John Calipari’s coaching; his improvement throughout the season has been obvious. Another year would increase his chances of a long-term stint in the NBA.

2. He’ll Go No. 1 Overall

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2. He’ll Go No. 1 Overall

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If Randle was to go back to college, there are almost no possible scenarios that see him going anywhere except No. 1 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

1. Money

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1. Money

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Let’s face it -- the main reason these “one-and-dones” leave college is because of the financial security that the NBA offers. If Randle was to leave now, he’s projected to go either fourth or third overall. Both of those are nearly a million dollars a year less than the salary of the No. 1 overall pick for the first three years.