Kentucky's Julius Randle Should Make Run at No. 1 Pick After Declaring for NBA Draft

By Connor Muldowney

John Calipari has done it once again. The Kentucky Wildcats head coach brought in a star player who will likely make a run at the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. Julius Randle is the latest “one-and-done” athlete from Kentucky who has a great chance to be a star at the next level and he could be the No. 1 overall pick.

On Tuesday afternoon, Randle declared for the NBA draft and he is one of the most NBA-ready players that has left college early in recent years.

That’s about as concrete as it gets when the university tweets at the star about leaving, but the speculation of the Randle staying at Kentucky is finally over — for those who were still holding onto some sort of hope that he would stay for his sophomore season.

With the Wildcats, Randle averaged about 15 points and 10 rebounds, making a big splash in the college ranks and it looks like he is comparable to Zach Randolph who had similar numbers in his first year in college before leaving for the NBA.

Randle is a big bruiser and the NBA welcomes guys like that who can hustle and grab boards.

Don’t sleep on Randle during the draft because he should be a top-three pick and, in my opinion, he is the top big man in this draft and should be chosen over a guy like Joel Embiid.

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