Randle karate-kicked Wisconsin out of the Final Four, leading Kentucky to an appearance in the National Championship Game.
The Bucks received some good news Tuesday afternoon, as another heralded prospect declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle announced at a press conference that he will leave the Wildcats after one season. The 6-9 Dallas native averaged a double-double in 40 games for Kentucky, leading the team in both scoring (15.0) and rebounding (10.4). At 250 pounds with a polished mid-range game, Randle is considered one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the 2014 class.
Julius Randle just officially declared for the draft. The big names are all in.
— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) April 22, 2014
As Gruman’s tweet indicates, nearly all of the biggest names in the class have now officially declared. Randle’s announcement comes on the heels of Duke freshman Jabari Parker’s decision to declare last week. The pair, along with Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Joel Embiid (Kansas) and Dante Exum (Australia), are widely considered the cream of the crop in what’s shaping up to be one of the deepest drafts in recent memory.
The Bucks closing out the season with a league-worst 15-67 record means they’re guaranteed a top four pick and enter the draft lottery with the highest adds of landing the top selection. While Milwaukee already has plenty of frontcourt depth in Larry Sanders, John Henson and Ersan Ilyasova, adding a player like Randle is not out of the question, particularly if the Bucks fall to the third or fourth pick. Right now, adding a Wiggins or Parker would seem to make the most sense, though a lot can change in the two months between now and the draft on June 26.
Here’s a peek at what Randle has to offer: