Julius Randle entered the University of Kentucky as one of the top five high school recruits, he could leave his hometown of Dallas tonight as the highest rated freshman of 2014.
Over the course of this season, more interest has been paid to the likes of Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke's Jabari Parker as far as college freshman are concerned. However, as Kentucky's performance has improved throughout this tournament, more and more people are starting to see the star potential in Randle.
Randle's stats throughout the tournament are impressive too, he has averaged 15.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game and has recorded a double-double in all but one March Madness game so far.
Sure, Aaron Harrison may have the spectacular game-winners on SportsCenter but it is Randle who is impressing the scouts.
He may not be the number one pick, true NBA scouts and talent evaluators know that Wiggins, Parker and even Joel Embiid are better athletes and probably more NBA-ready.
One thing that those scouts and talent evaluators should take into account is Randle's will to win. He is in a championship game as an eighth seed. Whether or not Kentucky should be an eighth seed can be debated but what cannot be debated is that Randle has won four more NCAA tournament games than Embiid, Parker and Wiggins collectively.
Right now Randle is flying under the radar, but he is on course to be an NBA star.
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