The Los Angeles Lakers selected former Kentucky Wildcat, Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night.
Soon after Adam Silver had made the announcement at Barclays Center, New York current Lakers legend Kobe Bryant took to social media to welcome in his latest teammate.
"Welcome Home @J30_RANDLE from one legendary institution to one epic franchise #LakersDraft," wrote Kobe.
Randle arrives in the NBA after one season with the Wildcats, and after leading the team to the NCAA Championship Game during March Madness, Bryant is cleary happy with the choice made by the franchise.
Randle himself, speaking to reporters soon after the pick was made, described his excitement at joining such a historic franchise.
After listing the benefits which included; a big market franchise and a team which maintains a championship mentality, Randle also noted his excitement about being able to play with a man who was his idol when growning up.
Randle himself was in determined mood Thursday night as he mentioned the fact that he saw himself as a higher than seven pick, but the Los Angeles Lakers fans were happy that he slipped a little from early season predictions.
'Randle to the Lakers' quickly became the number one trend worldwide on Twitter.
Speaking to the media at the Barclays Center, the former Wildcat admitted that he shares some similarities with his new teammate, Kobe Bryant:
"I demand a lot from my teammates as well." Randle said when asked how he felt he would cope with Bryant's notorious demanding nature.
And Bryant better prepare himself for a constant voice in his ear too with the young prospect revealing that he plans to inquire and learn from the 16-time All-Star whenever possible.
Randle was taken number seven after an impressive freshman year in college basketball.
The 6' 0", 250 pound forward managed 15 points per game and over 10 rebounds - managing 23 double-doubles in his one year in Division I basketball.
He was a pivotal performer as the Wildcats reached the 2014 NCAA Championship game but ended up on the losing side as Connecticut won out 60-54.
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