True, the Calipari years at Kentucky have seen some phenomenal young talent hit the hardwood at Rupp Arena. But rarely has a player come in with the kind of physical maturity as Julius Randle.
Sure, we have seen incredibly talented players, some of whom are putting together spectacular numbers at the professional level. But just look at the video below and ask yourself whether you’ve ever seen a freshman with this combination of strength, size and athletic ability.
Obviously we don’t know what Randle will do at Kentucky. From all indications, he is a high energy player, a hard worker and a guy who wills his teams to win (see Michael Kidd-Gilchrist).
Perhaps he will be a legend when all is said and done. Perhaps he will be the top pick in the 2014 draft.
None of that is know right now.
But man, this cat looks like an NFL tight end. Physically, he is a beast, and though we’ve learned our lesson about the unreliability of YouTube highlight reels, it is hard not to get excited about Julius Randle in a Kentucky uniform next season.
With that said, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart might have the more impressive dunks in this little compilation.