LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky forward Julius Randle will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections.
With five days left before the deadline for underclassmen to declare, the 6-foot-9 Dallas native announced the decision many expected even before he arrived as part of Kentucky's best recruiting class. Projected as a lottery pick from the outset, Randle solidified his draft stock by leading Kentucky (29-11) to the NCAA final with a string of double-doubles, despite being double- and triple-teamed.
Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds and was voted to the Associated Press' all-American third team. He joins Kentucky freshman guard James Young, who said last week that he would enter the June 26 draft.