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Bold prediction that will get me yelled at: Julius Randle will be the best player in college basketball this season.
Yes, I know about that guy who decided to go to Kansas. I also know about the kid who decided to stay a year at Oklahoma State. But, neither is a better college basketball player than Julius Randle.
The 6'9" power forward from Texas is a rare mix of strength and finesse at the college level. An ESPN article from last year compared Randle to Hall of Famer Billy Owens. Ronnie Flores also got to explain Randle's game, saying he can dominate smaller players inside and is too athletic for post players to handle.
How do you contain that?
The simple answer is, you can't. You need to hope Randle has an off-night shooting or someone else from Kentucky is wanting the spotlight that night.
Randle's not just all offense either, as he is dominant on the glass, and it wouldn't be shocking to see him put up double-doubles quite a bit during the season. Randle won't gain as many headlines as Andrew Wiggins might, but Randle is also sharing the floor with more talent—on paper at least.
However, Randle will be the SEC Player of the Year and an All-American. Don't be surprised if people talk about him deserving National Player of the Year as well. There will not be a better overall college basketball player than the incoming freshman.