Julius Randle has had the hype since he committed to Kentucky during the offseason. An unstoppable force at the rim with the ability to handle the ball and hit a mid-range jumper, his offensive game is supposed to be off the charts.
Through his first two games, he has lived up to all the hype. Averaging 22 points and over 14 rebounds per game, Randle is putting up numbers that college basketball hasn't seen since Michael Beasley.
Despite the gaudy numbers, Randle and John Calipari both believe he hasn't played to the best of his ability, which is a scary thought. He could realistically put up a 30 point, 20 rebound game, and no one would bat an eye.
Coupled with the gift of an incredible point guard in Andrew Harrison and teammates around him that all can score, Randle should be in plenty of one-on-one situations this season. He should be taking advantage of this by putting up lofty scoring numbers and garnering plenty of awards.
One of the awards will be the coveted National Player of the Year. Also helping Randle's case is the fact Kentucky is currently, and expected to stay, at No. 1 in the country for most of the year.