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Julius Randle certainly added to his fanbase after plowing through Michigan State's defense in the second half of the State Farm Champions Classic.
Though he went through some downs before the ups, the positives easily outweighed the negatives.
An absolute terror on the low block, Randle's blend of size, strength, touch and skill has been overwhelming early on. With Kentucky desperate for buckets, the offense continuously went to Randle, who found ways to score in isolation, against double-teams and through all sorts of traffic in the lane.
His ability to finish after contact is what's really impressive, given that's usually the biggest knock on freshman big guys and a hurdle during the college-to-pro transition.
Through three games, Randle is averaging a whopping 24 points and 14 boards on 64 percent shooting.
He'll start off at No. 4 based on his questionable defensive outlook. He doesn't appear to be much of a force at this end of the floor.
But with a body built for the pros and the obvious talent to take over a game, Randle has established himself as a No. 1 overall contender.