Julius Randle headlines the group of NBA prospects in the SEC. A first-class recruit coming in, Randle has been on NBA radars since his junior year in high school.
And for the most part, he's lived up to the hype, averaging a double-double (15.4 points, 10.5 boards) as a freshman.
Randle is about as physical a forward as there is in the country. Relentless on the glass and the low block, he fights and works for the majority of his buckets and boards.
He embraces contact, and if defenses aren't tough enough, he's capable of dominating them up front, like he did last month to Ole Miss when he went for 25 points and 13 boards.
Randle is also a train in the open floor with the agility of a Ferrari.
However, Randle has struggled with offensive consistency over the past two months. Randle can have trouble playing against length, and given the frequent double-teams in the post, he's prone to going long stretches without getting a good look.
Randle converted four or fewer field goals 10 different times in conference play.
But there's no denying his interior presence, and if Kentucky is going to make a run, it's going to need to establish Randle in the post.