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Projected Draft Range: 5-8
Potential Landing Spots: LA Lakers, Boston, Sacramento, Utah
While Kentucky's Julius Randle may not be significantly better than anyone who's drafted ahead of him, he's still a steal if he lands at No. 7 or No. 8.
Think about it. He's a one-and-done freshman star with an NBA-ready body, a Final Four under his belt, an unquestioned passion and a really high ceiling. And he'll probably be left out of the top five.
There are questions about whether he'll be able to guard NBA post players and whether he'll expand his offensive skill set. Those concerns have some validity to them, but his foot speed, power and nose for the ball will compensate in a big way.
CBS Sports' Matt Moore explained how Randle has top-three potential in this draft but may fall to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 7:
"Randle could go three, I wouldn't be shocked. He could fall here (No. 7) or lower, I wouldn't be shocked. Either way, I think he's going to kick (butt) at the next level. I love the idea of his competitiveness growing under Kobe Bryant's tutelage."
He probably won't be an NBA superstar, but that's okay. He and his squad will settle for countless double-doubles and a rock-solid secondary scoring option on playoff runs.