In a move that surprised no one, Kentucky freshman Julius Randle announced Tuesday he's headed to the NBA. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound All-American power forward is widely projected to be a top-five pick in the June 26 draft. "Growing up, I dreamed about playing in the NBA," said Randle, who has yet to hire an agent. "I came here (Kentucky) to win a national championship, I came here to mature. We came one game short." Randle is the Wildcats' 12th one-and-done player — leaving college for the NBA after a single season — in five years under coach John Calipari. Teammate James Young became the 11th last week. Each of UK's previous 10 one-and-dones has been selected in the first round, including six who were top-10 picks. Young and Randle are so far the only two players from this year's team to turn pro. Sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman forward Marcus Lee both announced they're coming back to school next year. Twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, forward Alex Poythress and center Dakari Johnson have yet to make their intentions known but have to declare one way or the other by Sunday.
Kentucky's Julius Randle declares for the NBA draft
USA Today | Apr 22