Tom Fox - Staff Photographer Julius Randle went from Plano Prestonwood to Kentucky an nearly helped the Wildcats win the NCAA title during his only year in college. Now, he's one of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA draft. Here's a look at 10 things you might not know about Randle.
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer 1. Randle embraces his Christian faith and liked to attend the Kentucky team chapel ahead of games. "That’s just something that’s important to me that I spend time hearing God’s Word before I go out and play," he wrote in coach John Calipari's blog in December.
Bob Donnan - USA TODAY Sports 2. Randle actually conducted his first interview with The Dallas Morning News when he was 11-years-old and part of the Texas Titans, financed by billionaire Kenny Trout. He stayed with the Titans through high school, and all eight class of 2013 members earned basketball scholarships.
Andy Lyons - Getty Images 3. In his short college career, Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He had a career-high 29 points in a Dec. 21 win against Belmont, also snagging 10 rebounds, marking his ninth double-double in his first dozen games. He scored in double digits in all but five college games.
Tom Fox - Staff Photographer 4. In this 2014 National Championship, UConn shut down Kentucky's offense in a 60-54 Huskies win. However, Randle still managed to chip in 10 points, second on the team.
Vernon Bryant - Staff Photographer 5. Reports surfaced in mid June that Randle would need foot surgery, but the forward denied that he needed surgery, telling Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles: "I met with the best foot doctor in the country and he said he wouldn’t do anything with my foot ... No scheduled surgery."
Tom Fox - Staff Photographer 6. Randle is very close with his mother, Carolyn Kyles, who played basketball at UT-Arlington. She raised Randle and his older sister, Nastassia, as a single parent. “Just seeing her every day get up, go to work, struggle to take care of me and my sister ... it goes to show how strong a woman she is, that she did it all by herself, Randle told the Morning News' Brad Townsend earlier this year.
Kye R. Lee - Staff Photographer 7. Randle helped lead Plano Prestonwood Christian to three TAPPS state titles, the most recent in March 2013. He averaged 32.5 points and 22.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Was the nation's consensus top power forward in the class of 2013.
J. PAT CARTER - AP 8. Former Oklahoma star Jeff Webster was an assistant coach for Randle's youth team, the Texas Titans. He taught Randle big-man skills, but also became his godfather and father figure. Randle said: Every person in that program invested in me. So many people invested in my life, the biggest person being my mom. And Jeff.”
Pool Photo - USA TODAY Sports 9. Randle is ranked as a top-10 prospect in the upcoming NBA draft, cracking the top five in some lists. He is a 6-foot-8 forward who cleans up the glass, but his left-handedness also makes him tricky to guard.
Mark Cornelison - MCT 10. It is very unlikely Randle will be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but he believes he is the best player in this year's class. He recently told ESPN Los Angeles: "I feel like I'm the best one. I don't put myself second to anybody. That's my attitude on the floor, my attitude when I compete. That's just how I was raised to be."
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