Last Tuesday was the kind of night that was so special it made Dick Vitale’s infectious brand of enthusiastic analysis seem modest.
Three of the best freshmen we’ve seen in quite some time were on display and the trio — buoyed by the moment, rather than intimidated by it — delivered in a way that couldn’t have been expected.
But early this season, the one freshman truly delivering on the hype is Kentucky’s frontcourt dynamo Julius Randle. He won’t turn 19 until after Thanksgiving, but the frosh from Dallas, Texas is already showing the type of talent to potentially unseat Andrew Wiggins as the top NBA prospect of 2014.
In his first game as a college player, Randle poured in 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in just 26 minutes of play. He was a bucket away from tying the Kentucky record for most points in a Wildcat debut and two rebounds away from the best-ever start on the glass.