Julius Randle smiled when he heard his name called.
He dished out hugs to his mother, his mentor and his head coach as he walked to the podium. He looked the part of a happy draftee when he shook hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
It wasn’t until ESPN analyst Jay Williams asked Randle whether he thought he should have been selected earlier than No. 7 overall that he admitted to another emotion.
“I think I should have went higher for sure, but the teams that passed on me will regret it,” Randle said.