- Julius Randle
- Hometown (Last School)
- Dallas, TX (Prestonwood Christian)
- November 29, 1994
Julius Randle was born Julius Deion Randle on November 29, 1994, in Dallas, Texas to Carolyn Kyles. His mother played basketball at Texas.
Randle attended Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, where he was widely regarded as a top 5 player in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Andrew Harrison, and Aaron Gordon. He averaged 32.5 points and 22.5 rebounds per game as a senior en route to claiming the state title. Randle won state titles at Prestonwood Christian Academy during his freshman, junior and senior seasons. He was the nation’s consensus top power forward and was ranked the No. 2 overall player by Rivals, the No. 3 overall player by ESPN, and the No. 5 overall player by Scout. The McDonald’s All-America selection posted 11 points and seven rebounds in the annual all-star game and he earned co-MVP honors of the Jordan Brand Classic game with 19 points and seven rebounds. Randle played in the FIBA tournament with Team USA’s U18 squad where he averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. In his final three high school games, he poured in 34 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in each contest.
On March 20, 2013, Randle committed to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Texas, Kansas and Florida. He then joined twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee as the sixth incoming Kentucky player selected to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game, as well as the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic.
In his only year at Kentucky, Randle appeared and started in all 40 games for UK. He led the squad with 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and set UK single-season freshman records in rebounds (417), double-doubles (24), and made free throws (204). He was named SEC Freshman of the Year, while also being selected First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman and was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. He posted a double-double effort in his debut with 23 points and 16 rebounds against UNC Asheville, while making 11 free throws. Randle tallied a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds against Northern Kentucky. He went for 27 points, including 23 in the second half, and 13 rebounds against Michigan State, his third consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound game. Randle notched a fourth consecutive double-double to open the season with a 10-point, 15-rebound performance while adding a pair of blocks against Robert Morris. He tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a win over UT Arlington for a fifth consecutive double-double. Randle recorded a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds in UK’s win over Cleveland State. He recorded his eighth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 boards in UK’s win over Boise State. Randle scored 29 points, with 13 free throws, and grabbed 10 boards in UK’s win over Belmont. He notched 20 points, including 10 free throws and 14 rebounds in a losing effort at Arkansas. Randle notched his 11th double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in UK’s win over Texas A&M. He tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals in UK’s win over Missouri and tallied 13 points and 13 rebounds against Florida for his 13th career double-double. He notched another double-double at Ole Miss, leading UK with 25 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds. Randle scored with 3.9 seconds left in overtime to give UK a 77-76 victory over LSU. He tallied another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Arkansas. Randle recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards at Florida and notched 10 points and 15 rebounds at South Carolina. He tallied a double-double with 17 points and 16 boards against LSU in the SEC Tournament and notched his sixth consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 boards against Georgia in the SEC Tournament. In the NCAA Midwest Regional second round, Randle added another double-double with 19 points and 15 boards against Kansas State. In the third round game, he posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists to help UK knock off Wichita State then notched 15 points and 12 rebounds in UK’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville. On March 30, 2014, in the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals, Randle recorded his nation-leading 24th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in UK’s win over Michigan then tallied 16 points and five rebounds as UK knocked off Wisconsin in the Final Four. He notched 10 points, six rebounds and four assists vs. Connecticut in the National Championship.
On February 28, 2014, Randle was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year. He went on to help Kentucky reach the national championship game against Connecticut. He ended the 2013–14 season with 24 double-doubles, the second most double-doubles by a UK player in school history, behind Dan Issel’s 25 in 1969–70, and the most double-doubles by a UK freshman (the previous record was shared by DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at 20). In 40 games (all starts), he averaged 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 30.8 minutes per game.
- Final Four NCAA All-Tournament team
- Midwest Region NCAA All-Tournament team
- Lute Olson CollegeInsider All-America team
- USBWA Freshman All-America
- NABC Third-team All-America
- AP Third-team All-America
- SEC All-Tournament team
- SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
- SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP)
- All-SEC First team (Coaches, AP)
- All-SEC Freshman team (Coaches)
- USBWA District IV All-Region team
- Two-time SEC Player of the Week
- One-time SEC Freshman of the Week
- Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week (2/25/14)
- Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (2/25/14)
- CBS National Player of the Week (11/11/13)
On April 22, 2014, Randle declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility. Randle was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.