Lost among the rumors of a possibility that Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, or Arron Afflalo, might be coming to Chicago is the NBA draft tomorrow night. Another rumor is the Bulls are going to let go of Power Forward, Carlos Boozer. Well, this Examiner thinks one of the players available in the draft would be a good under study to new starting Power Forward, Taj Gibson, and that is Kentucky Freshman, Julius Randle.
Randle went to Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano Texas, and when he graduated he was highly regarded as a top 5 player. He committed to Kentucky, and made an immediate impact averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds a game, and helped lead the underdog Wildcats to the National Championship game. He was named SEC Freshman of the year, and first team all-conference along with other honors. He had 24 double-doubles the second most in Kentucky history.
He has great strength inside the paint obviously, and is a good rebounder, but his 6 ft 9 inch, 250 lb frame allows him also to run the floor hard in transition for easy baskets. His spin moves and shooting from different angles makes NBA scouts think he can develop into even more of a good post player.
However, he can get better at the free throw line, his defense needs more of a consistent effort, and his passing needs more improvement too. With the proper coaching by the Bulls and a willingness to work to improve, there is no reason why Randle cannot fix those things.
Randle is projected to go anywhere from fifth to eighth, but it would not be bad if somehow he fell right into the Bulls’ lap.