The top of the draft class is officially on the board.
Julius Randle became the last of the presumptive top-eight picks to declare for the 2014 NBA draft when he announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he was leaving Kentucky after one season. [tweet https://twitter.com/J30_RANDLE/status/458662621089386496 align=’center’]
Actually, a lot more than the top eight have declared, but Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh and Randle have garnered the most media and scout attention. Randle is slotted as the No. 4 overall pick in NESN.com’s mock draft.
Randle, 19, averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a freshman. He led the Wildcats to the NCAA championship game, where they lost to the UConn Huskies 60-54.