Julius Randle

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Julius Randle
Julius Randle with Lakers.jpg
Randle with the Lakers in December 2015
No. 30 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-11-29) November 29, 1994 (age 22)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Prestonwood Christian
(Plano, Texas)
College Kentucky (2013–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Julius Deion Randle (born November 29, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats before being drafted by the Lakers with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Randle performs a reverse dunk during the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

Randle attended Prestonwood Christian Academy 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.[1][2][3]

In August 2012, Randle won the Under Armour Elite 24 dunk Contest[4] and the next day he was named one of the MVPs of the Elite 24 game, where he scored 27 points and led his team to a 164-138 victory.[5]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Randle was listed as the No. 1 power forward and the No. 2 player in the nation in 2013.[6]

The weekend after Thanksgiving in his senior season, Randle fractured his foot playing in a tournament and missed three months as a result. In March 2013, Randle returned for the TAPPS 5A playoffs and led his team to its third state title in four years.[7] As a senior in 2012–13, Randle averaged 32.5 points and 22.5 rebounds per game.[8]

On March 20, 2013, Randle committed to Kentucky, choosing them over Texas, Kansas and Florida. He then joined Andrew Harrison, his twin brother Aaron Harrison, James Young, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee as the sixth Kentucky player selected to play in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game as well as the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic.

College career[edit]

On February 28, 2014, Randle was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year.[9] He went on to help Kentucky reach the national championship game, which they lost to the University of 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.[10]

On April 22, 2014, Randle declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[11]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Kentucky 40 40 30.8 .501 .167 .706 10.4 1.4 .5 .8 15.0

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers (2014–present)[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Randle was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.[12] On July 13, 2014, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Lakers.[13] On October 28, 2014, after only 14 minutes of official NBA playing time, Randle broke his right tibia during the Lakers' 2014–15 season opener against the Houston Rockets.[14] He underwent successful surgery the following day to repair the fracture,[15] and subsequently missed the rest of the season. On March 9, 2015, he was cleared to participate in full weight-bearing, non-contact basketball activities.[16]

2015–16 season[edit]

Randle returned to action in July 2015 with the Lakers' Summer League team.[17] Exactly a year after injuring himself in his NBA debut, Randle had a much better second NBA game, recording 15 points and 11 rebounds as a starter in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[18] Randle had a solid outing on November 1 against the Dallas Mavericks, recording 22 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block in a 103–93 loss.[19] On December 2, he recorded 15 points and a then career-high 19 rebounds in a 108–104 win over the Washington Wizards.[20] On January 29, 2016, he scored a career-high 23 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[21] He matched that mark on March 8, recording 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 107–98 win over the Orlando Magic.[22] On March 25, he recorded his first career triple-double with 13 points, 18 rebounds and a then career-high 10 assists in a 116–105 loss to the Denver Nuggets. At 21 years old, he became the youngest Lakers player with a triple-double since Magic Johnson.[23] Six days later, he hit a tie-breaking hook shot in the paint with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Lakers to a 102–100 win over the Miami Heat.[24] On April 6, he set a career high with 20 rebounds in a 91–81 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[25]

2016–17 season[edit]

In the 2016 offseason, Randle joined the US Select Team that practised against the United States men's national team ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[26]

On November 15, 2016, Randle recorded his second career triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 125–118 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[27] He appeared in all 15 games to begin the 2016–17 season before missing three straight in late November because of a hip injury.[28] On November 30, he had 13 points and matched a career-high with 20 rebounds in a 96–90 win over the Chicago Bulls.[29] On January 3, 2017, Randle recorded his third career triple-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists in a 116–102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[30]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 L.A. Lakers 1 0 14.0 .333 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
2015–16 L.A. Lakers 81 60 28.2 .429 .278 .715 10.2 1.8 .7 .4 11.3
Career 82 60 28.0 .428 .278 .710 10.1 1.8 .6 .4 11.2

Personal life[edit]

Randle is the son of Carolyn Kyles, who played basketball at Texas.[8] He is a devout Christian. In college, he visited the team chapel before every home game and has said, "God is my everything".[31]

On December 23, 2016, Randle's fiancée, Kendra Shaw, gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Kyden.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rivals150 for the Class of 2013". Yahoo.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2013 ESPN 100". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "SCOUT.COM COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM RECRUITING PROSPECTS – 2013". Scout.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Zagoria, Adam (August 25, 2012). "Randle Wins Elite 24 Dunk Contest; Frankamp Takes 3-Point Contest". ZagsBlog.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Osborne, Ben (August 26, 2012). "Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle Star In Under Armour Elite 24 Game". SLAMOnline.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Julius Randle". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ Zagoria, Adam (November 26, 2012). "Julius Randle Out 3 Months With Fractured Foot; Parker Visits BYU". ZagsBlog.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Bio for Julius Randle". ukathletics.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Top 10 National Semifinalists Named for 2014 Men's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T". NaismithAwards.com. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Julius Randle Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Tucker, Kyle (April 22, 2014). "Kentucky's Julius Randle declares for the NBA draft". USAToday.com. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ Trudell, Mike (June 26, 2014). "The Newest Laker: Julius Randle". NBA.com. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lakers Sign Julius Randle". NBA.com. July 13, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ Holmes, Baxter (October 29, 2014). "Julius Randle likely out for season". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Julius Randle has Successful Surgery". NBA.com. October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ramirez, Joey (March 9, 2015). "Randle Cleared for Non-Contact Basketball Activities". NBA.com. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Summer League eye-openers: Mudiay shines, Julius Randle not so much". CBSSports.com. July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Wolves edge Lakers 112-111 in first game since Flip's death". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Mavs beat winless Lakers 103-93 behind Nowitzki's 25 points". NBA.com. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Bryant scores 31 to lead Lakers past Wizards 108-104". NBA.com. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Randle Scores Career-High in Loss to Clippers". NBA.com. January 29, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Lakers handle Magic 107-98 for rare back-to-back victories". NBA.com. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Balanced Nuggets overcome Kobe's 28 to beat Lakers, 116-105". NBA.com. March 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Randle hits big shot in Lakers' 102-100 OT win over Heat". NBA.com. March 31, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Clippers beat Lakers 91-81 in Kobe's next-to-last home game". NBA.com. April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  26. ^ D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle join U.S. Olympic preparation
  27. ^ "Russell, Randle push surging Lakers past Nets, 125-118". ESPN.com. November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Davis scores 41, Pelicans rout short-handed Lakers 105-88". ESPN.com. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Randle makes late layup to help Lakers edge Bulls 96-90". ESPN.com. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Lakers hit 17 3s to beat Grizzlies; Randle has triple-double". ESPN.com. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  31. ^ Ellsworth, Tim (April 3, 2014). "Randle takes 'solid' faith into Final Four". BPNews.net. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  32. ^ Medina, Mark (December 23, 2016). "Lakers' Julius Randle and fiancée, Kendra Shaw, welcome birth of baby boy Friday". ocregister.com. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 

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