Early impressions of top freshmen
November, 9, 2013
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider
Courtesy of McDonald'sAndrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle all made their college debuts this week.LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Nearly all of the top freshmen made their college debuts this week. Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins finished with a quiet 16 points, Kentucky’s Julius Randle went for 23 points and 15 boards, Duke’s Jabari Parker showed his efficiency, and Arizona’s Aaron Gordon registered a double-double.
We got a chance to talk to a few NBA guys and also college coaches in attendance about their thoughts on what they saw. We’ll start with the Kentucky Wildcats and their star-studded class -- since that’s where I was Friday night.
Julius Randle, F, Kentucky Wildcats
He finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds in the win over UNC-Asheville. Played with energy but missed some point-blank shots. Did almost all of his damage in the paint and went to the line 13 times, making 11.
“His body, his shoulders are so big. You know it, but it’s different when you see it in person. There’s just not much you can do about him. He’s so strong and so quick off the floor. He goes hard. He’s a man. He needs to do a better job finishing through contact. But he’s so big and strong that you expect him to dominate. What people are going to forget is that he’s still just a kid.”
James Young, G, Kentucky Wildcats
Was 3-of-10 from the field, 2-of-5 from deep, and finished with 11 points. Had one stretch where he was extremely active in the first half but was a nonfactor much of the time -- and didn’t do much except for score.