Is Julius Randle Outshining Andrew Wiggins?

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*Photo by Regina Rickert

*Photo by Regina Rickert

In the first four games of his college career, Julius Randle is averaging 20.5 points and 14.3 rebounds. Wiggins is averaging 19 points. Both players have been impressive, but Sports Illustrated’s Peter Bukowski gives the edge to Randle.

Through four games, the 6-foot-9, 250-pound big man is averaging 20.5 points and 14.3 rebounds. He is making 61.9 percent of his field-goal attempts and proved against a long Spartans front line that he can score in a variety of ways and finish with contact. Foul him, and he can make you pay. To start the year, he got to the free throw line 13, 14, and 15 times and is shooting almost 70 percent from the stripe.

Bukowski goes on to say:

It’s clear Randle has the physical gifts and basketball talent to be a top pick in next year’s draft… and stands as one of the select few who could outshine the much ballyhooed Wiggins in 2013-14.

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Regina Rickert
I am a writer and photographer covering UK and local athletic events for Nation of Blue. I started out as a media contact for the Berea College News Service, sending out press releases to hometown newspapers. This led to covering Berea men's basketball and writing game summaries for a nearby Richmond newspaper. I eventually combined my love of sports with my passion for photography. I began shooting UK athletics in 2010.