Julius Randle

Born Nov 29, 1994
Nationality United States United States

Julius Deion Randle is a 6-foot-8-inch basketball player of the National Basketball Association. The American basketball player plays both the center and power forward for the New York Knicks. He made his professional basketball debut with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014 when he was drafted as the seventh overall pick in the first round.

Randle was part of the basketball team of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. During his time in Prestonwood, he won the Under Armour Elite 24 Dunk contest and Elite 24 MVP as well as being selected to the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American Boys Game. Due to his outstanding performance in high school basketball, he was listed as the number 2 player in the country and number 1 power forward in 2013. Rivals.com considered him a five-star recruit. He was also part of the American basketball team that competed and won the gold medal during the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil.

In college, Randle played with the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky. During his time with the Wildcats, he was chosen as one of the finalists for the Naismith Player of the Year in 2014. After finishing one season with Kentucky, he declared his intention to join the 2014 NBA draft.

During the 2014 to 2015 NBA basketball season, Randle became the seventh overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. He had an injury during a game with the Houston Rockets in October of 2014 which prevented him to play for the rest of the season. He continued to play with the Lakers until the 2017 to 2018 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Before signing up with the New York Knicks on July 9, 2019, Randle played for one season with the New Orleans Pelicans. In 2021, he was named as NBA’s Most Improved Player and became a reserve for the NBA All-Star Game.

Career Highlights

  • 2013 McDonald’s All-American
  • 2014 First-Team All-SEC
  • 2014 SEC Rookie of the Year
  • 2014 Third-Team All-American-AP, NABC
  • 2021 NBA Most Improved Player
  • 2021 All-NBA Second Team
  • 2021 NBA All-Star

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