Julius Randle is a professional basketball player. He plays in the National Basketball Association for the New York Knicks. He has also played for the New Orleans Pelicans and the LA Lakers. In 2021, he was named to the NBA All-Star Team. He was also named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for that year.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Julius Deion Randle was born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1994. His mother is Carolyn Kyles. She also played basketball. Randle is known as a devout Christian. Married to, Kendra Shaw, Randle and his wife welcomed a child in December 2016.
Playing the position of power forward and center, he stands 203 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 113 kg. He shoots right-handed.
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 the 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.
The Knicks extended Randle’s contract following his breakthrough in 2021. It was a four-year extension that was reportedly worth US$117 million. In March 2022, he was involved in an altercation with a game official. This led the league to fine him US$40,000.
- 2021 - NBA All-Star
- 2021 - All-NBA Second Team
- 2021 - NBA Most Improved Player
- 2014 - Third-team All-American-AP,NABC
- 2014 - SEC Rookie of the Year
- 2014 - First-team All-SEC
- 2013 - McDonald’s All-American
- Gold - 2012 FIBA Americas U18Championship, Representing the USA