Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Julius Randle (Kentucky) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number seven overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: Los Angeles Lakers Select Julius Randle with #7 Pick

Happy NBA Draft night!

The show started as expected, with the top three freshmen prospects going 1, 2, 3, as Cleveland chose Andrew Wiggins with the #1 pickMilwaukee selected Jabari Parker #2 and Philadelphia took Joel Embiid with the #3 pick.

Then, things turn a head-scratching turn as Orlando reached and drafted former Arizona freshmen power forward Aaron Gordon at #4, and Utah picked a point guard in the top-10 for the second straight year in 18-year-old Australian native Dante Exum at #5.

Boston made a predictable draft choice, selecting Marcus Smart at #6 and now the Los Angeles Lakers followed up with another predictable choice, selecting the best player available in freshmen power forward Julius Randle from the University of Kentucky with the #7 pick.

Randle was regarded as one of the top-3 freshmen entering the 2013-14 college season, along with Wiggins and Parker.

He averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in his only season at Kentucky and helped the Wildcats reach the national championship game, which they lost to the University of Connecticut.

Randle ended the season with 24 double-doubles, the most by a freshmen in school history and second most overall. (Dan Issel had 25 in 1969-70).

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