Lakers Draft Julius Randle With 7th Overall Pick, 2014 NBA Draft

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The Lakers took Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the No. 7 overall pick at the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday. (Credit: Sam Riche/McClatchy-Tribune)

With the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Lakers selected Kentucky forward Julius Randle

Randle is a 6-foot-9, 19-year-old left-hander who averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds, helping the Wildcats to the NCAA championship game, where they ultimatel lost to Connecticut.

“He’s got big-time skills,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak after the selection.  “He can put the ball on the floor.  He can drive and get to the rim.”

“He plays and competes at a very, very high level.  He loves contact,” continued Kupchak.  “Although I don’t expect Kobe [Bryant] to talk to him until January, I think he’ll like him.”

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