Kentucky’s Julius Randle denies report he will enter NBA draft

Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle plans to forego his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.

Randle quickly denied that report via Twitter saying he hasn’t made up his mind about entering the draft.

He averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season for Kentucky, who lost to Connecticut in the national championship game on Monday.

Randle only had 10 points and six rebounds in the loss to UConn, but he did record 24 double-doubles in 40 games, earning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors.

Randle is slated as a top 10 pick in the Draft, which will be held June 26 in New York City.

SI’s Chris Mannix, who has Randle No. 4 on his Big Board, says the 6-foot-8, 250-pounder “has drawn comparisons to a more athletic Zach Randolph, Michael Beasley and even Derrick Coleman” and “his wingspan — just 6-11 — will likely be dissected at the combine, but the offensive talent will be hard to overlook.”

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