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By LARRY VAUGHT

Florida coach Billy Donovan raves about Kentucky freshman Julius Randle, the SEC Preseason Player of the Year.

Donovan coached Randle when he won a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Under 18 tournament last summer. The Florida coach said Randle, a McDonald’s All-American, is “one of the nicest kids I’ve ever been around.”

He’s also a potential No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA draft.

“I love him,” Donovan said during the SEC Media Days in Birmingham. “First, he’s got a really, really high basketball IQ. I think he’s a pass-first guy. He’s very unselfish. I think maybe the best skill that he’s got is passing the basketball. He’s got great vision.

“I think the other thing for him is his size. He’s as quick of a 6-9, 240 guy as I’ve ever seen with the ball in his hands. He’s got great handling and passing skills. I think his jump shot has gotten better. I think his whole post game has gotten better. But he is an incredible player on his feet.”

3 Responses to Florida coach Billy Donovan on Julius Randle: “He is an incredible player” and lists reasons why

  • LindaS says:

    And Billy D, he is all ours, eat your heart out!

  • Phillip Barker says:

    Pity the guy who draws the assignment of guarding Julius…it’s going to be a long night!

  • King Ghidora says:

    Maybe he’s trying to soften the damage Patrick Young did when he shot off his mouth about UK needing to expect to lose in the SEC. :) That poster in the locker room with the Young quote on it won’t have as much impact now that Billy D. has come out praising Randle.

    Donovan has said that before though. He’s been high on Randle for a long time actually.

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