2014; Selected by the LA Lakers in the 1st round (7th overall) of the NBA Draft.
First Team All-SEC, Third Team All-American and SEC Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, averaging 15.0 ppg and 10.4 rpg while shooting 50 percent from the field ... Registered 24 double-doubles, a Kentucky freshman record, including four in the NCAA Tournament ... Very strong and a natural power forward ... Offensively adept in the post with an array of effective moves ... Outstanding rebounder and is especially relentless on the offensive glass ... Quick feet for his size ... Good post defender who isn`t afraid to be physical ... Can
knock down a mid-range jumper ... Great character and a team player with a high motor ... Undersized for an NBA-caliber post player with a sub-7-foot wingspan ... Solid athlete, but lacks explosion ... Left-hand dominant ... Majority of success has come overpowering smaller, weaker competition ... May not have the elite upside of some of the top picks in this draft, but a safe bet to be a solid, consistent contributor.