Tuesday afternoon Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle announced via Instagram that he and girlfriend Kendra Shaw were engaged. Randle proposed to Shaw Monday evening. The two met during Randle’s lone season at Kentucky (2013-14) and have been together since. Here are five fast facts on the couple.
1. Randle Just Completed His 2nd Season in the NBA
While the Texas native has been in the NBA for two seasons, he played just 14 minutes in the Lakers’ regular season opener in 2014-15 before being lost for the season due to a broken right leg. This past season Randle played in 81 of the Lakers’ 82 games, averaging 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest.
Randle was fifth on the team in scoring and first in rebounding, with the now-retired Kobe Bryant being the Lakers’ leading scorer.
2. The 2016-17 Season Will Be Important for Randle From a Financial Standpoint
The Lakers picked up Randle’s option for the 2016-17 season on October 15, meaning that he’ll receive a salary of $3,267,120 next year. The Lakers also have a team option on Randle’s contract for the 2017-18 season, which would pay him $4,149,242 should it be picked up. The Lakers have until next October to make a decision on that option.
In his first two seasons as a professional Randle’s made a total of $6,132,240.
3. Randle’s Lone Season at Kentucky Ended With a Loss in the National Title Game
Randle and the 2013-14 Wildcats didn’t play to their expectations until late in the season, as they reached the national title game despite being an eight-seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Among Kentucky’s wins were a Round of 32 victory over previously undefeated Wichita State, and they followed that with wins over in-state rival Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin to reach the title game.
Kentucky lost to UConn 60-54 in the title game, with Randle finishing with ten points, six rebounds and four assists. On the season Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, and he was picked seventh overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Lakers.
4. Kendra Shaw Competed in the 2013 Miss Kentucky Teen USA Pageant
Shaw was a semifinalist in the 2013 Miss Kentucky Teen USA pageant, and while attending the University of Kentucky she studied fashion merchandising. Shaw also spent time studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles after Randle was drafted by the Lakers.
5. Randle Proposed While the Couple Was on Vacation in Greece
Shaw showed off the impressive engagement ring on her Instagram account, and it was made by Jason of Beverly Hills.