Julius Randle is the top priority in the 2013 class for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He has been a Roy Williams favorite for a long, long time now. Rated as the #2 prospect in the class, Randle has had a terrific summer leading the USA team to gold and dazzling on the AAU circuit.
Randle and his coach are big fans of UNC and Julius recently stated that that he could really see himself in Carolina Blue. Randle is an extremely versatile player who can handle the ball like a guard at 6-foot-9, face up and take the ball to the basket and has an excellent jump shot.
Randle’s game is very mature and unique and he would make a great fit and is an almost guaranteed instant impact wherever he decides to go. I’ve long contended that Randle is Carolina bound and I’m not backing off that opinion in anyway. Randle’s recent comments suggest the Heels are in for a dog fight with one of the best recruiters in the nation, Kentucky coach Jon Calipari. Randle talks about the potential of Kentuckys 2013 class:
“I think it could be the best class they’ve ever had,”
“Kentucky says it all,” Randle said. “Coach Cal gets the job done. He’s a great coach, he’s a players’ coach and he’s a great person. Kentucky’s a great school. You see what they’ve done the last three years and what he’s done the last couple years in the draft so that says it all.” Randle told Adam Zagoria of Zags Blog
Randle has also mentioned Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, N.C. State, Baylor and Texas as potential schools but insists he has no official list. Earlier this month Randle indicated he wants to visit Kentucky and Ohio State soon. He visited Chapel Hill during a break in his high school season.
Roy Williams and his staff have done the legwork with Randle, they must stay diligent and aggressive in his pursuit. Kentucky and his hometown Texas Longhorns pose the biggest threat to steal him away from Carolina in my view. During the busy part of recruiting season, the Heels are considering many players while trying to close others whom they have already offered.
While others such as Kennedy Meeks or Austin Nichols may make their decisions earlier making it tempting to place focus on those types of players, UNC needs to put the pedal to the medal and close Julius Randle. Adding Randle to a class that already has point guard Nate Britt and PF Isiah Hicks goes from very good to elite immediately. Randle and Hicks could be a dynamic freshman duo capable of carrying Carolina to the promised land.