UNC Basketball Recruiting: Kentucky Strong Competition for Julius Randle

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.

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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.

 

Topics: Chapel Hill, Dean Smith Center, FanSided, Jon Calipari, Julius Randle, Kentucky, NCAA Basketball, Roy Williams

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  • CaptainArtic

    I still think that he is Carolina’s to lose.  Cal looks at him as an “icing on the cake” type of get if it happens.  I would be surprised if UKgets him based on what I know and what I’m hearing.  Randle has been kicking butt at the Peach Jam this week.

    • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

       @CaptainArtic 
      I think your right about that but I never really trust anything in the recruiting world until a commitment is made.  Teenagers are so unpredictable.

      • CaptainArtic

         @KIH Matt So very true.  Next thing you know, he could be postponing his decision to the spring and wait until the last second to decide.  While we are on recruiting, I see a disturbing trend in this whole “re-classication” going on in high school.  Seems like an unnecessary rush.  Thoughts?

        • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

           @CaptainArtic 
          Personally, I would get my ESPN special, as an 18 year old?  We were all selfish, it’s hard 2 remember that but it’s true.  We expect 2 much out of these kids. 

      • CatsFan

        @4c27e6b32aa002ece1f772c0699658a5:disqus Think you said it best with “I never really trust anything in the recruiting world until a commitment is made.” Too much hearsay and things change on a dime. One things for sure, a great recruit that will boost NC hopes for any team.

  • ahhines23

    Ive got a friend who has played on Julius’s AAU team, i asked about julius and he said that julius was leaning towards dook and UK. ive also read reports that back it up.

    • ChaoticChimera

       @ahhines23 lol then please Share with us some of your “reports”.

    • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

       @ahhines23 
      that has never been the case, ever.

  • ChaoticChimera

    Amazing. One nice comment on a school and UK fans think that Randle is theirs to lose.

    • CaptainArtic

       @ChaoticChimera Oh Chaotic Monster (or should I say Johnny Come Lately).  To be fair, I have been saying that Randle is UNC’s to lose for several weeks now:
       
      http://keepingitheel.com/2012/07/09/unc-basketball-recruiting-julius-randle-i-could-really-see-myself-fitting-there/
       
      If you read the site, you would know that.  Why the bitter comments on this trail?

      • ChaoticChimera

         @CaptainArtic ummmm what? i wasn’t talking about you. LOL i was talking about Kentucky fans in general. a week ago they weren’t even thinking about Julius Randle being apart of the 2013 class. now all of the sudden, like i said, one nice comment, and Kentucky fans think that’s He’s UK’s to lose.