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UNC Basketball Recruiting: Predicting Julius Randles’ Top Five List

Julius Randle is the #2 rated player in the 2013 class and has added to his stock with a terrific summer that included leading the USA U17 team to gold.  All of the top programs in the nation pursuing the 6-9, 240 pound athletic freak of nature with UNC going has hard as anyone.

Roy Williams has made Randle his top priority in the 2013 and is looking to pair him with Isiah Hicks to form a dangerous freshman duo inside in 2013.  Randle hasn’t revealed much about his recruiting process in terms of when he will make a decision.  He’s expressed a desire to cut his list down soon and make some more visits but a decision date looks far away.

Clint Jackson recently came out and said those close to Randle feel that he will cut his list down to five schools those five schools at this point are a mystery.  Unofficial lists and recruiting services have often listed Kentucky, Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Baylor, Florida and Texas as schools with mutual interest in him.

Here’s my best guess on what that list will look like (whenever it’s revealed)

North Carolina: Randle and his coaches have spoken fondly of Carolina and head coach Roy Williams on several occasions.  Randles coaches have a long relationship with Roy and UNC has been after Randle as long as anybody.  Randle has been quoted as saying he could really picture himself playing in Chapel Hill.  I’ve said from the beginning I see Randle in Carolina blue when all is said and done and that remains the same today.

Kentucky: UK is always a contender for the top players each and every class.  Kentucky got into the Randle game late and wasn’t nearly as serious about him the others on my list, but they are going hard after him now. I wrote HERE that Kentucky is a serious player for Randle, he was quoted as saying how loaded UK’s potential 2013 class could be and he has a good relationship with Calipari.

Kansas: Roy Williams former team is also a serious contender for Randle.  Bill Self has been after Randle for as long as anyone not named Roy Williams.  Kansas’ style would blend well with Randle’s unique versatile game, I could really see this coming down to KU vs UNC.

Texas: Randle hails from Plano, TX and you can’t count out the home team.  Texas offers something UNC, Kentucky and Kansas cannot, the absolute guarantee that he would be the #1 player and focal point of the team the minute he hits campus.  While it’s entirely possible that would happen at the other programs anyway, Randle has the chance of being the best player at Texas in a long time in his home state.

Baylor: See Texas

What do you think Randle’s top five will look like?

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  • Captain Arctic

    Not even sure it merits a Top 5. My take on his top 3:

    1. UNC2. UK3. Kansas
    I still feel that since Williams has been on Randle since the very beginning will pay off with his commitment.

    • John Vogt

      I agree except I would switch UK and KU.

      • Keeping_It_Heel

        I think it would be UNC or UK. People are underestimating the power of Cal’s recruiting when it comes to Randle.

        • Captain Arctic

          Cal is the master (although I think Williams is the best recruiter of all time – but Cal is closing that gap), but it seems like a possible lynch pin for UK with Randle are the Harrison Twins who SHOULD end up at UK. Randle and the twins are from the same city and have played against each other for years. Not sure Randle wants to play with them. Plus, I still think he’s UNC’s to lose.

          • Keeping_It_Heel

            I don’t think UNC will even get involved with the Harrison twins and I agree they are UK’s to lose IMO. Good point about Randle probably not wanting to play with them.

  • Ahhines

    Unc, Ku, uk, Ut and Duke will be his top 5!

    • Keeping_It_Heel

      Duke won’t get Randle

  • I think its Solomon?

    hmm…duke not on the list? i mean in the greater view, this is fantastic, but i think Duke is still a player. especially more than texas and baylor.