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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