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UNC Basketball Recruiting: Roy Williams vs Jon Calipari for Julius Randle

Julius Randle tweeted a top ten list of Texas, Kansas, Baylor, UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Florida, NC State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  But it my mind, it’s going to come down to two teams that wear different shades of blue and no they don’t live right next door to one another.  Kentucky and Carolina is who I see as the likeliest candidates to lead for the services of the new #1 overall prospect in the 2013 class.

Randle has stated his willingness to play with stars such as Andrew Wiggins and the Harrison twins in Lexington.  Randle is not a selfish player and does not seem like the type of person who needs to be “the man”.  Not that he would have the team completely to himself in Carolina, but he would be the big time recruit in Chapel Hill.  Randle is not only open to going to a program where he isn’t the focal point of the team, he seems open to sharing the spotlight with other recruits.

Randle and his coaches have great relationships with North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.  Williams and UNC have recruited Randle as hard as any program in the nation and he has maintained his spot as their main focus throughout the process.  Recent rumors had Randles newest list shorter than the 10 programs he listed, indications a decision is likely not in the near future.

Randle has spoken fondly of UNC on several occasions but has also had nice words for Duke, Kentucky and Kansas as well as hometown Texas.   I suspect when he makes his next move it will be to cut the list again, not make a decision.  Duke, Kansas and his hometown Texas look to me as the most likely to make it to the final five cut, whenever that comes with the two favorites in this fight Kentucky and UNC.

The lure of playing for a potential super team built on any number and combination of five star freshman makes Kentucky attractive for any top prospect, especially ones who fit the one and done mold.  Ultimately Randle will have to decide if he wants that or the stability of Carolinas program which will have a mix of young prospects like Randle and upperclassmen.  Does Randle want to be apart of a freshman powerhouse or perhaps the final piece to the puzzle in Chapel Hill?

Randle’s in home visit schedule is as follows: SEPT 9 (NC St, UK), 10 (UNC), 11 (Duke), 12 (KU), 17 (OU), 18 (OK St), 19 (Tex), 20 (Fla), 22 (Baylor).”

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  • Captain Arctic

    Matt – agree that it likely comes down to UK and
    UNC. I still think he chooses UNC since
    they have been in on him the longest.
    That is what it will ultimately come down to in my mind.

    A comment on the “freshman powerhouse” versus the word “stability”
    with respect to winning games and having some continuity. And the below will in no way influence Randle. Just more of a comment on perception. Granted, all 3 of the teams that Cal has put
    on the floor have featured 5 Start recruits.
    What is very often overlooked though is that all three team’s success was heavily
    influenced by guys that were not one and done.
    Patterson, Miller, Liggins, Jones, Harrellson, and Lamb (duly noted that
    4 of the 6 were from the previous regime) were all 2-3 year guys that were very key
    in winning games throughout the long haul of the season and in tournament games. It’s easy for the casual observer (not calling you that) to assume
    that the one and dones are the only players with impact. Not true if you watch the program
    closely. There has been much more
    continuity than what is perceived.

    The challenge ahead for both our schools is getting those “Second Tier” guys
    in place for the road ahead that can provide some level of continuity. As
    mentioned, 4 of the 6 players I mentioned above came from the previous
    regime. The jury is still out as to
    whether or not Cal is going to bring in “continuous” guys like Kyle Wiltjer in
    the years ahead. He has one good one
    locked up already for 2013 and also a good one for this year, so I think he

    • Matt Hamm

      Did Calipari recruit those other guys? (an actual question not sarcasm). No knock against UK but I think you agree UNC is a much more stable environment in terms of long term development and Randle has a much better shot of coming in as the undisputed top guy in the class at UNC vs UK

      • Captain Arctic

        Gillispie signed Patterson, Miller, Liggins, and Harrelson (and Cal put each of them in the NBA which never would have happened under Gillispie – sans Patterson) while Cal landed Jones and Lamb.

        Absolutely no question that UNC has been the more stable environment. The point there was that there has been more stability and continuity in the Cal tenure than the media recognizes.

        That all changes this year where the slate is truly blank for UK. Makes the recruiting of the Tier 2 guys interesting to watch.

        Randle would indeed be the crown jewel in the UNC class unless Parker decides to also go to UNC.

        • Keeping_It_Heel

          I thought it was a mixture but I couldn’t remember. I’m sure Cal could switch his philosophy and go after 2nd/3rd tier guys at the drop of a hat if he wanted to do so. Rivals actually just released new rankings with Randle at #1 and Parker at #2. With the perimeter depth the Heels have a big man is much more important but nobody would sneeze at Jabari Parker by any means.

          • Captain Arctic

            It will be interesting to watch down the stretch. I have no doubts that Randle will wait until the spring. The Harrison Twins are saying that they will decide in late October while Wiggins will still possibly reclassify. If he does, the top three guys in the class will be off the charts.

  • Guest

    I agree also with the thought that it will be between UNC and UK. I really think UNC has a very well-rounded group that Randle could join with

    • Keeping_It_Heel

      He would make a great duo with Isiah Hicks. Depending on how Brice Johnson, Joel James and Desmond Hubert develop they could be one of the best inside teams in the country in 2013 IF Randle commits to UNC.

  • Guest

    I have to agree that I think Randle would have UNC and UK be the last two to pick from. However, I believe Randle could. Have more

  • Jeromy

    I believe he’s Roy’s to lose, as all I’ve been reading is how hard Roy has been recruiting him. Great read as always Matt

    • Keeping_It_Heel

      I thought that for a long time and still believe Carolina is in “the lead” for Randle, I just think it’s closer than people think. Thanks for the compliment good hearing from you Jeromy.

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