Julius Randle is one of the most coveted players in the 2013 college basketball recruiting class and he’s one of the few upper echelon talents that hasn’t committed to or signed with a college. That makes him a hot commodity on the recruiting circuit. ESPN rates him as the fourth best player in the class while Rivals has him second in their rankings.
This weekend the Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, TX) product is taking an official visit to North Carolina State. In addition to the visit, he is expected to be in attendance when the #18 Wolfpack take the court against the North Carolina Tarheels at 6 pm CT.
Why is this important in our neck of the woods?
Kansas has offered Randle, a 6’9″ 225 lb five-star power forward, a scholarship and the Jayhawks remain on his short list of programs he is considering. In addition to NC State and KU, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas are still in the running.
Having already visited Florida and Kentucky earlier this fall, NC State will be his third visit. After this weekend Randle is scheduled to be in Lawrence and on campus when the Jayhawks host the Texas Longhorns on February 16th.
The Jayhawks have currently signed three top-50 players for 2013; SF Wayne Selden, PG Conner Frankamp and SG Brannen Greene and have also signed 6’11” C Joel Embiid and PG Frank Mason.
Whether or not Julius Randle commits to the Jayhawks in the coming weeks, they already have one of the top 2013 classes in the country – they’re ranked #2 currently. They don’t need to land Randle but he’d provide Bill Self and Kansas with a star caliber player and a quality frontcourt option. More importantly he’d be able to have an immediate impact for a Jayhawks team that will be without seniors Jeff Withey and Kevin Young on the interior next season.
An unnamed ESPN analyst published a scouting report Randle last month that included the following:
He loves to catch on the blocks or extended, face and weigh his options. Not afraid to go glass and can drive it from mid-range going either way. When he needs to, he can explode and is a conscientious rebounder. His touch around the rim and ability to leap multiple times is noteworthy. The young man has counters and power moves. There isn’t a spot on the floor where he can’t begin his drive or jumper. Randle owns a motor and has an affinity for playing hard.
As an added bonus, he’s taken to blogging and published his latest entry last week.