The number two high school basketball prospect in the country has chosen to attend Kentucky for the 2013-2014 season.
Julius Randle, a 6-9, 240 pound power forward from Plano, Texas, selected Kentucky over Kansas, Florida and Texas. Rumors had Kansas leading the chase for Randle, but not by a significant margin. It is clear Kentucky’s last push was enough to sway the power forward to John Calipari’s Wildcats.
While missing out on Randle is a blow, Kansas already had a top five recruiting class coming in for next season, including four-star players center Joel Embiid, point guard Conner Frankamp, shooting guard Wayne Selden, and small forward Brannen Greene. Three-star point guard Frank Mason rounds out the recruits who have already signed letters of intent. The Jayhawks will need them all as they will have to replace all five starters for next season.
Bill Self has been actively pursuing Randle and number one overall rated prospect Andrew Wiggins to round out his class. With Randle going to Kentucky, all the attention now moves to Wiggins. It is unknown how Randle’s decision will effect Wiggins’ choice or when Wiggins will announce his intentions. Wiggins is not as big as Randle but he is considered a far more superior athlete. While Self would love to have had Randle, Wiggins would be a nice consolation prize should he choose Kansas.
Kentucky, meanwhile, may now have the best recruiting class in the history of college basketball. The Wildcats now boast six McDonalds all-Americans in their seven man class.