Randle breaks down recruitment

Julius Randle appears to be taking the recruiting process in stride. Recently the talented forward broke down his recruitment with Scout.com.

Julius Randle has had interest pouring in from college coaches since he entered the high school ranks.

But even as his junior season gets underway, Randle, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward, is trying to keep from letting his recruitment become to much of a burden. He said his support system has helped him a great deal.

"It gets pretty hectic," Randle said. "My parents and my mentor keep good control of it and I don't let it get to me too much. It's just a blessing to have all these schools recruiting me. Next year, when it comes to my senior and I feel ready to make my decision I will."

Randle, who ranks No. 2 overall in the 2013 recruiting class, said he doesn't currently have a list of schools. With that said, among the schools involved are North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Baylor, Texas, TCU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Recently Randle took a trip to Waco (Tex.) to chat with Scott Drew and see Baylor' s campus. He's also planning to take a couple more trips in the near future.

"I just went to Baylor last Saturday," he said. "I think I'm going to go to Texas pretty soon. Like I said I wanted to go to Kentucky, but I can't right now. Those are the schools I probably want to visit. I might go to Kansas on the 10th for the Ohio State game.

"It was amazing," Randle added about the Baylor visit. "Coach Drew puts on a show for his recruits. He's a great guy. You can just tell everything around there is a family atmosphere so it was a great visit."

Just as Baylor has, Kentucky has made the five-star prospect a major target and the Wildcats were in to see him at his school last week.

"Coach Orlando Antigua and coach [John] Calipari say the same thing, that I'm their main guy," Randle said. "They came down Monday and I had a good talk with coach O after through Twitter. I wanted to get up there for their game against Carolina, but I think I have to take the SAT's."

Randle has plenty of interest
Duke began turning up their attention on Randle when they hired former Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel. The now Duke assistant has a strong relationship with Randle that leads back to early in his high school career.

"Coach Capel, me and him got pretty close when he was at Oklahoma and then he left for Duke," he said. "I talked to Coach K yesterday and with a program like them it's just an honor to have a school that wants you there that bad.

"Coach K has 907 wins and you see him the other day and he's as energetic as he's every been," he added. "When you have a coach with passion like that you have to love the school."

On Monday, Duke scored a commitment from Matt Jones, who is Randle's close friend and AAU teammate.

"I'm happy for him," Randle said. "He's come a long way and I'm happy that he has this opportunity. It doesn't affect my decision at all. I have to do what's best for me."

Duke's rivals – North Carolina – is also involved in Randle's recruitment. Roy Williams has made an effort to personally recruit him and recently made a trip to Prestonwood to see him workout.

"Coach Williams always says that I'm his favorite player," Randle said. "I'm the main guy he's recruiting and he just wants to do whatever he can to get me there."

"It's great to have a great coach like that showing interest in me and to know that he wants me there that bad," he continued. "If it's the right school for me that I'll choose Carolina, but that's for anywhere."

Kansas has also made a strong play for Randle and have had him on campus. He walked away impressed with his visit to Lawrence (Kans.) and the overall basketball atmosphere at KU.

"Kansas that was a great trip," he said. "That was probably the best visit that I've had so far. The guys really took care of me down there. When you get down there you see how great the atmosphere is. Those guys are in the NBA and those fans love them as much as they ever have."

"In Kansas, when you grow up there it's a basketball state. You ‘re going to play basketball. You just see how great the atmosphere is and how the whole community supports you."

Randle, who scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Prestonwood's win over Raleigh (N.C.) Upper Room Christian, has a busy high school schedule.

To go with this past weekends Thanksgiving Hoopfest, Prestonwood will also participate in the City of Palms, the Beach Ball Classic and in the Hoop Hall Classic in January.

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