Randle stops by UNC, plans other trips

Julius Randle went by North Carolina on Tuesday. He broke down his trip and discussed his other visit plans.

Prior to playing in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this week, Julius Randle and his Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood squad visited Chapel Hill to see UNC's campus and conduct a practice.

"It was pretty cool," Randle said about the visit. "My team just went up there for a little bit for a practice and then I talked to Coach [Roy] Williams before we left to go to Myrtle Beach."

"We had our team practice at the facility," he added. "We practiced at their regular gym."

Randle was impressed with UNC's facilities and the Smith Center.

"That was crazy," he said. "Their facilities are beautiful. It was just amazing. It was just an honor to practice there. My whole team enjoyed it. We all had fun. It was a good way to start off our trip."

Following the practice, Randle, who led his team to the City of Palms championship last week, met with North Carolina's head coach.

"It was good," he said of the conversation with Williams. "We just talked about life a little bit. He related how he was recruiting me to Harrison Barnes, about how in my class I was the one guy that he wants and he really focused on the one guy and he was telling me how much he wanted me."

"He was telling me the type of relationship we would have," Randle continued. "He said he might not be the best coach but he cares about his players a lot and stuff like that."

They also discussed North Carolina's 2013 recruiting class, which already consists of a pair of Top 25 prospects.

"They talked to me about Isaiah [Hicks] and Nate Britt and how good of players they were. He told me he offered Troy Williams last week. I think he said me and Troy were the only two in my class that had offers."

What are Randle's overall thoughts on Carolina?

"I love North Carolina," he said. "I love how they've recruited me. A lot of coaches call you a lot, but they keep everything low key and they respect what you're doing because they know I'm not going to make my decision until next year."

"They come see me, but they don't really try to overdo it," he added. "It's a great way to recruit me."

Following the Beach Ball Classic, which ends on Dec. 31, Randle and his team will head back to the Triangle the next day and visit three campuses.

"After Beach Ball, when I come back I'm going to a North Carolina game," he said. "I know I'm going to Duke in the morning then a Carolina game and then go by NC State that night. Then I'm going to stay in North Carolina that night."

Despite all the upcoming trips, Randle said he still hasn't formulated a list and isn't planning to move up his decision timetable.

"I don't really plan on making a decision until after I take my official visits next year," he said. "Then I'll go from there and talk to my family and I'll make my decision from there."


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