Randle gives the latest

Five-star power forward Julius Randle has three official visits remaining before he will make a decision.

The recruitment of Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood power forward Julius Randle still seems to have a lot more time before it is over. The 6-foot-9 Randle recently was dominant at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. Now after an injury his focus should turn even more to recruiting.

In the best shape of his life, Randle has been working hard in the gym. Now he is hoping to continue to round out his game and be an even more diverse player.

"I've been working a lot on spot ups, patience, and reading defenses," said Randle. "We have a lot more shooters so it is easier to drive and kick this year. One and two dribble pull ups are something I have also been working on."

He continued, "All the coaches recruiting me all see me playing as a face up guy. I ask all the coaches on my list what I need to do to be ready, and they tell me that my perimeter game has to continue to improve."

Recruiting wise Randle is down to six schools. Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Florida, North Carolina State, and Oklahoma all remain on the list. Already he has taken official visits to Kentucky and Florida, and he says they went well.

"They were great visits," said Randle. "I have friends there already and it was good to catch up with those guys and catch up with the coaches. All in all they were good visits to see how each program is run."

A few more visits are also being lined up.

"I have Texas and Kansas next month," said Randle. "I just talked to my mom about it, but I am not sure what the dates are. After that I have NC State on January 26."

Lately the Texas Longhorns have been getting a lot of buzz with Randle, and he has made a few unofficial visits to Austin, still with an official likely he says he wants to see even more of the program.

"It's really between Texas and Oklahoma for my final official," Randle explained. "I know the coaches at Texas coaches really well and I like the staff, and I want to see them again."

Also NC State has had some recent momentum with Randle, and he says the presence of one of his good friends definitely helps out the Wolfpack.

"Those guys are really close," said Randle of NC State. "It is like a brotherhood at NC State and they have one of best friends, Rodney Purvis. I will get to see their fan base, the campus, and I will get a close look at how they play."

In terms of making a decision, one will not come until after the season, however Randle already knows what will be important for him when the time comes for him to issue a commitment.

"Playing style, a coach I can trust, a coach that will get me ready for the next level, and just the place that is right for me," said Randle.

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