COP: Randle discusses injury, visit dates

Ft. MYERS, Fla. -- Last year Julius Randle led Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian Academy to the City of Palms crown. Unfortunately this year he won't be able to defend that title, as he's out with an injury.

The past few weeks have been tough for Julius Randle.

Forced to the sidelines with a fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, Randle,'s No. 5 prospect, can only watch as Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian Academy competes in the City of Palms tournmanent.

Without Randle, and sophomore teammate Mickey Mitchell, who is out with an ACL injury, Prestonwood is struggling and took a 38-point loss to Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind on Wednesday.

"It sucks to be honest," Randle responded when asked how it was having to sit out. "I don't like it at all. I just have to be here to support them whether I'm playing or not."

Randle, the nation's top power forward prospect, is, however, trying to keep a positive attitude about the process.

"I haven't had a chance to get true, legitimate rest, so I take that as a positive," he said. "My body being able to recuperate and get ready for … summer stuff with the USA team and then get ready for college, where I'm heading to. Next year is the most important year for me, so that's what I'm working on right now."

Randle had a check up last week was able to get off crutches.

"I got off of crutches," he said. "Monday was my first day off of crutches. My foot feels great. There's no pain at all. It feels pretty good. I'm just taking some time off and I'll get checked up again in three weeks and hopefully I can start rehabbing."

On the recruiting front, Randle is down to six schools – Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Oklahoma and Texas. He's already taken official visits to Florida and Kentucky. Now he's preparing to take a few others.

He's scheduled to go to North Carolina State the weekend of January 26th for their ESPN Gameday festivities against North Carolina. Then he'll head to Kansas and Texas.

"I'm not sure the exact dates, but I know I go to Kansas in February versus Texas for Gameday," Randle said. "Then I go to Texas I think against Oklahoma State."

"It's pretty much the same really," he said of the recruiting process. "I just finished up finals so I'm worried about relaxing and taking some time off."

Has he considered going back to Florida or Kentucky?

"I've thought about it," Randle said. "I've been there. If I go back, fine. I don't want to mislead anybody or anything like that. Texas is just easy. It's just convenient for me to go there that's why I go down there. I haven't thought about going back to any of those others schools. I just want to take these visits."

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