Randle Taking Things Slowly

With no shortage of options and no sense of hurry to his recruitment, Julius Randle knows he's going to have a number of options. He's also going to look to build relationships with various coaches and programs. Which could be good news for the Blue Devils.

"Right now I have Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Baylor, North Carolina, Duke, Memphis, and basically everyone recruiting me," said Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian standout Julius Randle. "I'm not in a rush to do anything with it at this point though. I've got a lot of time to get to know everyone and I'm not going to decide until my senior year after I take some visits."

Which means the nation's top rated power forward and No. 2 overall prospect won't be seriously considering his recruitment for another 12 months. At least. In the meantime however, Randle says he is eager to learn about each of the programs making early pitches.

"The recruiting process overall is going pretty well. I'm enjoying the chance to talk to the various programs so that I can get to know them."

Described by Scout.com as an aggressive low post scorer with a variety of scoring moves, the 6-foot-8 Randle has the ability to finish through contact and can also face up defenders and attack the basket. On the glass Scout says he "owns his area and is a defensive presence thanks to his athleticism", which may be the best in the class of 2013.

When asked about a role model for his game, Randle is quick to say he tries to defy classification, but does have a baseline model.

"Honestly I try to take parts of various guys games and incorporate them into mine. I guess if I had to mirror someone it would probably be Blake Griffin, but with a little more perimeter game."

Even with a decision making process on hold, one of the schools who has jumped in heavily with Randle is Duke thanks to the hiring of former Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel.

"I've got a great relationship with Coach Capel, and with Duke. Now that Coach Capel is there I'm talking to Duke more and more. He's such a great guy and a great coach. When I go out there for the NBA Camp I think I am going to try to get down to see Duke and maybe North Carolina."

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