It'll Be A While For Randle

CHICAGO -- July is right around the corner, and class of 2013 power forward Julius Randle will be one of the most watched players in the country during the live period. Over the weekend at the Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago, Randle gave an update to TDD on his recruitment.

A powerfully-built five-star forward with a tremendous amount of skill, Randle currently comes in at No. 2 overall in Scout's 2013 rankings while also ranking as the top power forward in the class. Randle, who measured in at 6-9 in shoes with a 6-10 wingspan, was one of the younger players in Amar'e Camp, but enjoyed the experience of playing against the nation's best big men.

"It's been great just learning a lot of things; things I can take home with me; things I can improve on when I workout by myself," Randle said. "I just wanted to compete, play hard and just try to be the best player out here."

Randle has had a busy spring and summer playing with the Texas Titans and playing in camps, but the recruiting process is still on his mind as he lists offers from several schools.

"(I have) offers from Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas," Randle said. "There are other schools that I talk to that tell me they want me to come, but I'm not sure if they've offered. Memphis, I talk to Duke a lot and they're always telling me to come there, and Kentucky (are other schools I talk to)."

Much has been made recently of the hiring of new assistant coach Jeff Capel, the former Oklahoma head coach that has opened the door to recruiting players like Perry Ellis and now Randle. Capel recruited Randle while at Oklahoma, and the relationship has carried over now that Capel is back with his alma mater.

"I was really cool with Coach Capel. He's a really cool guy. I have a great relationship with him," Randle said. "But when it all boils down I'm going to make the decision that's best for me."

While the Capel relationship might factor a bit into his decision, Julius still plans on taking his time during the recruiting process.

"I definitely (have a time frame)," Randle said when asked of commitment schedule. "I want to commit my senior year and I plan on taking my official visits."


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