Randle impressed with Kansas crowd

Never let it be said that the zeal with which many Kansas fans follow recruiting is a bad thing, because Julius Randle knows differently.

One of the truly elite prospects in the Class of 2013, the 6-foot-8 sophomore power forward from Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian Academy was part of a group of talented prospects in attendance for "Late Night in the Phog" Friday night.

Though it wasn't his first visit to Kansas – he tripped to Mount Oread last season as a freshman, for the Nebraska game – one thing about this visit in particular emblazoned itself on his memory.

"One thing that really stood out to me is you might not be a player for Kansas basketball, but the fans know who you are," Randle said. "They're really into what's going on with the program and that's just one instance of how big Kansas basketball is, and how the fans support the team and the recruits."

Randle is being recruited by virtually all of the biggest names in the sport – Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas and others – but the Jayhawks might have an ace in the hole in the form of Zach Peters.

A talented player in his own right, Peters is a current Kansas commit for the Class of 2012, a teammate of Randle's at Prestonwood Christian Academy, and a close friend.

In fact, Randle said, Peters has already been in his ear a little bit about joining him at Kansas in the future.

"As far as it playing a factor, it probably will play a big factor because I love playing with Zach," he explained. "But I don't know if it will be a main factor."

Ultimately, Randle said he needed to make the decision that was best for him, by finding the school and program that represented the best fit.

The Late Night experience – one he was happy to share with Peters and the rest of his Prestonwood teammates – helped show him that Kansas has the potential to be such a place.

"The fans are really fun," Randle said. "They love Jayhawk basketball, so that was a fun experience just to see the school and see what Kansas was all about."


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