Five-star Texas forward Julius Randle made some news this past weekend when he trimmed his long list of prospective schools down to a group of 10.
According to a tweet from the nation's No. 4 prospect in Scout's 2013 rankings, Randle is down to Texas, Kansas, Baylor, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Florida, N.C. State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Kentucky appears to be a major player in that race and will be meeting with Randle soon at his Texas home.
"I know he has an in-home visit with Kentucky on Sept. 9," said Chris Mayberry, Randle's coach at Prestonwood Christian in Plano. "That's the first day of in-home visits. He'll be with N.C. State earlier that day, then Kentucky.
"I think he's also planning to go visit Kentucky soon for some kind of event they have where a lot of the former players who are in the NBA will be in town."
That would seemingly be the UK Alumni Charity Game, which will feature former Cats such as John Wall, Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins on Sept. 15 at Rupp Arena.
Mayberry said he did not have enough details from Randle at this time to confirm if it would be an official or unofficial visit. He currently has only one official visit in the works, Oct. 6 at Florida, sources told Scout earlier this week.
"I know Kentucky's a school that really interests him right now," Mayberry said. It's obviously one of the best places to get an education and play basketball in the country right now. They're the national champs, and they've got a coach there who really knows how to recruit and surround his players with a lot of talent. Plus, you've got the crazy fan base. Julius definitely wants to go somewhere that the fans really care about basketball."
The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Randle is coming off one of the best individual performances this spring and summer on the AAU circuit. The versatile big man will be seeking a college program that can best utilize his overall talents.
"I think that's a big part of his decision," Mayberry said. "He can fit into just about any style, but he wants the freedom to play as a big man on the perimeter and create for himself and his teammates."
Some analysts have referred to Randle as a "point forward" at times due to his advanced ball-handling and passing skills. On many occasions during the summer AAU tour, he could be found handling the ball at the top of the Texas Titans' offensive sets.
"That's where his game has really grown the most," Mayberry said. "He's become an exceptional passer. He loves to make the great pass."
Then, on another possession, you might find him defending the opponents' best post player or crashing the boards hard for rebounds.
"He can do so many different things well," Mayberry said. "I don't know if he really has a position. He's just a special player."
Randle sets in-home with Cats, plans UK visit
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