Randle Atop UNC's 2013 Board

DUNCANVILLE, Texas --- After a so-so opening outing at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, Julius Randle returned to the Sandra Meadows Arena to prove a point.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward and top rated prospect in the 2013 class was clearly upset with his effort the day before.

"I was mad about [Friday] and just from talking to people around me they said I didn't play with a lot of energy," Randle said. "I just wanted to get off to a fast start and help lead my team."

Randle, a standout at Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood, got off to the fast start he was looking for, driving the baseline early in the first quarter and throwing down a monster one-handed slam.

Playing more aggressively, Randle made strong moves in the paint and faced up defenders and attacked the basket.

"I like to face the basket because a lot of times they like to send two or three guys at me so you don't want to have your back to the basket when that happens," he said. "I want to face them up and read the defense."

Despite falling to Jackson (Miss.) Provine by two points, Randle scored 19 and grabbed five rebounds.

The five-star prospect already holds a half dozen scholarship offers, as Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio State, Kansas and Baylor have all put one on the table.

"Everybody is pretty much recruiting me right now," Randle said after his game. "I'm just taking it all in and looking at everybody. I don't plan on making a decision anytime soon."

He also claims interest from North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

Roy Williams is among the college coaches that watched him during the fall and that visit stood out to the big man.

"Coach Williams came to see me at an open gym in the morning," Randle said. "So that's pretty big I guess. I want to say it was a month and a half ago when they could come see practice."

With offers rolling in from other programs, has Carolina discussed the possibility of an offer?

"Coach Robinson basically said Coach Williams is on this thing where the NCAA doesn't want you to offer until your junior year," Randle said. "He said if it wasn't for that they would basically offer me right now."

Randle took an unofficial visit to North Carolina as a freshman. He has especially impressed with their campus.

"It was great," he said of his trip. "It's an amazing campus. Looking at the player's lounge they have all the stuff they want. The trainers are great and everything."

"When I went there last year they were on the downslide and not really playing good, but you could tell that they would be good in the future and that their coaches are working really hard with them," Randle added.

Outside of his trip to North Carolina, Randle has also visited Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky. He doesn't have any future visits planned and is opting to focus on his sophomore season at this time.

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