Randle Breaks It Down

Julius Randle was in typical form for Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest this past weekend.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound aggressive, but versatile forward ran the floor well, showed his strength around the basket and faced up defenders and attacked.

"Just being versatile and doing whatever I can do to help my team out," Randle said when asked about his game. "I'm just trying to be a leader and a leader defensively and whatever my team needs."

Randle's recruitment has been a major topic since he entered the high school ranks. But he said he's relied on his support system to help him keep track of what normally can be a chaotic process.

"It gets pretty hectic," Randle said. "My parents and my mentor keep good control of it and I don't let it get to me too much. It's just a blessing to have all these schools recruiting me. Next year, when it comes to my senior year and I feel ready to make my decision I will."

Randle, who has had the likes of North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Texas, Baylor, Ohio State, Kansas and TCU recruiting him and visiting Prestonwood, said he hasn't develop a list of favorites.

"Pretty much everywhere," Randle said when asked who was recruiting him. "I don't really have a list to be honest."

Roy Williams and North Carolina have been in hot pursuit for a couple years now. Randle said Williams has made it clear he's their top priority.

"Coach Williams always says that I'm his favorite player," Randle said. "I'm the main guy he's recruiting and he just wants to do whatever he can to get me there.

"It's great to have a great coach like that showing interest in me and to know that he wants me there that bad," he added. "If it's the right school for me then I'll choose Carolina, but that's for anywhere."

What stands out about UNC?

"They would pretty much play me all over the floor," he said. "They get up and down and I like fast breaking. Coach Williams is good at letting his players play within the offense. They have a ton of athletes, so they are always long and good on the defensive end, so I like that about them."

Randle visited North Carolina early in his high school career with his teammate Zach Peters, who eventually signed with Kansas. Randle is working on setting up some visits for the near future, though doesn't have another trip to Chapel Hill set up.

"I just went to Baylor last Saturday," he said. "I think I'm going to go to Texas pretty soon. I wanted to go to Kentucky, but I can't right now. Those are the schools I probably want to visit. I might go to Kansas on the 10th for the Ohio State game."

With Randle's recruitment, it appears he's letting things take shape and waiting out the process.

"I don't think about it too much right now," Randle said. "I'm just trying to enjoy my time with my high school and my family."

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