UNC Has ‘Great Visit' with Randle

North Carolina and Roy Williams had their chance to impress Julius Randle on Monday during an in-home visit.

According to Plano (Texas) Prestonwood head coach Chris Mayberry, the Tar Heels did just that.

Accompanied by assistant coaches Steve Robinson and Hubert Davis, Williams met with Randle, Mayberry and Randle's mother Carolyn Kyles.

"It was really good," Mayberry said of the visit. "I had not met Hubert Davis before. He's awesome, a great addition to the staff and obviously brings a lot of NBA experience and all that. It was a really great visit overall."

UNC's presentation included discussion of the value of getting a degree from the school, the Tar Heels' rich basketball tradition and how Williams would use the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward.

"I think most everyone that has been in has kind of said ‘you're special," Mayberry explained. "Roy, to quote him, said that 'he's an out of a box player and we are going to recruit you and give you a pitch that's out of the box.' It was really good."

It's Randle's "out of the box" ability that put him on UNC's radar nearly three years ago. Randle first visited UNC in January of 2010, when he watched UNC take on Georgia Tech. A little over a year later, Williams offered him a scholarship, prior to the conclusion of his sophomore season. Randle again visited UNC, this time with Prestonwood, in December of 2011.

"Julius has always been impressed with Carolina's tradition and with Coach Williams," said Mayberry. "He's talked about the former players and the coaching staff, who obviously have a lot of experience."

During the visit, Williams brought some of Carolina's tradition with him for Randle to see.

"He had a box full of all kinds of rings he had received over the years," Mayberry said. "It was pretty special. Probably the biggest one was, I think, Michael Jordan's first championship ring that he gave to him to use. That was really cool to see."

Randle did not set an official visit date with UNC on Monday, however. He has confirmed two official visits – he'll be at Kentucky this coming weekend and Florida on Oct. 6.

Mayberry said that once all of Randle's in-home visits are complete (which is expected to be next week), Randle will settle on his three remaining official visits.

For now, Mayberry said he's proud of the way Randle has handled the huge amounts of attention he's receiving from coaches, media and fans.

"He just wants it (the process) to be done so he can concentrate on his high school season," said Mayberry. "He's working hard on skill development. He kind of stopped talking to coaches a while back, just because it takes away from academics and his ability to train."

"All this stuff is great and he's excited about it, but he has a really good perspective on it right now."

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