Thursday, February 21, 2013
No. 3 prospect Randle nearing decision
By Dave Telep
For PF Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood), the visitation process is over. Five successful trips on the books and everyone knows what’s coming next.
“Win a state championship and announce with you guys on TV,” Randle said. “That’s pretty much it.”
No. 3 recruit Julius Randle returned to action on Feb. 15 and is nearing a decision date.
Kansas, Texas, NC State, Oklahoma, Florida, and Kentucky are the finalists. The Sooners were the only finalists not to receive an official visit and Kansas was his final stop on his visit tour. Randle said the visits weren’t centered around learning more about the programs. The real benefits of the trips was to gauge his fit and comfort level with each team.
“I pretty much knew everything I needed to know (going in). I wanted to see where I had the best feeling and where I felt most comfortable at,” said Randle, who wouldn’t reveal which program he felt most comfortable with.
“As far as the programs, I have the questions answered. I need to sit down and pray about it and make the right decision.”
Randle has his list tidied up, though not for public consumption. “In my mind I do for sure,” Randle said. “I’ve probably got it down to three at the most. I think I’m just going to leave it there.”
Ranked No. 3 in the class, Randle’s back on the court following a layoff with a foot injury. He played his first game last Friday and said he’s good to go for the team’s playoff run. “I think I’m back and ready to contribute,” Randle said. “I played Friday in limited minutes but this week I don’t have any restrictions on my minutes.”
Some of the programs recruiting Randle have done so for the last three years. A significant time investment by each is about to come to a final close. A legitimate college basketball impact player is weeks away from announcing his pick.
“I think it’s coming to an end,” Randle said. “It’s a weird feeling that it’s coming to an end. After that last visit I was kind of done with it. It’s a good feeling that’s its coming to an end and I can just focus on basketball.”