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Julius Randle played out his recruiting until just about the 11th hour. And when the music finally stopped playing and Randle picked Kentucky on Wednesday, there were three schools left standing with broken hearts. Here’s a look at where those programs go from here.

Biancardi's Breakdown: Julius Randle 

March, 19, 2013
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With No. 3 overall prospect Julius Randle committing to Kentucky on Wednesday, we’ve decided to take one last look at his game to see what he will offer his team at the next level.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder was named a McDonald’s All American and selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic. Randle recently led his Dallas Prestonwood Christian squad to its second consecutive state crown despite missing the bulk of the season with a foot injury.

Here’s a final breakdown of Julius Randle’s game.

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Randle trims NC State and Oklahoma 

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ESPN 100 No. 3 overall prospect Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian) has cut NC State and Oklahoma from his list of finalists, ESPN.com's Dave Telep has learned.

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Julius Randle added to McDonald's game 

March, 6, 2013
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It has been an eventful couple of weeks for ESPN 100 No. 3 overall prospect Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian). First, he returned to the court three weeks ago after being out since November with a fractured foot. Then on Monday he announced he would make his college decision March 20.

And on Wednesday, the McDonald's All American Games announced Randle has been added to the McDonald's roster as a 25th player. He will suit up for the East squad in the game, which will be played April 3 at the United Center in Chicago and televised live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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John F. Rhodes for ESPN.comJulius Randle was added to the McDonald's All American roster on Wednesday.
The McDonald’s All American Games released the following statement: “Today, the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee is pleased to name Julius Randle of Prestonwood Christian Academy to the 2013 McDonald’s All American Team. As promised, we’ve been closely monitoring Randle’s play since his return to the court in February, and it’s been an inspiring return to watch. Randle has not only proven that he is capable of competing at the highest level, but truly deserving of the title McDonald’s All American.”

Why did this happen and what does it mean?

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Julius Randle will announce on March 20

March, 5, 2013
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ESPN 100 power forward Julius Randle (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) announced on Monday night he will make his college decision on March 20.

The senior will announce at 1 p.m. ET, with the decision expected to come on ESPNU.

Randle has visited all six schools on his list, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and NC State.

Randle led Prestonwood to a Texas private school state title over the weekend.

No. 3 prospect Randle nearing decision 

February, 21, 2013
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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.”


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While Florida still has one scholarship left in the Class of 2013 and remains in the hunt for No. 4 senior Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian), the Gators are now focusing the majority of their recruiting time and effort on the Class of 2014.

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Plan B for teams that missed on Parker 

December, 20, 2012
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Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) has made his decision, and while Duke is the big winner, that leaves four other schools heartbroken at the altar. So now the question becomes, where do those programs go from here?

Let’s take a look at how they can rebound from losing out on Parker.

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Randle injury won't stop his recruitment 

November, 30, 2012
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It is extremely unfortunate that both ESPN 100 No. 2 overall prospect Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) and No. 4 prospect Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian) suffered injuries that will impact their senior seasons. There’s nothing more devastating for an athlete than having your senior season affected by injury.

In Parker’s case, he fractured his right foot in July while playing with Team USA at the U-17 World Championships and had been out of action since then, missing much of the summer and practice heading into the season. However, he made a surprise return to action for Simeon's season opener on Saturday, though he'll likely be limited while he takes some time to return to full form and get into game shape.

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Biggest threat to Kentucky's No. 1 class 

November, 21, 2012
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Kentucky’s dominance of the recruiting landscape has never been greater than it is right now, and for good reason. John Calipari’s won his first national championship last year, stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were taken with the first two picks of last year’s NBA Draft and the team has achieved unprecedented television exposure, giving college basketball’s greatest salesman a whole lot of new material to sell recruits on.

The Wildcats are so far ahead of everyone else in their 2013 recruiting class that our coverage of the early signing period has essentially removed them from the discussion, comparing Kentucky’s current recruiting class only to some of the best in history and, today, rating every other class in the country, after Kentucky.

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Donovan signs elite 2013 class for UF 

November, 14, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Signing two of the best players in the state has given Florida coach Billy Donovan one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.

And it could get even better.

The Gators signed PG Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy) and PF Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County) on Wednesday. ESPN.com rates them as the top two players in the state of Florida, and they rank No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, in the ESPN 100. ESPN also ranks the 6-foot Hill the nation’s No. 2 point guard and the 6-10 Walker the nation’s No. 4 power forward.

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Third-ranked Julius Randle trims list to six 

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On Monday, power forward Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Academy) picked up the phone and called Baylor, Duke, North Carolina and Oklahoma State. Those four programs did not make the next round of cuts for the nation’s No. 3 overall prospect in the ESPN 100.

However, six programs did make it to the next round and remain in the mix to land Randle, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound power foward. Kentucky, NC State, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma remain.

This weekend, Randle will take his second official visit. The Florida Gators host him. Randle’s connection to Florida was crystalized last summer when Gators coach Billy Donovan had Randle on the United States' under-18 national squad.

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Julius Randle names Top 10 

August, 27, 2012
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Power forward Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian), ESPN's No. 3 ranked player, has narrowed his choices to 10 schools. The Dallas native Tweeted out his list on Monday and the news has been confirmed by mulitiple sources.

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