Texas Longhorns: Julius Randle

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.

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 

March, 8, 2013
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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 

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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

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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.


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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College basketball’s early signing period is less than a month away and the Longhorns are still without a commitment in 2013. What gives?

Should Texas be in panic mode right now, especially in a year when three of the top five players in the country are from the state of Texas and two of them (Andrew and Aaron Harrison) have already committed elsewhere?

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Kelly KlineCan Texas land top forward Julius Randle?
Not so fast says Reggie Rankin, a scout and analyst for ESPN's RecruitingNation. Rankin, who has coached in the SEC, Big 12, MAC and various other places for 14 seasons, answered a few questions for HornsNation about Texas’ 2013 class and a few others about the program in general.

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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 

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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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Basketball recruiting rankings released

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The ESPN RecruitingNation team has released its basketball recruiting rankings for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes. Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon), Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood) and Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis) are the top three prospects in the ESPN 100. Read more about how the rankings were complied here.

View the 2013 ESPN 100 here
View the 2014 ESPN 60 here
View the 2015 ESPN 25 here

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