NCB On The Trail: Julius Randle

#AskCoachB: Talking Tyler Ennis

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I agree, as I absolutely loved Tyler Ennis in the high school ranks. What I respected most about his game was the poise in which he played with and how he led.

As a freshman he is doing an outstanding job leading the Orange to a top-5 national ranking in an unassuming fashion. Over nine games he is playing 31 minutes per game, and he is making the most of those minutes.

He serves as Syracuse’s primary ball-handler, making decisions and scoring when needed. His assist to turnover ratio is 5:1, which is tremendous . He is nailing the 3-point shot at a 42 percent clip, which is impressive since the college 3-point line is a foot further than then the high school line (20-foot-9 vs. 19-9).

It’s obvious that Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon are elite players and difference makers as freshmen, but Ennis is definitely in the conversation as a top-10 freshman.
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1. Kentucky
Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress make up the most powerful frontcourt in the game. They can score, block shots and rebound with anyone.

2. Arizona
Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Aaron Gordon.
This threesome is strong, long and explosive, and they use those gifts on both ends of the floor.

3. Syracuse
C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, Baye Keita.
This bunch has both length and girth while protecting the basket and finishing inside.

4. Florida
Patric Young, transfer Dorian Finney-Smith (Virginia Tech) and Will Yeguete.
If Freshman Chris Walker becomes eligible in December this group could do serious damage together. They are extremely productive and could be dominant on the inside if Walker is playing.

Player of the Year
Marcus Smart. Nothing seems to faze this All-American. When you easily could have walked away from the college game and you come back, that means you are extremely confident in your ability. He has put up terrific numbers across the board, dominated the action at times and makes his team win -- that's what a POY does.

Kentucky should be just fine 

September, 12, 2013
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Six months ago, John Calipari seemed virtually invincible on the recruiting trail. He was riding a wave of momentum fueled by his 2012 national championship, incredible recent success in the NBA draft, and being on the verge of delivering one of the top recruiting classes in the history of college basketball.

But then, unexpectedly, a few breaks went against Kentucky. Top-ranked Andrew Wiggins capped the 2013 class by picking Kansas, and then Calipari lost out to his former mentor, Larry Brown, as his top point guard target of 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay (Dallas/Prime Prep Academy), picked SMU last month.

So have Calipari and Kentucky lost a step?


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'Cats ink three more to top class 

April, 18, 2013
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced the signing of three more student-athletes on Thursday to the top-ranked class in the country.


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Kentucky's Mr. Basketball picks 'Cats 

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Senior point guard Dominique Hawkins (Richmond, Ky./Madison Central) announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday morning, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.


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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 

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 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.

Team USA announces Hoop Summit squad

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USA Basketball announced on Sunday the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).

The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron (Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.), Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.), Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).

The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

ESPN 100 Julius Randle to miss three months 

November, 26, 2012
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ESPN 100 power forward Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian) is expected to miss three months of his high school season after fracturing his right foot, according to a report in USA Today.

Randle suffered the injury during Prestonwood's game against Duncanville on Nov. 24. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

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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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No. 1 PF Julius Randle names final six 

October, 2, 2012
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ESPN 100 power forward Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian) is down to six schools. The news was announced by Prestonwood Christian's official Twitter account.

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RecruitingNation to feature top uncommitted players 

September, 20, 2012
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ESPNU's Recruiting Nation program will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and feature ESPN's top analysts discussing some of the top recruiting stories of the week.

National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi and Senior Analyst Dave Telep will break down the top uncommitted players in the 2013 class, including Jabari Parker (Chicgao/Simeon), Andrew and Aaron Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian), James Young (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

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The nation's No. 3 recruit in the ESPN 100, senior power forward Julius Randle (Dallas, Texas/Prestonwood), returned home Sunday from Kentucky after his first official visit.

All senior prospects are allowed five official visits that last no longer than 48 hours, and Randle shared his itinerary and thoughts from his first experience, on which he was accompanied by his mother, Carolyn Kyles.

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Courtesy Lori YoungNo. 3 recruit Julius Randle is down to Kentucky, Kansas, Texas and Florida.
On Friday, Randle had dinner at coach John Calipari's house with the staff and team and spent an evening with the Kentucky players. On Saturday he met with an academic adviser, went on a campus tour, attended the UK alumni game at Rupp Arena, attended Kentucky's football game against Western Kentucky and had dinner with the coaching staff. Later Saturday night he went to the practice facility and did some late-night shooting from 1:30-3 a.m. with some Kentucky players. And finally on Sunday he had breakfast with the staff and attended team practice before departing.

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ESPN 100 PF Damian Jones to VU 

September, 2, 2012
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Last season, Vanderbilt won the Southeastern Conference tournament. It mattered to Louisiana native Damian Jones.

"Coach [Kevin] Stallings has been at Vandy 14 years and he has been successful. I notice that," Jones said.

Jones committed to Vanderbilt on his official visit. His only other visit was to Oklahoma.

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