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Starting 5: Bracket madness

Seeding Julius Randle's finalists, a bracket based on class ranks and more

Updated: March 18, 2013, 1:56 PM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN RecruitingNation

Editor's note: Every Monday in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to tip off your week in proper form. We'll set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the water cooler conversations around the office.

This week's edition of Starting 5 includes seeding the finalists in the race for No. 3 recruit Julius Randle, filling out a bracket based on 2013 recruiting class rankings, an introduction to the next great player at David Lee and Bradley Beal's alma mater, a UNC recruit's huge weekend and a sophomore to watch in North Carolina.


1. Seeding the teams in Randle's field

Wouldn't it be just like Kentucky to make big headlines this week after missing the NCAA tournament? On Wednesday, No. 3 overall recruit and No. 1 senior power forward Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian) will announce his college decision live on ESPNU at approximately 1:15 p.m. ET.

On the bubble are Kentucky, Kansas, Texas and Florida. Forget the fact that Texas and UK missed the NCAA tournament this year -- this is a loaded field of finalists.

On Sunday night, I checked in one final time with momma Randle, Carolyn Kyles.


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