They say the rich get richer. That is certainly true for the 2013 Kentucky recruiting class which added the top power forward in the country Julius Randle.
Julius Randle relishes the opportunity to put the ball on the floor.
In front of a nationally televised audience, Randle announced his intention to attend Kentucky next year. The Wildcats beat out Kansas in what most considered ultimately a two team battle to land Randle. Florida and Texas were also on Randle’s official final school list.
Kentucky has now assembled the greatest recruiting class in history.
Randle, the No. 2 ranked prospect by 247Sports and in the 247Composite, joins Aaron Harrison (#3 247Sports/#5 247Composite ranked), Andrew Harrison (#4 247Sports/#4 247Composite ranked), Marcus Lee (#9 247Sports/#15 247Composite ranked), James Young (#11 247Sports/#9 247Composte ranked), Dakari Johnson (#13 247Sports/#11 247Composite ranked) and Derek Willis (#64 247Sports/#128 247Composite ranked).
At 6-9, 250-pounds, Randle is a physically imposing player with a high skill level. He is the consummate four man with his ability to make plays all over the court.
He noted the Kentucky system as a major factor in his decision. Randle would have been terrific, and perhaps fit best, in the Kansas high/low interior oriented offense. The opportunity to play all over the court and handle the basketball in a more Dribble/Drive oriented attack was more appealing to Randle.
One of Randle’s greatest assets is his ability to attack the basket either direction on the dribble and see and make the difficult pass.
He will play a role similar to that played by former Wildcat Terrence Jones. Randle, who is also a lefty, however, is more explosive and productive around the rim than Jones.
Randle missed much of Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian’s season with a broken foot. Randle returned with a vengence, however, at the end of the season, leading Prestonwood Christian to a state championship.
He will participate in the McDonald’s All American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit this spring.