ESPN 100: No. 3
Scout.com: No. 4
Rivals150: No. 1
While Jabari Parker is ranked No. 1 in two of the three rankings, Julius Randle is widely considered the most dominant player of his class. I've openly admitted I am on that train, too.
The power forward out of Texas is man-child, listed at 6'9" and 225 pounds—though I feel he is closer to the 235-pound range. He physically dominates opponents on the court and excels at just about every facet of the game.
If an opponent plays off of him, he can bury a jumper as far out as the three-point line. If they want to play him close, they'll be riding the Randle train all the way to the rim. A physical specimen that gets it done all over the floor, he may actually be the closer comparison to LeBron James.
Like Parker, Julius Randle cut down his list to 10 schools last month. The remaining candidates are Texas, Kansas, Baylor, UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Florida, NC State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
From September 9-22, Randle is set for in-home visits from each of the 10 schools on his list.
Texas and Baylor may be in his home state, but I don't think that's where he will be headed. I think we can go ahead and cross off Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Florida, too.
I truly feel UNC, Duke, NC State and Kentucky are his top choices. That's three ACC schools and Kentucky. Back in July, I listed Randle's top five destinations, and all five made the latest cut.
In that article, I guaranteed his destination state would be North Carolina, and I was leaning heavily toward NC State in that scenario. He's mentioned on several occasions that he is tight with Rodney Purvis (subscription required) and likes what Mark Gottfried has done with the program.
He has also expressed how fond he is of Roy Williams and his system—not to mention his love for the school colors.
"They get out-in transition—I love to run—high pressure defense, and you can just tell by the way they play, their style is fun. And plus, North Carolina blue is a beautiful color,” he said in an interview with Five Star Basketball.
Julius Randle's position is very hard to speculate, as he has had great things to say about each of the four programs I mentioned. However, there has been a lot more in the way of NC State and North Carolina, and I really feel it will be between those two schools.
I previously indicated NC State would be the one, but my crystal ball just turned Carolina Blue. Look for Randle to land in Chapel Hill.