Weight: 225 pounds
Considering: Kentucky, N.C. State, Florida, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma
Julius Randle is a do-it-all power forward who is the best big man in the Class of 2013. He has an explosive game that helps him with his back to the basket or when he faces up, and he is dangerous in either situation.
With incredible shot-blocking skills on defense he is a force in the paint, and the ability to go for 20-plus points on any given night, he will be a stud in college for his only season before departing for the NBA.
Julius Randle is the most sought-after big man in high school basketball today, but his decision looks like it is coming down to two schools: North Carolina State and Kentucky.
Mark Gottfried had an in-home visit with Randle that went very well (per USA Today), saying “Coach Gottfried is a guy you can’t help but to feel comfortable with."
That apparently has worked recently, as NC State is consistently among the top recruiting classes in the country. Randle described the program as one "that’s on the come up.”
That's an understatement.
The Wolfpack is ranked among the top five schools in the country for the upcoming season, and seeing the team succeed could drive Randle to wearing the red of North Carolina State.
However, you can never count Coach Cal out.
Kentucky's fearless leader on the recruiting trail already has one of the best classes in history with his Class of 2013 bunch, and adding Randle would make the team a favorite to go undefeated in the 2013-14 season.
Randle knows that he would enjoy success at both programs, yet there was speculation that he had a rift with the Harrison twins, who already committed to Kentucky. However, he cleared that up nicely on his blog on USA Today.
I’ve got the utmost respect for those guys and their games and we’re actually cool with each other. Every time I see them, we talk and hang out so I don’t know where that came from.
With that knowledge and the fact that multiple members of this year's team are recruiting him to UK, as well as Calipari, makes Kentucky one of the front-runners.
It's really a toss-up between these two programs right now, but you just can't bet against Calipari (twice) and his championship ring.