Julius Randle got some bad news on Monday, finding out that his foot is fractured and that he will be sidelined for three months.
The top big man in the Class of 2013 and No. 2 overall recruit, according to Rivals.com, was forced to leave his game on Saturday against Ducanville with a foot injury in the first half and did not return.
On Monday, Randle's mother, Carolyn Kyles, told USA Today about her son's devastating injury.
It’s a minor setback, but Julius is a fighter. We’ve already begun to set up rehabilitation for him and he’s a naturally a little down now, but he’ll be back before you know it. We’re just staying positive about everything. We know he’ll come back stronger than ever.
This is a big hit for the nation's No. 2 recruit, but it is certainly not insurmountable.
Randle will likely drop in the Class of 2013 rankings due to the injury, but he has already secured offers from major programs like Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina State, Florida and more.
What's even better for Randle is that these next three months are not the end of his high school career. While he will likely miss most of his senior season, if not all of it, that does not mean that this is the last time we will see him before he goes to college.
As Randle's godfather, Jeff Webster, told USA Today, Randle will be back for the postseason, and will be ready for the summer events head of him.
He’ll be ready for the postseason all-star games if not sooner. It’s all a part of the game. These things happen. Now the hard work begins, and it’s a challenge for him. The doctor says three months, but he’s the type of player that will work hard to be ready before that. We’re not rushing anything, but we’ve got work to do.
The 6'9", 240-pound forward from Plano, Texas is an elite player with a lot of potential. He is a sure-fire lottery pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and this will be but a minor setback for him.
While it will be important for him to come back healthy, this is not the type of injury that can limit what a player can do for years. It isn't the same as tearing an ACL, which can result in a player never being the same.
Randle's injury is the type that he will come back from and in four months you'll think he never missed any time at all.
Look for this kid to bounce back and have a major impact at whatever program he chooses for his one year in college.