Five-star senior Julius Randle will miss the next three months with a fractured right foot, USA Today reported on Monday afternoon.
Randle, a 6-foot-8 forward for Prestonwood Christian (Texas), sustained the injury at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in nearby Duncanville, Texas, which is just outside Dallas.
“It’s a minor setback, but Julius is a fighter,” Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, told USA Today. “We’ve already begun to set up rehabilitation for him and he’s naturally a little down now, but he’ll be back before you know it.”
Randle is ranked anywhere from second to sixth on national recruiting boards. He has incredible size and athleticism with a motor that drives in one direction: to the hoop.
He had an upcoming matchup scheduled for Jan. 21 against No. 5-ranked prospect Aaron Gordon’s Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) team, but Prestonwood will have to finish their regular season without him.
Prestonwood also had sophomore Mickey Mitchell tear his ACL while playing football, so they will be in for a tough year.
He has taken trips to Kentucky, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma and is expected to also visit Kansas and North Carolina State. My money is on Randle to stay in the South and either go to Texas or Florida. I could be wrong, though: Lord knows John Calipari does quite well with the way he lands these high profile recruits. I do wonder though if this leg fracture will give any teams pause about Randle’s durability as a big man. I hope it does not because he has an incredible skill set and I believe we will be watching him play pro ball one day.