Julius Randle One of McDonald’s All-American Nominees

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Julius Randle is one of the top uncommitted recruits in the 2013 class. He is the number one power forward in the class and fourth best overall. He fractured his foot earlier last year and will miss his entire senior season as a result. That does not mean though that college coaches aren’t interested in his services though.

In fact, his six finalists: Texas, Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, NC State and Oklahoma will all fight over him this spring.

He may be healthy in time for the McDonald’s All-American Game, and was recently named one of McDonald’s nominees. This was surprising, because in the past a player had to play in at least 50 percent of his team’s games to be considered. Apparently, that is not the policy anymore.

“The percentage of games played is a guideline during the selection process, but not a rule,” the McDonald’s Selection Committee wrote to the Herald-Leader. “The most important aspect is that the player is playing during the selection process (i.e. not injured). And if they are injured, that they are scheduled to return to finish the season.The Selection Committee and Chairman Morgan Wootten do evaluate each player and situation on an individual basis.”

Randle had said previously that he would try to come back early from his injury in order to secure a spot on the team, but it is better this way. He might have re-injured the foot and needed more rehab. Randle boarded a plane with his mom to N.C. State yesterday, so I’m sure there will be an update on Randle’s status after that visit.


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