It’s been a very exciting past few days for one of the nation’s best, five-star power forward Julius Randle. On Friday, Randle played his first game since breaking his foot in November and he could also become a McDonald’s All-American as well after being passed up last Thursday.
McDonald’s All-American committee chairman Morgan Wootman told SNY.tv that Randle could be added if he shows he is healthy enough.
“Everyone knows he can play. It’s just a question of whether he’s physically sound or not,” Wootman said. If Randle is selected, he would be the 25th McDonald’s All-American. It would be a great accolade for Randle to go with his selection to play in the Jordan Brand Classic.
Friday also marked the return of Randle to the basketball court. In his first game since breaking his foot in November, he scored 19 points and 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes of play. I think it’s safe to say that he is back and ready to prove to everyone he hasn’t lost a step since being out.
The next day, he was on hand to witness the Kansas Jayhawks demolish the Texas Longhorns–two teams in the running for the highly touted recruit–73-47 in his official visit to Lawrence. The visit not only left a good impression on Randle, but it left a great impression on his mother. She told USA Today that “Kansas fans were the best. They’re the loudest and the best.”
There are two things you should take away from this. First, if Randle is not selected in the McDonald’s All-American Game, it will not define him as a player. Everyone knows how great of a player he is, seeing that when he was out with his broken foot, he never moved out of the top five in player rankings.
Second, a rule of thumb for recruiting is that you not only recruit the player, you recruit mom as well. If you’re the Jayhawks, you have to feel really good about your positioning after what she said about her experience during Randle’s visit.
As the old saying goes: if mom isn’t happy, nobody is happy.