Julius Randle Sets Announcement Date, Top Programs in Play
For a player who missed the majority of his senior season, Julius Randle (Plano, TX/Prestonwood Christian) has had to overcome a lot. But for the five-star player and one of the top recruits in the nation, the pressure of deciding what college he will play for is nearing an end.
On Monday Randle announced that he will make one of the most important decisions of his young life March 20 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Who Randle will choose that day is still very much up in the air.
Five schools, Kansas Jayhawks, N.C. State Wolfpack, Texas Longhorns, Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators, are still in the running for Randle. In the past five months all schools received visits from Randle and all will be watching intently as to who the talented power forward will pick.
I for one happen to think that Randle will wind up picking Kansas as his school of choice. Although many of the talented players do not mind competing for spots on the team, I think Kentucky is just loaded with too much talent and it is too crowded at the top for Randle. And yes, N.C. State did make a really good impression and they are an up and coming program, I just think that Kansas overall made the biggest impression on Randle.
With all the tradition that comes with Kansas, playing in Allen Fieldhouse, being in the birthplace of basketball and not to mention, the great crowd game in and game out, it would be really tough for Randle to not pick the Jayhawks. During his visit remember, the Jayhawks student section chanted “We want Randle” and “Come to Kansas” while Randle was sitting behind the Kansas bench. Their fans are smart. They know who the talented player is and what having him on their squad would do to their program for the next few years.
There would be nothing Kansas fans would love more than to hang another national championship banner in the rafters. That possibility would increase significantly with the addition of Randle.