Coach Talks Julius Randle's Recruitment

By Robert White
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Just 24 hours before his star player is set to announce his college commitment, coach Chris Mayberry discussed Julius Randle’s recruitment.

Coach Mayberry said the star power forward thinks he may have chosen which college he will attend, but said the four colleges Randle had not yet eliminated – Kentucky, Kansas, Florida and Texas– are all still in the running.

According to his coach, Julius Randle has cut off all contact with colleges and coaches for several weeks while he makes his decision.

“The only thing coaches were doing is coming to playoff games,” Mayberry said in an interview with the Courier-Journal. “That’s it. From that (point he sent the tweet), he felt he had all the information he needed. Of course he wanted to be a kid and enjoy this last (playoff) run, and he was so excited coming off the injury. So yep, that’s pretty much it.”

Mayberry confirmed none of the colleges still in contention for Randle’s commitment knew of his decision, saying “I’m sure they don’t (the college coaches) because they text me all the time (asking) about where he’s at.”

Coach John Calipari apparently warned Randle of the pressure Kentucky faces on a yearly basis to win national championships. Mayberry said that’s not something that has affected Randle, a player who loves the moment.

A broken foot limited Randleto just the last five games of the season, however, it didn’t stop the highly touted prospect from dropping 35 points per game during the short stretch.

Randle is the third ranked prospect from the class of 2013 according to ESPN and is just one of three players ranked in the top 20 yet to have made a college decision, along with Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon.

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