We continue to look at 2013 recruits today with our recruiting profile and it is a name that should become one that will be repeated over the next several months amongst Kentucky fans: Julius Randle. While it’s hard to tell whether or not Randle could play at the 5 in Calipari’s system, he’s a solid 4. While there’s no way to tell right now who will stay or leave at the end of next season, Randle could easily be a starter in Calipari’s rotation.
Randle has offers from Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas. However, he told Rivals that he plans to sign in the spring and is interested in Texas, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Kentucky.
He’s a tough one to compare so we’ll roll out Marvin Williams meets Caron Butler with a Kevin Garnett-ish motor. The left-hander is a pro in the making. He loves to catch on the blocks or extended, face and weigh his options. Not afraid to go glass and can drive it from mid-range going either way. Basically, he’s a real problem. When he needs to, he can explode and is a conscientious rebounder. His touch around the rim and ability to leap multiple times is noteworthy. The young man has counters and power moves. If he likes his matchup, he’ll dive right to the blocks and set up shop. There isn’t a spot on the floor where he can’t begin his drive or jumper. Likes the baseline too and will hit high-arching fadeaways. Randle owns a motor and has an affinity for playing hard.
Everyone has a weakness but in the end his strengths will out weigh his weaknesses. He’s a good shooter but down the road he’ll want to be an even better threat from the perimeter. He’s prone to flattening out his stroke, especially as he extends his range. Good ball handler, but room to improve. Not a natural threat as a shot blocker but will get his share on the backend with help side. To transition to the small forward, he’ll need to prove he can hang with smaller, quick athletes. In high school, he’ll lock those guys down with strength. Opponents will try to get under his skin and every so often he can be a touch reactionary. This is merely nitpicking one of the best prospects in high school basketball.
One of the top overall prospects in America. There’s no reason to think he can’t be an all-American and all-pro someday; he’s got that ceiling. He’ll wear the No. 1 slot for a lot of years in high school and he’ll be a marked man under constant scrutiny. His reputation as a good person and hard worker will aid him as he hopes to improve and stave off competition for his slot.