In a live announcement in front of a national audience on ESPNU, Prestonwood Christian Academy power froward Julius Randle committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. He picked UK over Kansas, as well as Florida, NC State, Texas, and Oklahoma, but just like last year’s national championship game, the final showdonw was between the Cats and the Jayhawks with John Calipari’s team coming out on top (or as Bill Self said, KU just ran out of time).
National Recruiting Overall Rankings
In other words, Kentucky just added to a consensus top-5 player to a class already being compared to the greatest recruiting hauls of all-time.
Randle joins Andrew & Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, James Young, and Derek Willis in what will undoubtedly go down as one of, if not the best class of all-time.
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.
Extremely unique prospect due to his combination of size, strength, scoring instincts and ball-handling skills. Very difficult to find players with his skill-set, at any level of competition. Has work to do, on the defensive end in particular, but he’s clearly a top-notch prospect for the NBA.