I'm a relative newbie here, so I'm not sure if I need to earn my stripes before starting new threads, but I thought Mr. Julius deserves his own thread, similar to one on Jabari. He shows strong interest in us and as a well respected big man he could truly be pivotal for us in many ways. ESPN's latest diary is a good one. Some definite positive vibes.
How does he compare to Jabari Parker?
A little bigger and more of an inside player I'm guessing, but interested in comments from those that follow or have seen both.
Interesting perspective on his blog about "Recruit X". I've watched "He Got Game" many times, and always wondered where/if those types of recruiting trips take place.
And even closer to home, I wonder if that sort of thing happens in our neighborhood.
I'm hesitant to post this because it is so dated, but a little something on Randle from nbadraft.net (from summer 2010 though)
NBA Comparison: Chris Webber
Strengths: Strong body ... Has a high skill level for a high school sophomore ... Excels at facing up and putting the ball on the floor ... Very good finisher around the basket ... Can step out and hit shots all the way to college 3pt. range ... Can play with his back to the basket but prefers face up game ... A good kid with a great work ethic ...
Weaknesses: While very solid, especially considering his age, not a jaw dropping physical specimen type of athlete ... Doesn't play on the box as much as he should, too perimeter oriented. Should focus a little more on refining his post game which will really be his bread and butter as he gets older ... Settles for too many jumpers at times instead of imposing his will inside ... Too left hand dominant. Needs to work at using his right hand better ...
Notes: Considered by many to be the top player in the 2013 class ...Measured 6'9 (in shoes) 243 lbs, with a 6'10 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy.
From what i've read i think he is leaning heavily toward Duke. I know him and Matt Jones are very close friends and I believe they play on the same AAU team. Randle said Duke was high on the list before Jones commited.
Jason Jordan compares Julius to Garnett in the video released for the common masses by Watzone. A nice interview with some stuff on Pinson, Richmond, Tony Parker, and Julius.
Randle says some nice things about Coach K and CIS. But he's keeping his options open.
THis ESPN Blog picks Randle to Duke...
However... they also predict Tony Parker to OSU and 'bazz to UNLV. I would have my doubts about that last one. Hope the first one (Randle to Duke) pans out though.
I'll take "good chance" at this point in the process.
"I don't like them when they are eating my azaleas or rhododendrons or pansies." - Coach K
Actually, my first thought was that it is a good cautionary tale to fans, that these kids actually do read these sites - so be careful what you say!
(BTW, if I were a kid reading the ESPN 'Predictions' blog/post, and read all of the catty, name-calling fan posts at the bottom of the story, I think I'd just get really turned off of their schools really fast. Fortunately it was largely UK, NC@CH and UNLV fans all trying to one-up their insults of one another's schools... Ugh!)
Last edited by -bdbd; 01-10-2012 at 03:09 PM.
It was obviously an outlier, but Julius had a huge 50 and 20 game last night. Not many people (even on a perfect night) could match that type of production. LINK
Randle and Prestonwood Christian take on NC State's Tyler Lewis and Oak Hill this Saturday at 6:00pm. Oak Hill is undefeated and ranked #2 by ESPN. Prestonwood is ranked #19. Should be a great game.
Hopefully he'll realize how great it would be to play with Lewis instead of against him Though I view State as a long shot to land Julius.
Any update on his recruiting? I know hes 2013, but he's most likely to be one and done correct?