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By LARRY VAUGHT
Julius Randle was named to the Jordan Brand Classic April 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn even though he was hurt most of the season and could still be added to the McDonald’s All-American Game April 3 in Chicago.
“Him playing in the McDonald’s game is being talked about,” Plano Prestonwood Christian coach Chris Mayberry said. “I was on a conference call in January where it was said that if Julius shows he is the Julius everybody knows he could be, he would be added to the roster. I think he has clearly proven who he is on the court. I think he will end up in the game.”
Some feel his college choices are down to Kansas, Texas and Kentucky. He still has Oklahoma in his final six schools, but did not take an official visit there. He was at UK in mid-September for his first official visit. Randle tweeted Monday night that he would announce his college choice March 20 on ESPNU.
“He cut his list to six schools and then got hurt, but the schools did not panic. They knew what the injury was and that he would be fine. We still had people coming in and no one backed off him,” Mayberry said. “I think he is going to take a couple of weeks off and think through the whole thing. He is a super smart kid and will make the best decision for where he thinks the coach will be hard and push him but where he can also enjoy the academic experience. He is a kid that follows the Lord and he is looking for guys that will invest in his future in the spiritual realm, too.”
Mayberry says the school that gets Randle will get much more than just a superb player.
“He really is one of the best kids I’ve ever been around. He’s a great kid,” Mayberry said. “He’s not perfect. None of us are. But he has a great mom and has really been listening to his family and people closest to him and has not strayed from those things. He has a bright future ahead of him wherever he goes. I have been close to him for years and have watched him grow and mature. It has been exciting to be invested in his life and part of seeing him grow to be a man.”