Basketball Recruiting Roundtable: Will Julius Randle Choose Kansas, Kentucky, or Texas?

On March 20th, 2013 power forward Julius Randle will announce his college decision.

Randle’s top three teams include: the Kansas Jayhawks, the Kentucky Wildcats, and the Texas Longhorns. Although, the two at the top of the mountain are the Jayhawks and the Wildcats.

This week, Fansided 150 is joined by Evan William’s of Busting Brackets to answer the question: where will Julius Randle play his college career at next season?

Mar 4, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self calls in a play during the second half of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 79 to 42. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky: Even though the top 3 teams fighting for Randle’s service are Kentucky, Kansas, and Texas, it will come down to Kansas vs. Kentucky. Both teams are solid choices for a recruit to play their college career. Yes, Kentucky struggled this year, but like coach Cal said in a press conference, “Maybe this is a team of all returning players.”

If I was Randle, I’d choose the Jayhawks, but could see Kentucky being his choice. Right now, the Kentucky Wildcats are down, but are going to make a comeback next season. Only bad thing about the Wildcats are the players they are gaining and/or returning. Kentucky will be adding the Wiggins twins and James Young (to name a few). Kansas will most likely lose most of their roster including Jeff Withey. My prediction is that Julius Randle will be a Jayhawk next season.

Michael: Julius Randle, a consensus top-three player in the country in the class of 2014, will be choosing between Kansas, Kentucky and Texas as he makes his college commitment public on March 20th. The frontrunners for his services appear to be the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats who are both considered to be in the running for the top recruiting class for 2013. Landing Randle would be enough to push either or over the top I would imagine as he in an immense talent who should fare very well for himself on the college level.

In the case of a player like Randle the rest of the commits at a school really will have no bearing on his decision as he should shine wherever he decided to attend college. He was named a McDonald’s All-American after leading his team to a state championship despite missing the bulk of the season due to a broken foot showing the type of talent he is. At the end of the day I see Randle winding up at Kansas as they had the last visit.

Evan: Kansas. Reasoning: Bill Self. The Phog. Rock Chalk Legacy. Opportunity.

The Jayhawks will need to replace their entire starting-5 from this year’s team, which opens the door for Randle to log 30+ minutes per game off the bat. Between Randle, Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor, you’d be looking at one of the premiere frontcourts in all of college hoops. At KU, the point guard of the future (Naadir Tharpe) is in place. None of Randle’s other contenders can say the same. The Harrison twins at UK only like to share the ball with themselves, so the requisite # of touches Randle covets may not happen right away. Plus, there’s no telling how many minutes the likes of Kyle Wiltjer, Marcus Lee and possibly Willie Cauley-Stein take away from Randle next year. My guess is too many to make the Cats an appealing option.

The Fansided 150 staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with analysts Michael Bohlin, Joe Soriano, and Tim Tolley.

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