ESPNHS senior editor Ronnie Flores covered Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League stop in Hayward, Calif., over the weekend, an event that included Plano Prestonwood Christian star Julius Randle.
Randle, the nation's No. 2 recruit for the Class of 2013 according to the ESPN 100, and his Team Texas Titans faced Mac Irvin Fire on Sunday night. Mac Irvin Fire is led by Chicago Simeon's Jabari Parker, the nation's top-ranked recruit.
Here is Flores' coverage of the No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup:
On Sunday night, Parker's Mac Irvin Fire squad took on Randle's Team Texas Titans in front of a standing-room-only crowd. The intensity matched the hype, as both teams played within the team concept. Team Texas Titans jumped out to an early double-digit lead (18-8), but Mac Irvin Fire bounced back and kept it close before falling 63-59.
The main difference in the game wasn't the individual play of the two stars, but perimeter shooting. Mac Irvin Fire missed all 16 of its 3-point attempts, while Team Texas Titans made 7-of-13.
Parker, the No. 1 player in the ESPN 100 and a recent Sports Illustrated cover subject, made 6-of-14 field goal attempts (0-of-5 from 3-point range) and captured five rebounds, two assists and 14 points.
Randle, ranked No. 2 in the ESPN 100, made 6-of-10 field goal attempts (0-of-3 on 3-pointers) and had 13 rebounds and 23 points.
You can find more coverage of the tournament here.