Rappin' with Randle: Season starts
December, 7, 2011
By Julius Randle | ESPN.com
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Julius Randle is ranked No. 3 in the ESPNU 60. As a junior, Randle, a forward at Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), is one of the most sought after prospects in the country, regardless of class, with heavyweights like Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Texas all pursuing him hotly. Randle has agreed to give ESPNHS exclusive access to his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to cooking recipes in a monthly diary.
What’s up everyone, it’s your boy Julius Randle and I’m back with my latest blog entry.
First off, I want everyone to click on this link and go vote for me in the ESPNHS Fans’ Choice Player of the Year award. I need your votes.
So far our season has been going really well. We’ve gotten off to a good start and we’re really playing together as a team and winning games. It’s been really fun.
I played against my boy Rodney (Purvis) at the Thanksgiving tournament and we got the win. There was no way I was gonna let him beat me in my home state. That was fun playing against him, but it was just a payback game for when his AAU team knocked my AAU team out in the Final Four of the Super Showcase when I was a freshman.
I was supposed to be visiting Kentucky last weekend but I had to take the SAT so I wasn’t able to go. I’m definitely gonna get there soon. I did get a chance to visit Baylor about three weeks ago and that was a really good visit. I got a chance to hang out with Quincy Miller and we had a good time together. Q is real cool to hang out with.
I got to see their practice and tour the campus and I had a good time with that. To top it all off I got to see a great football game when they beat Oklahoma so that was pretty exciting.
Also, I visited Kansas a little over a month ago and that was one of, if not the best visit that I’ve been on so far. The fans there are just crazy and they’ve got a lot of energy so that was just great.
I know that I’m gonna visit Duke after I leave the Beach Ball Classic later this month. My plan is to go to the Duke game then go to the North Carolina game in the same day so I know that will be a crazy experience. I’m really looking forward to getting down there.
Me and Rodney have been talking about me staying an extra day and visiting North Carolina State with him. I liked N.C. State before he committed, but now with him definitely going there along with what else they’re bringing in is attractive. I don’t know a whole lot about the new coaching staff but they’re definitely on my radar.
I know most of you guys know that my boy Matt Jones committed to Duke recently. I’ve been tight with Matt since the fifth grade and I was so excited when he committed to Duke. He’s come such a long way and I know he’ll fit in really well there.
Of course Matt is my teammate during the AAU season with the Team Texas Titans so everyone wants to know if that makes Duke more attractive.
Well, first they were pretty attractive anyway. I can’t say that it doesn’t make them more attractive, but I can’t make my decision based off the fact that my boy is there. It’s all about being the right fit. I’ve got to do what’s right for me. Duke is definitely one of the schools I’m taking a strong look at.
I know I’ll hear a lot more about Duke all summer when we start AAU though. I’m sure Matt will be coming on strong.
I also liked North Carolina’s pickup of Nate Britt. North Carolina kinda recruits the same type of guards. Nate, Marcus Paige and Kendall Marshall are all past-first point guards so that’s something that I noticed about them.
They even look alike, Haha! I love the way they play.
I definitely have been watching a few college basketball games too, but not for anything besides fun.
I was really impressed with Ohio State. They just have great spacing and they get up and down the floor really well. After they beat Duke, I talked to Coach (Thad) Matta and he was telling me that I wouldn’t have a set position there, I could just play.
Recently, I spoke with Coach (Steve) Robinson and Coach (Roy) Williams at North Carolina and they just keep telling me about how much they’d like me there. I spoke to Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski too. It’s funny; lately we haven’t spoken very much about basketball. He just makes sure everything else is going well with me and keeps me up to speed about what’s going on at Duke. That’s a little different.
Well, I know this is usually the part of the blog when I give you guys one of my famous recipes, but I’d like to get the word out about the Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Connor Cruse was a young guy that went to my school who was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 4 years old. He fought hard, but he eventually died of cancer on July 10, 2009.
It hit pretty close to home for us and this year we’re wearing his foundation’s symbol on the back of our jerseys. We just want to get awareness out there. If you want to learn more about the foundation please visit TeamConnor.org.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now everyone.
As always, I appreciate you reading my blog. Definitely check back soon for my next blog entry.
Until next time.
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