High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Julius Randle

Eye on POY: Texas boys basketball

March, 16, 2012
The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Julius Randle
Junior forward, Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas)

2011-12 Team record: 27-4
2011-12 Team standing: Won Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 5A state title; No. 12 ESPNHS ranking

2011-12 Points per game: 21.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: City of Palms Tournament MVP; District 5A-1 MVP; ESPNHS Class of 2013 No. 2-rated recruit.

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