Julius Randle is one of the top high school basketball players in the country and as you would imagine every college coach in American is after him. College coaches are competing with each other to outdo the other.
Recently Kentucky head coach John Calipari visited Randle and showed off his 2012 national championship ring. While Randle was very impressed with this it was time for one coach to one up Calipari. That coach Roy Williams of the University of North Carolina.
After reports that Randle was wowed by Calipari’s bling, Williams came well prepared when he visited with Randle.
“More like 31-up,” Randle today the USA today.
During their meeting last week Williams brought a case of 30 or so rings. Those rings included everything from national title to conference titles to final fours.
“When coach Williams opened the case you almost couldn’t look directly in it for fear of going blind,” Randle joked. “It was crazy.”
“Yeah, coach Williams was ready for coach Cal with those rings.” Randle’s mother Carolyn Kyles said. “He got him there.”
However the biggest shock for Randle was when Williams pulled out Michael Jordan’s 1992 NBA championship ring.
“He said Jordan gave it to him to show his players what they could achieve with hard work and determination,” Randle said. “I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe I was holding Jordan’s ring.”
Randle is a 6’8” power forward form Plano, Texas. Every recruiting service has Randle as a top 5 player for the class of 2013.
Randle excels in the low post. He loves to attack the rim; he has a variety of low posts moves. He is also a dominant rebounder and just overwhelms players with his strength. He needs to improve away from the basket.
Right now Randle is still looking at 10 schools. Texas, Kansas, Baylor, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina State, Oklahoma & Oklahoma State.