Indiana now recruiting top 2013 big man Julius Randle

  • 09/14/2011 12:03 pm in

Multiple outlets, including our friend Zach Osterman over at Inside Indiana (premium), reported Tuesday that Indiana had a presence at the open gym of Julius Randle, a top five prospect nationally in the class of 2013.

Bennie Seltzer was indeed among the large contingent of college coaches checking out Randle in Plano, Texas yesterday. 

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward is an AAU teammate of Matt Jones, who was recently offered a scholarship by the Hoosiers.

Following early commitments from Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr., Indiana’s recruiting efforts in the 2013 class for a big man have taken on a national flavor with BeeJay Anya, Luke Fischer and now Randle. IU sits in a favorable position already with both Anya and Fischer.

The Prestonwood Christian Academy junior is ranked No. 3 overall by ESPN.com. A lengthy list of schools, including Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas, are recruiting him.

Both Randle and Jones are potential attendees for Duke’s “Countdown to Craziness” event next month in Durham, according to DevilsIllustrated.

Here’s an ESPN scouting report on Randle from July’s Peach Jam in Augusta, South Carolina:

A man among boys even against the nation’s elite. A rare combination of power and skill who scores both inside and out. What makes him so special is how he handles the ball to get to the rim and get old-fashion 3-point plays. He shoots it well from the perimeter and can not be stopped when he wants to score. He has excellent hands and is a great rebounder when he puts his mind to it.

And here’s video of Randle from May’s Spiece Run ‘N Slam Classic from CityLeagueHoopsTV:

(Photo credit: Nick Koza)

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  • Anonymous

    This kid won’t sign anywhere this year, and not even next year possibly, which gives the ’12 class a chance to get on the floor.  That will provide visual evidence to him that this is a team that can do some damage he may want to be a part of, not to mention all those guys will be in-house on a recruiting visit.

    I’m not saying he’s going to even play in Bloomington, but I am saying that the odds of getting guys like this are steadily increasing.  What the hell do you with him on one side of the floor and Trey Lyles on the other?

  • Anonymous

    Why isn’t Boeheim all over this kid?  You’d have to be crazy to not tell him “you could be the Real Orange Julius!”

  • Anonymous

    “What the hell do you with him on one side of the floor and Trey Lyles on the other? ” you start planning where the next banner will hang.

  • Anonymous

    “What the hell do you with him on one side of the floor and Trey Lyles on the other? ” you start planning where the next banner will hang.

  • Anonymous

    “What the hell do you with him on one side of the floor and Trey Lyles on the other? ” you start planning where the next banner will hang.

  • Ryan Goods

    sounds like a one and done. meh

  • Anonymous

    Very few schools can complete with Kentucky.  They have the 3 M’s going for them: MoMoney, MoCars and MoGirls.  Of course if he wants MoTattoo’s, he’ll consider OSU.

  • MillaRed

    I did but I fell in love with her and that created quite a mess. I don’t want to talk about it.

  • MitchellBMitch

    Just watched his mix tape for the 3rd time in a row…can we please get this kid, even if he is a one and done (which are not bad, championship caliber teams have usually had at least one one an done), if he is of strong character and fits with our system, I say he should be priority #1. I believe we should compete with the other blue bloods and I believe we have as good as shot as any team to land him, esp by 2013.

    I think if we land either Randle or Anya for our big in 2013, we will have a great recruiting class with a chance to add a 4th.

    I am loving the direction the coaches are taking recruiting and I believe beginning this year, the team will move in a winning direction…

    Go Hoosiers…