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Julius Randle has cut his list to six schools, according to a Tweet from his school, Prestonwood Christian Academy.
“Julius Randle narrows to 6: Kentucky, NC State, Florida, Texas, Kansas, OU.”
A source close to the recruitment confirmed he had spoken to Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, and that those schools comprised his final six.
Kyles was not immediately available for comment.
The 6-foot-9 Randle surprisingly eliminated Baylor, North Carolina, Duke and Oklahoma State.
Duke, North Carolina and Baylor were long considered heavy players in his recruitment, and Kyles and Randle had spoken glowingly of Duke and North Carolina in a recent series by USA Today.
Much was made of Carolina coach Roy Williams showing up for an in-home visit with a box of 30 rings, including one from Michael Jordan’s 1992 championship with the Bulls, while Kentucky coach John Calipari had just his 2012 NCAA championship ring.
Randle has said he will sign in the spring.
“I think the spring is a better decision for me, but I’m not going to rule out the fall,” he told SNY.tv in August.
What’s the advantage of the spring?
“Pretty much the players and you can see the head coaches,” he said. “It will give me another chance to study their systems. I haven’t really studied systems since I’ve been recruited, but it gives me a chance to really look at the coaches.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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