Tag:Julius Randle
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:29 pm

2013: No better trio with Parker, Randle, Noel

By Jeff Goodman

ATLANTA – I’m on my way home after spending the last few days drinking sweet tea, eating peaches and, yes, also watching the elite players in the country.

I’ve been doing this recruiting deal for the past dozen years – and have never been so intrigued by the top three players in a class.

Sure, LeBron was can’t miss back in the Class of 2003, but his sidekicks were Loul Deng and Shannon Brown. There was Kevin Durant and Greg Oden a half-dozen years ago, but the No. 3 guy was Brandan Wright.

This trio I just watched – over and over – is special.

No, not that one in the Class of 2012 – which features Shabazz Mohammad and a pair of underwhelming big men in Andre Drummond and Isaiah Austin.

I’m talking about the group of rising juniors. The Class of 2013.

I honestly can’t get enough of this trio.

To me, there are three guys who clearly stand above the fray: Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Nerlens Noel.

All reside in the frontcourt; all offer something different; and all play hard.

You’ve got the smooth and skilled 6-foot-8 Parker, the Simeon High (Ill.) product who likely has the highest ceiling, and occupies most recruiting gurus’ No. 1 overall spot.

Then you’ve got the 6-8 Randle, a Texan who gets after it with a similar intensity level of Kevin Garnett (without the punk attitude) and is a warrior in the paint.

Finally comes Noel, a rail-thin 6-10 Everett, Mass., native who blocks shots like someone never seen before at the high school level.

I can’t get enough of watching all of them, and I’d take any of them over anyone in the Class of 2012.

But it’s extremely different for me to single out any of them as the No. 1 player in the country.

So I went to 10 high-major Division 1 coaches and got their take. Parker earned six votes, Randle collected three and Noel was the choice of one.

Parker: ``The guy can flat-out put the ball in the hole. He can score it in every way.”

Parker: ``He has the best skill level and is the best shooter of the three.”

Parker: ``He’s so versatile and will be able to impact the game right away.

Randle: ``No one gets more done. He gets to the line more than anyone and is unbelievably competitive. He’s a great rebounder and is so unselfish.”

Parker: ``He’s like Carmelo Anthony.”

Noel: ``I haven’t seen anyone that can impact the game the way he can in 30 years. He’s a game-changer.”

Parker: ``He’s a combination of Grant Hill and Kobe.”

Randle: ``Guys like him just aren’t out there anymore. He just plays harder than everyone else.”

Parker: ``I could see him being a star in the NBA, maybe not to the level of LeBron or Kobe – but close.”

Randle: ``Parker has a higher ceiling, but I’ll take this kid every day of the week.”

The following is a list of the Top 3 players (consensus) since the turn of the century:

2011 -- Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Michael Gilchrist.

2010 -- Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger and Kyrie Irving

2009 -- Derrick Favors, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins

2008 -- Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans

2007 -- O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love, Eric Gordon

2006 –- Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Brandan Wright

2005 -- Josh McRoberts, Monta Ellis, Martell Webster

2004 -- Dwight Howard, Shaun Livingston, Al Jefferson

2003 –- LeBron James, Loul Deng, Shannon Brown

2002 –- Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton

2001 –- Eddy Curry, Kelvin Torbert, Dejuan Wagner

2000 –- Zach Randolph, Eddie Griffin, Darius Miles

Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:22 pm

Race to the Top: Looking at the elite recruits

Posted by Jeff Borzello

The book is just about closed on the class of 2011. 
Sure, there are still players like DeAndre Daniels, Trevor Lacey, Joseph Uchebo, Kevin Ware and others dragging out their recruiting process, but it’s almost time to put the senior class in our rearview mirror.

There was no clear-cut number one player in the class, with different rankings placing Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers or Michael Gilchrist at the top of the class. Davis came out of nowhere in the spring of his junior season, making his case for No. 1 on the AAU scene. Rivers simply kept lighting it up no matter whom he played, while Gilchrist was steady and solid and probably held the No. 1 spot for the longest of anyone in the class.

But that’s all in the past. The final rankings are out, and it’s time to look at them as incoming college freshman, not high school players. As for the high school players, who’s got next? With only one month of the AAU circuit in the books, there is still plenty of spring and summer ball to be played.

This is the first in a summer-long “Race to the Top” feature at CBSSports.com where we gauge which players helped their case as the top player in the class and which players might have dropped a bit in the eyes of observers. We will likely update it after each major event we attend. To start, here’s a look at the candidates for the No. 1 ranking in the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Photo: Lonnie Webb/MaxPrepsAndre Drummond (pictured): 6’10”, C, St. Thomas More (Conn.) 
Why No. 1: When motivated, he’s unstoppable; combo of size and skill is unparalleled. 
Why Not: Doesn’t dominate consistently; disappears and fails to play hard at times.

Shabazz Muhammad: 6’6”, SF, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 
Why: Outstanding lefty scorer and unstoppable in the mid-range; good size and build. 
Why Not: Perimeter shooting is inconsistent right now; not as effective going to his right.

DaJuan Coleman: 6’10”, C, Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.) 
Why: Has the ability to dominate the interior with his size and bulk; beginning to score in other ways. 
Why Not: Needs to become more toned and get in better shape; does not dominate consistently.

Cameron Ridley: 6’10”, C, George Bush (Tex.), committed to Texas 
Why: Late bloomer continues to improve and has a high ceiling; scores and rebounds effectively. 
Why Not: Needs to develop interior offense more; doesn’t have a wide variety of post moves.

Isaiah Austin: 7’0”, C, Grace Prep (Tex.), committed to Baylor 
Why: Absolute match-up nightmare due to his size and skill; tremendous inside-outside option. 
Why Not: Needs to add weight; spends too much time on the perimeter for a 7-footer.

Brandon Ashley, Ricardo Ledo, Rodney Purvis, Grant Jerrett (Arizona), Kaleb Tarczewski, Amile Jefferson


Julius Randle: 6’9”, PF, Prestonwood Christian (Tex.) 
Why: Unbelievably versatile, can score and defend in different ways; motivated to be No. 1. 
Why Not: Could improve his outside jumper; tends to force drives at times against bigger players.

Jabari Parker:
6’7”, SF, Simeon (Ill.) 
Why: Coming on strong for the top spot; can score inside and out and is becoming quicker. 
Why Not: Struggles defensively to guard quicker or bigger players; working on his handle.

Nerlens Noel: 6’10”, C, Tilton (N.H.) 
Why: Defensively ability is out of this world in terms of blocking shots and rebounding; developing offensively. 
Why Not: Has to add weight to his frame; still somewhat raw on offense and struggles with contact.

Kuran Iverson:
6’8”, SF, Northwest Catholic (Conn.) 
Why: Very high ceiling due to his skill and size; very versatile and knows how to score in different ways. 
Why Not: Takes possessions off and does not play hard all the time; needs to dominate like he can.

Chris Thomas:
6’5”, SG, Westwind Prep (Ariz.) 
Why: Outstanding offensive player; he can shoot from the perimeter, score inside and rack up assists. 
Why Not: Jump shot can disappear at times; defense takes a backseat to his offense in terms of effort.

Others: Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Aaron Gordon, Keith Frazier


Andrew Wiggins: 6’7”, SF, Vaughan (Can.) 
Why: Multi-skilled and can play a variety of positions; has the ability to score on the perimeter or at the rim. 
Why Not: Needs to develop a mean streak; not at the point where he takes over games.

Wayne Selden: 6’4”, SF, Tilton (N.H.) 
Why: Powerful body and an imposing player for his age; is unstoppable going to the rim and can shoot. 
Why Not: He’s simply more physically developed than his peers; has to be more explosive as he ages.

Theo Pinson:
6’5”, SG, Oak Ridge (N.C.) 
Why: Long and athletic, very tough matchup; has excellent passing ability and can finish at the rim. 
Why Not: Needs to add weight to his frame and get stronger; ball-handling is getting better.

Jahlil Okafor:
6’8”, PF, Whitney Young (Ill.) 
Why: Already has good post moves and back-to-the-basket game; finishes at the rim and likes contact. 
Why Not: Not an explosive athlete right now; tends to play below the rim despite his size.

Dakari Johnson: 6’8”, C, St. Patrick (N.J.) 
Why: Dominant space-eater with great skill for his age; very difficult to stop once he gets the ball. 
Why Not: His athleticism needs work; struggles at times against taller players as a result.

Trey Lyles: 6’7”, PF, Arsenal Technical (Ind.), committed to Indiana 
Why: His mix of size and skill is tough to match; can run the floor and scores inside and out. 
Why Not: Doesn’t dominate against inferior opponents; could add strength and weight to his frame.

Others: Justin Jackson.

Photo: Lonnie Webb/MaxPreps
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:30 pm

Julius Randle out to prove he's No. 1

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Most players might shy away from being the No. 1 player in the class.

Not Julius Randle.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy (Texas), is in the mix for the top ranking in 2013 – and he isn’t afraid to let people know.

“Every time on the floor, I want to let everyone know I’m the best player on the court,” he said last weekend at the Boo Williams EYBL event in Hampton. “There’s a lot of tough players, but I think I rank up there. Every time I play against a top player, I go at him.”

ESPN and Scout rank Randle atop his class, although Nerlens Noel attempted to stake his own claim for No. 1 at Boo Williams.

Randle, who plays for Team Texas Titans, enjoys the level of competition in the EYBL – even if players are gunning for him.

“Every player on the court is a good player,” he said. “It lets you compare."

“There’s a target on my back. If you play well against me, you feel like you have a chance to make a name for yourself.”

Randle has drawn comparisons to everyone from Chris Webber and Kevin Garnett to Marvin Williams and Caron Butler due to his ability to play both forward positions and score in a variety of ways.

“I always told my mom I didn’t want to do just one thing,” he said. “I like versatility.”

Randle struggled at times during the event in Hampton, but he still managed to demonstrate an inside-outside offensive game and ranked among the top rebounders at the EYBL.

His unselfishness was also on display throughout the weekend.

“I’m trying to get my teammates involved,” Randle said. “I’m working on everything, trying to be an all-around player.”


Not surprisingly, Randle has a who’s who of colleges on his tail. The schools coming at him the hardest include Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State, Duke and Louisville.

He even received an offer from North Carolina, despite head coach Roy Williams’ propensity for waiting a long time to extend offers.

Despite the long list of suitors, Randle is taking his time.

“There’s not leader at this point,” he said. “I’m in no rush to make a decision.

“I want coaches that will push me. And academics, in case basketball doesn’t work out for me.”

For now, it seems that basketball will work out just fine.

Photo: TheShiver.com

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