Basketball Recruiting 2013: Julius Randle Should Pick Kentucky over Florida

Josh SchochAnalyst IIINovember 29, 2012


Julius Randle's college basketball decision looks like it may come down to an all-SEC battle between the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators.

The nation's best forward in the Class of 2013 and No. 2 overall recruit according to should add to John Calipari's historic recruiting class.

After landing the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron) and shooting guard/wing James Young within a week of each other the team gained three Top 10 recruits, according to

The team then went out and landed No. 18 overall recruit Marcus Lee, who is a 6'9" combo forward.

Randle would make this easily the best recruiting class in the history of college basketball.

However, Randle wouldn't just help Kentucky: Kentucky would also help Randle (and more so than Florida would).

Calipari has had more success in developing young one-and-done players into NBA talents than Florida coach Billy Donovan. Coach Cal has turned out 28 NBA players in his career, including 18 first round picks, 11 lottery picks, six Top Three picks and three No. 1 overall selections.

Randle's top priority in college has to be to make it to the NBA. Barring any unforeseen, gruesome injuries he should be a sure-fire lottery pick and potentially a Top Three pick.

While Donovan also gives Randle the chance to be a top pick, he would have to play alongside power forward Chris Walker, who is the No. 8 player in the Class of 2013 according to Donovan has also had less success with NBA players than Calipari has enjoyed.


Calipari gives Randle the best chance of making it in the NBA, as he offers an NBA-style game, the experience of being an NBA coach and a player-first mentality that will only benefit Randle.

However, Kentucky offers more than just future success. While the NBA should be Randle's top priority, he will also be given the chance to come in and immediately compete for college basketball history.

By adding Randle to an already-stacked team, UK would be the early favorite for a national title and perhaps even an undefeated season.

The Harrison twins will give the Wildcats the best backcourt in the nation. Combining them with Young or Lee on the wing, Willie Cauley-Stein inside and Randle at the power forward position would make this one of the most talented teams in history.

While we've all heard about the rumored rift between the Harrison twins and Randle, both sides are constantly disputing this notion.

Oh, the other thing I want to clear up is the crazy rumor about there being some sort of beef between Andrew and Aaron Harrison and me. That is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, honestly. I’ve tried to ignore it but everyone is making it a big thing. 

I can tell you, 100 percent, that all three of us are cool. I’ve got the utmost respect for those guys and their games and we’re actually cool with each other. Every time I see them, we talk and hang out so I don’t know where that came from.

I love that they’re at Kentucky, too.

Potentially playing with two great guards would make it easier for me. I think that we would have a legit shot to win a national championship in our first year because I don’t see any guards in the country that would be better than them.

With the hopes of winning a national title in his only year at college and then becoming a Top Three pick, Randle's top destination should be Lexington, Kentucky.

The school gives him the best chance to succeed, both in college and the pros. I fully expect that sometime in the spring we will be talking about expectations for the Wildcats after Randle joins the team.