Julius Randle: Why Top Recruit Will Choose Kentucky Wildcats

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IMarch 12, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com

Julius Randle is one of the most coveted recruits in college basketball, but chances are he will ultimately end up with the Kentucky Wildcats.

The reasons for Randle being such a highly-touted prospect and the No. 2 recruit in the nation (per 247Sports.com) are clear:

He has great size at 6'9'' and 250 pounds, but what's more impressive is how well he handles the ball. Not only can he dominate on the inside, but the big man is also developing his mid- to long-range game that should turn him into a complete player down the road.

To say Randle could be a dominant player at the college level is an understatement at best.

Even before making his decision, Randle has been speculated to be heading to Kentucky, per Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal:

University of Kentucky basketball signee Derek Willis thinks at least one of the Wildcats’ three big remaining recruiting targets will join their top-ranked class this spring.

Willis, the Bullitt East forward, said Friday at the Sweet 16 that he thinks five-star Texas power forward Julius Randle “is a lock” to commit to the Cats.

'As far as Julius Randle goes — and this is all based on what I’ve found, what I’ve read — I think he will come,' Willis said in Rupp Arena, where he received the KABC Sixth Region Player of the Year Award.

Take it for what it's worth, but it's still good news in the Randle coming to Kentucky department.

According to Jones' report, Randle is also trying to decide between Kansas, Florida and Texas, but Kentucky is no doubt his best option of the four.

For starters, the Wildcats are just one year removed from winning a national title and are in the midst of attempting to defend their crown, although an injury to star big man Nerlens Noel has seriously hurt those chances.

Despite that, the Wildcats still have a good amount of talent on their roster as is and could be scary good next season if some of those players return combined with the Wildcats top-ranked recruiting class coming in.

The Wildcats currently have four top-20 prospects signed while another is committed (Per 247Sports.com). The possibility still remains that both Randle and No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins can join this already stellar group of players.

The future will be bright for the Wildcats next season and every season, which gives Randle a great chance to win a national title in what could be his only season in college. That will guarantee he gets maximum exposure on the national stage and in turn, his draft stock will get a boost as long as he plays up to par.

It also doesn't hurt that the Wildcats have one of the best coaches in the nation, John Calipari. The Kentucky coach has helped produce several solid players during his career and Calipari has found a way to turn great individual players into a team that can dominate on both ends of the floor.

With all the talent and great coaching at Kentucky, it's a no-brainer of a decision for Randle to make. The Wildcats give him the best chance to succeed at the college level and Randle would be wise to join this talented program next season.