During the high school season, forward Jabari Parker was hailed as the best prep player since Lebron James. But after an injury sidelined him all Summer, prized prospects like Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, and the Harrison twins have been nipping at his heels to stake claim to the #1 spot.
While top rated PG and SG, twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison, have had an impressive Summer AAU showing and Blake Griffin clone Aaron Gordon is fresh off a co-MVP performance at the 2012 Elite 24 Game, the multi-talented PF Julius Randle has surpassed them all by earning the #1 ranking by Rivals heading into their senior seasons.
The 6’9 and 240lb Randle hails from Dallas, Texas and has drawn comparisons to 3 time NBA MVP Lebron James for his bruising front court and perimeter play. Already possessing an NBA ready body, Randle has tremendous ball-handling ability, an excellent first step, and prolific scoring and rebounding skills that make him a tremendous mismatch every time he steps on the floor.
Randle is one of the most sought after still uncommitted prospects in the 2013 Class and has recently narrowed down his college choices to a rather wide 10 schools including Kentucky, UNC, Duke, Baylor, Florida, Kansas, NC State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas.
There’s now doubting that Julius’ numerous outstanding performances this Summer on the AAU circuit, especially his one-on-one showdown with prized junior Andrew Wiggins at the Peach Jam, and winning the Dunk Contest and sharing MVP honors at the 2012 Elite 24 Game helped vault him to the #1 spot.
Check out Julius Randle’s 2012 Summer Mixtape:
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.