Julius Randle, who was expected to miss the rest of the season after fracturing his foot in late November, will play again this season his mother, Carolyn Kyles, said on Feb. 14. Randle is expected to play when Prestonwood Christian (Dallas, Texas) plays Bishop Lynch (Dallas) on Feb.15. He is rated as the third best prospect in the class of 2014 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation.
“He’s coming back,” Kyles said. “He’s really excited. He’s been doing really well in rehab and he’s been full-contact in practice all week. The coaches are saying that he’s looking like he’s on his way to being the old Julius and even better. They’re saying it’s looking great.”
Kyles said that the plan is for Randle to play sparingly.
“Just a few minutes a quarter,” she said. “He’s excited. It’s senior night and this is what he loves to do. I’m just really happy for him.”
Other recruiting news:
- Anton Beard (North Little Rock, Ark./Parkview) de-committed from Missouri on Feb. 13, he announced via his twitter account. The 6-1 junior point guard is ranked the 22nd best prospect at his position in the class of 2014 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Beard is strong and physical. He likes to push the ball and can get to the rim where he has the ability to finish even with contact.
Since opening up his recruitment, Beard has already heard from Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Kansas, Arkansas, UMass and UConn. Missouri is said to still be an option.
- Cornelius Elder (Murfeesboro,Tenn), a dual sport athlete, wanted to play football and basketball in college and Miami (Fla.) will give him a chance. The 5-10, three-star point guard committed to the Hurricanes on Feb. 13.
- On Feb. 12, Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ont., Canada/ Huntington Prep, W.Va.), the top prospect in the class of 2013, announced tentative dates that he plans on visiting three schools that made his final four list. Wiggins said that he will visit Kentucky on Feb. 27, Kansas on March 3, and North Carolina on March 9.
Kentucky is hosting Mississippi State, Kansas is playing West Virginia and North Carolina will battle Duke on the dates that Wiggins is scheduled to be on campus. Florida State is the other school that made Wiggins' final list and he visited the Seminoles on Dec. 4, 2012.
Syracuse and Ohio State, both of which made Wiggins previous list of schools, were cut from consideration.
Also on Feb. 12, Wiggins was selected as the top pick in the Jordan Brand game that will take place on April 6.
- Five future Kentucky Wildcats were among the 22 players selected to participate in the 12th annual Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball all-star showcase on Feb. 12. The five Kentucky recruits that will suit up in the game are point guard Andrew Harrison, shooting guard Aaron Harrison, small forward James Young, center Dakari Johnson and power forward Marcus Lee.
The other 17 players selected to the game were Kasey Hill (Florida) and Chris Walker (Florida), Wayne Seldon (Kansas), center Joel Embiid (Kansas), Jabari Parker (Duke), Matt Jones (Duke), Noah Venleh (Indiana), Troy Williams (Indiana), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Kuran Iverson (Memphis), Rondae Jefferson (Arizona), Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina), Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Nigel Williams-Gross (Washington) Aaron Gordon (undecided), Julius Randle (undecided) and Wiggins.
- Grayson Allen (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence), rated the 36th best prospect in the class of 2014 by ESPN Recruiting Nation, is examining his college choices. The 6-4 combo guard has several scholarship offers but is seriously considering nine of them.
The nine schools that are currently on Allen’s list are Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State, Purdue, South Florida, Texas and Virginia Tech.
Allen is a high-percentage three-point shooter and is a very good passer. He is in constant motion which helps him get open for high percentage shots.
- Ahmed Hill (Augustus, Ga./ Aquinas), the 25th best prospect in the class of 2014 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, is having a sensational junior season and has been rewarded with offers from several big-time programs.
Hill, who scored his 2,000th point in his high school career on Feb. 7, sees the floor well and is an accomplished passer.
Hill has garnered interest from Alabama, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Marquette, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- Georgia Tech received a verbal commitment from senior three-star point guard Travis Jorgenson (Columbia, Mo./New Hampton School) on Feb. 11.