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Not a real shock but probably not the best news regarding Randle I would not think.
Only the timing is a shock. He'll be eligible somewhere second semester, next year, but by leaving as a freshman, unless the rule changed recently, he'll lose a year of eligibility.
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4 recent concussion at that age. Think he's done for good?
While there's more to the story than I could ever know from piecing together various reports, sounds like his college career is over. From what I remember, dude's pretty wealthy; I wouldn't be surprised if he left at semester to go to whatever school a good number of his buddies went to.
This makes Self's recent statements about recruiting 6 or 7 as well as his attitude towards a Lucas redshirt a lot more understandable. If he thinks Lucas has even some upside, it makes more sense to sit him this year when there is no chance that he'll make the floor than next year when Withey and Young are gone and Embiid is still raw. That is, of course, assuming you have the necessary scholarships to bring in elite guys in the spring, which Peters' leaving allows (as does Ben's near certain draft entry).
I don't think it's going to have any effect on Randle whatsoever. My understanding is that Randle's recruitment at this point is FAR more about Selden, Frankamp, and Greene than it ever was about Peters.
I wonder if we will see some lower ranked pf's pop up on the staffs radar now, with the addition of pushing for Randle.
I don't think this should come as a shock.
In fact, I honestly wouldn't be totally shocked if he's done for good.
Yeah, I suspect he's done for good. Decent potential a few years ago, but his class ranking was skewed because he was a year older than the rest of the class. As someone else pointed out, he's from a well-off family, which probably means it's time for him to stop playing sports and focus on academic endeavors.
While the staff covered their bases on this one, you have to wonder why they wasted their time on this kid? Took a flier on him?
At the end of the day, he's big, athletic, and talented. Trust me, the kid had the talent and size to be a legit All Big 12 player, he just couldn't put it together under the lights.
If there have been as many concussions as they're saying, then he has the means to get good treatment, get healthy, and move forward with his life.
The one question in my mind is that if he's ready to accept that he's done, and enjoyed KU as much as he says, why not stay as a student?
This is intriguing to me. Would you mind expanding more on this?
After reading that article on phog, I can't help but feel that Randle is a Texas lean right now...
I hope Peters does well in whatever he does, Remaining a student at KU would be cool, but understandable if he goes home. KU fans have been pretty hard on former players who don't succeed in the program...
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Sure thing. I think and have been led to believe that the "Peters as Randle's best friend" thing has been overblown for quite a while. Do they like each other? Sure, but they while they played in high school together, they didn't even play AAU together much. It's not even like Brannen Greene and Chris Walker where they like each other, but when their AAU team was disbanded the Greenes decided against Brannen playing for another Florida team - Peters and Randle live close to each other, they could easily have played AAU together every chance they had if Peters had wanted to.
On the other side of that, there are few players in USA Basketball and on the AAU circuit less well liked by other parents and opponents than Conner Frankamp and Wayne Selden, not to mention Brannen Greene. They are outstanding kids who comport themselves well both on and off the court. (Conversely, NO ONE likes the Harrison twins, though a lot of that is about their dad as much as it is about the kids, who are considered prima donnas.) Randle has said he wants to win, and he's also been pretty clear in the past about not liking some AAU players (specifically the Harrison twins, and I also think its not a coincidence that Wiggins "opened up his recruitment" right after the twins signed with his presumed leader). Randle likes all three of the big AAU guys we have signed a lot, and I've also heard he likes Embiid some. I can't give specifics, but I have long believed that Randle's decision going to come down to somewhere he's going to like the guys he gets to play with as much as he likes the staff and their ability to make him better. He's already pretty good, and in one year, he'd improve enough at any of his choices to maintain his high draft status (even as little as I think of Barnes). That's why the Texas guys have said (and I've echoed / said) that this will ultimately come down to Kansas or Texas, even while all the national guys were calling it a Duke-UNC battle. Florida is the wildcard because of his playing for Donovan, but I feel good about our chances and really think he winds up in the Big 12.
EDIT to clarify that Selden, Frankamp, and Greene are well liked, not disliked
This post was edited by Aaron Markowitz 17 months ago
Am I reading that right? You're saying not very many people on the AAU circuit like Frankcamp, Selden or Greene?
I phrased that poorly I think. There are few people on the AAU circuit less well liked by opponents and parents than Frankamp and Selden. Players all like Greene as well, though I've not specifically heard that parents do (can't imagine they don't, he's a good kid). All three are very good kids and are positives in our column in the pursuit of Julius Randle.
It reads as if they are not well liked by parents and opponents but I think it is just a typo. Saying that "Conversely, NO ONE likes the Harrison twins" makes me think that he meant that there are few players on the circuit more liked by parents and opponents.
Thanks for expanding on that Aaron! I appreciate it. I think it has to help us that we have 3-4 guys recruiting him meanwhile Texas doesn't have a commit or so helping them although he is supposed to be close with members on their current team.
Aaron meant that Conner Frankamp and Wayne Selden, not to mention Brannen Greene, are at the top of the list of players parents and opponents like in USA basketball and AAU.
I can vouch for this info. Conner and Wayne are two very popular kids. I think Brannen is pretty well-liked too.
This post was edited by Ryan Noel 17 months ago
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