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Zags has the staff watching Randle this weekend and him planning a Dcember official.
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I would assume he will likely be coming up for the Colorado game then? I wish the staff could have held out for a Big 12 game to bring him in.
I actually prefer recruits come to NON big games both at KU and at other schools because THAT is where our crowd is really different. Texas gets big crowds for games against Oklahoma and Kansas, but not for Oregon State or Sam Houston State. Same for Florida for Kentucky and Tennessee, but not for Jacksonville State. Conversely, we get huge crowds for Colorado, San Jose State, and American University, as well as the big time opponents.
The visit will play a big role imo. We'd have our shot to put ourselves up there with UF, UK & Texas.
Looks like he's coming the weekend of the 28-30 per Zags. Texas the 15-16 and NC State January 26th.
Yeah, I don't think the timing could possibly be worse for us. No students. Terrible opponent. Yikes. Hope the staff picked the date for a particular reason.
Randle ended up fracturing his foot and is out 3 months now. This will play big in his recruitment because the staff would have had a great opportunity to hunker down and make appearances at alot of his games. We will see if this changes the complexion of this recruitment. Texas seems to be slowly taking some serious momentum.
I don't understand how anyone with Randle's skill sets would want to play with Texas. KU is a know entity that runs their offense through the bigs and certainly Randle would be the feature player. Barnes is struggling with a young team and seems to have difficulty getting their attention.
If Randle has been watching the past few years with the Twins, TRob and Withey... how could he even consider Barnes and Texas. I could see Ohio St. or Georgetown as serious contenders...
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Florida has a decent bid with him as well since they've had a number of strong bigs in the last decade. I think we didn't recruit wonderfully because Danny was here, but I think his being gone is working against us now. Also, even for a guy as good as Randle, you have to wonder if he sees Perry Ellis and Self's proclivity for playing less talented, more experienced players ahead of younger, more talented ones and wonder if, if you came to Kansas, if you'd even start. I'm not saying that I would start Ellis over Randle, or even that Self would, but our history does make me pause on that front.
I think if Ellis can put on 20 pounds of muscle before next season, then he might start over freshman Randle... But if he is pushed around as easily as he is right now, I don't see him as a starter...
In the article on the phog he mentions how he's playing faceup, driving and able to hit open shooters. With Greene, Frankcamp, Bmac? White... camped on the three point line... That's gotta be a bit of what he's envisioning as his role.
That's exactly the worry I have - if I am Randle, I look at Ellis as a major threat if he puts on the muscle and work a year into the program so many previous guys have done.
I'm not sure Randle sees himself as a wing so much as a "face up four." Texas can point to Durant for the comparison, but we have a lot of history with guys like Marcus (and Markieff to a lesser extent), Arthur ("worst shot in basketball" in the title game), and TRob. I honestly don't think there is a better fit offensively than our high low for Randle's game or desire to play outside and some in. He'd be excellent as the trailer (the swing it to Markieff so he can jack the three spot) in our offense.
Not a chance. Randle starts 100 times out of 100. I like Ellis, but Randle is on another planet in terms of game, ability, size, athleticism, etc.
If you bring Randle in, you start him from day 1. You may start Ellis next to him, but there's zero chance of Randle sitting the bench to start (outside of behavioral, injury, or punishment issues).
I have to counter here. Perry Ellis is nowhere near the player Julius Randle is. There isn't enough muscle available and hoping someone puts on 20 pounds of muscle seems unrealistic.
If anyone is concerned, it is Ellis and not Randle.
I'm confused - what does this mean?
Jerry's saying that if either Ellis or Randle is concerned about playing time (or starting) in the event that Randle does his one-year sentence at Kansas, it's Ellis NOT Randle who is (or should be) concerned.
I vote for Randle to play along side Perry. Our offense basically runs with two 4's anyway. Bill would only have to tweak the defense since we wouldn't have a true "big man" down there until Embiid or Lucas subs in.
Randle is not concerned about playing behind Ellis. It would be the other way around.
Julius Randle is plenty capable of defending the five in college. Would be the best low post defender on team. Stronger and more athletic than any of the other candidates on Kansas' team.
Ah, gotcha (and I see the others above got the reference too). Thanks, Jerry.
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