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How You Proved Yourself: Hoops phenom Julius Randle shares his defining moment

Julius Randle proved himself at the Peach Jam. / 247Sports

Every athlete has experienced a moment when their teammates and peers knew they were a force to be reckoned with. Twice a week we’ll let high school athletes dish on the moment when they proved they belonged. Share your "Prove Yourself" moment and you'll be entered for a chance to win an iPad.

This week we caught up with Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle, who is ranked No. 2 in the Rivals150.

When was your defining moment?

“It was the summer after my sophomore year when I was playing at the Peach Jam. I was the second leading scorer that summer. I remember the last game of the tournament we played a loaded Memphis YOMCA squad, and I had 30 points and 15 rebounds.”

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Can you remember how you felt coming into that game?

“I definitely wanted to go out there and dominate. I just wanted to keep making a name for myself, but I knew that this was a game that I could really get my name out there even more.”

What did it feel like to start making those shots?

“I felt like I couldn’t miss for a few stretches. I was really anxious to win that game. I wanted to go even harder every play.”

What was the reception like from your teammates and fans after that game?

“Everyone was coming up to me telling me how great I was. I wasn’t ready for all that. The coach from YOMCA told me I was the best player in the country, regardless of class. I was shocked at that. It was big for me to hear that.”

In hindsight was this the moment that changed your mindset from thinking you could be dominant to knowing it?

“Definitely, I think something just clicked. I just took a mindset like I wanted to be the best player on the court at all times from then on and that’s stuck with me. It’s definitely the thing that helps me dominate.”  

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