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John Calipari's bling impressive to No. 1 recruit Julius Randle

Julius Randle is hosting a who's who of college coaches this week.


12:38 PM, Sep. 10, 2012 EDT

Kentucky coach John Calipari wore his championship ring to his in-home visit with No. 1 recruit Julius Randle on Sunday. / US PRESSWIRE

Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle, the No. 1 player in the Rivals150, has given USA TODAY High School Sports exclusive access into his world. Randle is allowing us to be the “fly on the wall” for the conversation between him and his inner circle once the college coaches recruiting him step away from their in-home visits. This week he’s hosting N.C. State, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas. We'll have a full report once all the visits conclude after Sept. 22, but here’s a teaser in the meantime.

MCKINNEY, Texas – As if it wasn’t tough enough for the other nine schools that are going head-to-head with Kentucky coach John Calipari trying to land Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle, the reigning national champion coach brought the ultimate prop along for his in-home visit with Randle and his mother Carolyn Kyles Sunday evening.

“He was rocking that championship ring,” Randle said. “It was nice! Real nice.”

Kyles joked that she noticed that Calipari used a substantial amount of hand motions to accentuate the bling he and the Wildcats won in April.

“You couldn’t help but notice all those diamonds,” Kyles said. “It was just blinding. That thing was impressive. And it’s something that they just won so it was nice and shiny.”

That begs the question: Will Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski whip out one of his player's gold medals that he led them to last month coaching Team USA in the Olympics when he visits Randle and Kyles Tuesday?

“Ya know that’s a great question,” Randle said. “I’d love to see it.”

Added Kyles: “Oh yeah that would be nice to see.”

Jason Jordan is a High School Sports reporter for USA TODAY. He can be reached at jcjordan@usatoday.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayUSATODAY

 

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