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Julius Randle goes shopping before making college decision

Julius Randle picks out hats for his announcement ceremony. / Jason Jordan

Our own Jason Jordan is hanging out with Julius Randle, the No. 2 basketball recruit in the class of 2013, who will announce his college decision on Wednesday. Here's an inside look at the buildup to the big announcement.

DALLAS – When Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle ends his recruitment and announces his college decision on Wednesday (1 p.m. EST, ESPNU), he won't one-up Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes in the originality department.

In 2010, Barnes Skyped North Carolina coach Roy Williams live on national TV to inform him that he would be coming to Chapel Hill.

Where Randle -- who is ranked No. 2 in the Rivals150 and set to decide between Kansas, Kentucky, Florida and Texas -- will undoubtedly outdo Barnes is in the fashion department.

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Randle spent Monday evening shopping for the finishing touches to his outfit for Wednesday.

The pièce de résistance?

A colorful belt from Burberry that his mom Carolyn Kyles bought.

“I’ll be glad when he’s making his own money,” Kyles said with a laugh. “But I say, 'Hey it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, why not, ya know?' He’s definitely gonna be looking good. He’ll have that LeBron (James) look.”

Randle shot his mom an incredulous smile and shook his head.

“Oh no,” Randle said. “I’ve got my own style. I put this together. This is the easy part.”

The hard part will be choosing a school.

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After leaving Burberry, Randle stopped at Lids and picked out fitted caps with the logos of his four finalists. The hats will be lined up on a table in front of Randle during Wednesday's ceremony at Prestonwood Christian.

When Randle walked into Foot Locker, he was bombarded by a handful of employees and shoppers who wanted to know which hat he'll ultimately wear.

“Come on man,” one employee said. “You can tell us.”

“Not even a hint?” the other employee pleaded. “A little one?”

Randle smiled and shook his head.

“I’ve gotta think on some things,” Randle said. “Just gotta wait and see. It won’t be long.”

And so the wait continues.

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