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Country's top hoops recruit narrows list of schools

Julius Randle cuts Duke and UNC from his final six


4:35 PM, Oct. 02, 2012 EDT

We profiled Julius Randle during his in-home visits last month. Here's an update on the elite recruit.

Three weeks ago during his in-home visits, Julius Randle received what he called “some of the best advice” he’s gotten since his recruiting process started.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams told Randle, a forward at Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), “to be upfront with the schools” that he’s not considering as strongly “so they can move on.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Randle, the top-ranked player in the Rivals150, took that advice and named his top six schools: Kentucky, N.C. State, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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The list was leaked via the Prestonwood Christian athletics Twitter account.

Duke, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Baylor didn’t make the cut.

“This isn’t the way that Julius wanted to put the list out,” Randle's mother Carolyn Kyles said. “He wanted to do it himself, but this is his new list. It’s true.”

Kyles said Randle heeded Williams’ advice about “not stringing schools along.”

“Julius just wanted to go ahead and cut it down,” Kyles said. “Some people may be surprised about the list, but it’s 100 percent his decision and I support him. He’s given it a lot of thought, and we’re happy with his list.”

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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