Back in late November, on the very day Julius Randle learned he’d be sidelined for three months after fracturing his foot during the second game of the season, Randle, a senior forward at Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), was sure about one thing.
“It won’t take three months for me to be back,” said Randle, a preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection who is ranked No. 2 in the Rivals150. “That’s a promise.”
He was right.
According to his mother, Carolyn Kyles, Randle will suit up for the Lions Friday in their final district game against Bishop Lynch (Dallas).
Currently the Lions are sitting at fourth in the TAPPS 5A. The top six teams make the playoffs.
“He’s coming back,” Kyles said. “He’s really excited. He’s been doing really well in rehab and he’s been full-contact in practice all week. The coaches are saying that he’s looking like he’s on his way to being the old Julius and even better. They’re saying it’s looking great.”
Florida coach Billy Donovan was at Prestonwood watching Randle on Wednesday and Kyles said Donovan couldn’t contain his excitement with what he was seeing from Randle, who is considering the Gators along with Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, N.C. State and Texas.
“Coach Donovan said he was in there trying to tear the rim off,” Kyles said. “He was excited. I know he’s just happy to be back on the court. I’m proud of him because he didn’t rush it. He probably could’ve come back before now, but he was really mature and waited for the doctor’s OK.”
Kyles said that the plan is for Randle to play sparingly.
“Just a few minutes a quarter,” she said. “He’s excited. It’s senior night and this is what he loves to do. I’m just really happy for him.”
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