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Williams one-ups Calipari at in-home visit with Julius Randle

UNC basketball coach shows off a full case of rings


2:43 PM, Sep. 11, 2012 EDT

North Carolina coach Roy Williams brought a case of rings to his in-home visit with top prospect Julius Randle.

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 another teaser in the meantime.

MCKINNEY, Texas – Kentucky coach John Calipari brought the "wow" factor on the first day of Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle's in-home visits, whipping out his 2012 national championship ring.

Well, after our report of Randle and his mother Carolyn Kyles being wildly impressed with Calipari's bling, North Carolina coach Roy Williams came prepared to one-up Calipari.

"More like 31-up," Randle said.

During his presentation Tuesday night, Williams opened a case of 30 rings -- everything from conference titles to Final Four berths to national titles -- that he'd collected over the years.

MORE: The bling-filled recruitment of Julius Randle

"When coach Williams opened the case you almost couldn't look directly in it for fear of going blind," Randle joked. "It was crazy."

Added Kyles: "Yeah, coach Williams was ready for coach Cal with those rings. He got him there."

Once he'd achieved the wide-eyed reaction he hoped for, Williams added the exclamation point, reaching into his pocket and pulling out Michael Jordan's 1992 NBA championship ring he won with the Chicago Bulls.

"He said Jordan gave it to him to show his players what they could achieve with hard work and determination," Randle said. "I was just shocked. I couldn't believe I was holding Jordan's ring."

When asked if Jordan's ring was better than Calipari's, Randle frowned up, did a double-take and said, "Come on now. It's Jordan. No comparison."

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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