Julius Randle will be sidelined for the next three months with a fractured right foot, according to his mother Carolyn Kyles.
Randle, a senior forward at Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) and a preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection, suffered the injury in the first half of the Lions’ game against Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest on Nov. 24. Prestonwood, which is ranked No. 14 in the Super 25, was up 10 when Randle left with the injury. They ended up falling 58-48.
Randle, who is ranked No. 2 in the Rivals150, will undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon.
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“It’s a minor setback, but Julius is a fighter,” Kyles said. “We’ve already begun to set up rehabilitation for him and he’s a naturally a little down now, but he’ll be back before you know it. We’re just staying positive about everything. We know he’ll come back stronger than ever.”
It’s the second major injury the Lions have faced this season.
Forward Mickey Mitchell, a consensus top five player in the 2015 class, suffered a torn ACL on Nov. 2 while playing quarterback on the Lions’ football team and is expected to miss the entire season.
Randle, who will decide between Kentucky, N.C. State, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, could “potentially” return toward the end of the season, depending on whether the Lions make the playoffs, according to Randle’s godfather Jeff Webster.
“He’ll be ready for the postseason all-star games if not sooner,” Webster said. “It’s all a part of the game. These things happen. Now the hard work begins, and it’s a challenge for him. The doctor says three months, but he’s the type of player that will work hard to be ready before that. We’re not rushing anything, but we’ve got work to do.”
Kyles said she's ready to help Randle return to the court.
“We're doing this story now and then we’re shutting things down," added Kyles. "We’re not doing interviews or anything like that. We’re just 100 percent focused on the task at hand.”
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