October 18, 2010

Randle eyeing the Buckeyes

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Only 15 players have been ranked for 2013 to this point. Julius Randle is one of the them and will make his case for the top spot between now and the final rankings for his class.

Randle is an extremely talented and sought-after big man who has it all. In the age of the hybrid power forward, the 6-foot-8, 235-pounder is exactly that; a big man who can play inside and out. While his recruitment is in the very early stages, one Big Ten school sticks out for the No. 3 ranked prospect.

"Yes sir I'm interested in Ohio State," Randle said. "Actually I have not been up for a visit. I've been to Ohio for a visit but I've not been to Ohio State, but sometime this year I'm trying to plan to go up there for a visit and check out the campus; it's a great school."

When it comes down to a decision, one of the main considerations will be the coaching staff and his relationship with them. Getting prepared for life both on and off the court is important to Randle, and according to him, the Ohio State staff has left a good impression thus far.

"Coaching staffs are really a big deal to me and just talking to Thad Matta and Coach Boals, I really like both of those coaches. They're really lively guys and they always bring energy to the conversation when you're talking to them. You can tell they really know how to use their players."

"Ohio State this past year was a really good team and they let their players play. I really like the tradition and even though it's been labeled as a football school, their fans are always behind you, and I like that," he said.

Getting on campus and feeling out the fans, coaches, and players in person will go a long with Randle and there aren't many fan bases in the country better than Ohio State. In terms of a visit date, the Plano, Tex-native didn't offer one up as those plans are still in the works, but he did break down his game, as well as the aspects he has focused on throughout the summer and early fall.

"I've been working on conditioning and just the versatility of my game as far as having the whole package, just off the dribble, pull up and spot up jumpers. I'm really working hard at becoming a really good defensive player and taking the challenge of guarding the best player. Just making my game complete and having the whole package as a player.

My strength is my versatility. I can play in the post and I can play on the perimeter. It's kind of hard for people to match up with me, especially other big guys who are just used to playing and guarding in the post."

Buckeye fans should keep a close eye on Randle for the next two years as he is sure to make some noise on the national scene. Thad Matta and his staff will remain in close pursuit of Randle's services until his is ready to make his decision.

The Ohio State staff has had success with the big men over the years, giving them a fighting chance to land the talented big man, along with Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas, and many more.


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