For much of the summer there has been debate on who the best player in high school basketball is. The question has been: is it Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or the bull in a china shop, Julius Randle. When watching Randle, it isn’t difficult to see why the burly Texan is in the discussion.
The nation’s top power forward rattled the famed Venice Beach rims as he took home the Elite 24 dunk championship. Randle then proceeded to pour in 27 points on an extremely efficient 13/14 from the field during the Elite 24 game itself.
The highly coveted recruit has slimmed down since his freshman year, but the big man says he doesn’t even lift weights; he simply does some conditioning work. One thing is for sure: while he’s already got a college-ready body, once Randle hits the weight room and gets into a college strength program, he truly will be able to bull his way through most college defenders.
During his busy weekend in California, Randle spoke with BDN about his summer and Coach K, among other topics.
BlueDevilNation: This is your second trip to the Elite 24. You’re one of the senior guys now. It’s definitely a nice accomplishment. How has your experience been so far?
Julius Randle: Oh yeah, it’s been great. It’s the second time I’ve been here so I know a little of what to expect. It’s always fun just to come out here. It’s an honor. It’s great to relax and the game is really fun and something I definitely enjoy.
BDN: How was playing with the pro’s?
JR: Oh it was cool, you know. The scrimmage wasn’t too intense, but, you know, just being on the court with those guys you still can always learn something from those guys, so that’s always cool.
BDN: Earlier this summer you had a pretty difficult matchup with Andrew Wiggins. Can you talk a little bit about that matchup you had?
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