It's in the nature of the nation's top college basketball and football recruits to be both brash about their personal talent and open about their interest in playing at the country's top schools. That being said, it seems young Julius Randle is taking the leeway provided such prospects to an extreme.
As pointed out by the Dallas Morning News, the Prestonwood (Texas) High superstar rising junior has openly put himself in the shop window for just about every top notch college hoops program in the country.
Kentucky? Yup, Randle pumped up that program to the Lexington Herald Leader. North Carolina? A story from Inside Carolina makes that perfectly clear. Duke? Ditto, courtesy Devils Illustrated. Ohio State? The Buckeyes earned a national media plug, courtesy of Fox Sports.
So, where does Randle really want to go? That's anyone's guess. Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-8 power forward as the number two overall prospect in the Class of 2013, and at least one national analyst has grouped Randle into a separate category comprised of three players whom he calls truly "special."
All of that means that Randle can go to school absolutely anywhere he wants, a sentiment which is backed up by the early scholarship offers sent his way by the likes of Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Missouri, Baylor and Oklahoma.
Of course, that means there is probably plenty of more melodrama to follow, all of which may make Randle's eventual ascendancy into the national sports consciousness a perfect case study in how one of the most ballyhooed prospects handles the machinations of the national hype machine for multiple years.