Julius Randle, a top UK recruiting target and one of the best seniors in the country, will miss three months with a fractured foot, according to USA Today.
Randle was injured Saturday at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. UK assistant Kenny Payne made the trip to Texas to see Randle, a 6-foot-8 power forward ranked No. 2 in his class by Rivals.com.
“He’ll be ready for the postseason all-star games if not sooner,” Randle’s godfather, Jeff Webster, told USA Today. “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.”
Randle has already made official visits to Kentucky and Florida. He had planned to visit Texas, N.C. State and Kansas in the coming months. Oklahoma is also on his list. He’s not expected to make a college decision until the spring.
Randle had 27 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in his season opener for Prestonwood Christian on Friday night. Prestonwood was No. 14 in USA Today’s first national high school rankings released last week. The Lions have matchups scheduled against No. 3 Simeon High (Jabari Parker), No. 12 Archbishop Mitty (Aaron Gordon) and a possible game against No. 6 Montverde Academy (Dakari Johnson). It’s unlikely Randle will play in any of those contests.