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Randle added to McDonald’s All-American Game

 Posted by at 10:48 AM on March 6, 2013  Add comments
Mar 062013
 
UK recruit Julius Randle was named a McDonald's All-American on Wednesday despite missing nearly all of this season with a broken foot. PHOTO: The Shiver

UK recruit Julius Randle was named a McDonald’s All-American on Wednesday despite missing nearly all of this season with a broken foot.
PHOTO: The Shiver

UK recruit Julius Randle was a late addition to the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday.

Randle, who missed almost all of his senior campaign after suffering a broken foot in the second game of season, returned to the court last month and led his team to a state championship over the weekend.

McDonald’s guidelines state that a player must play in at least half of his games to be eligible for the all-star event, but the 6-foot-8 power forward was awarded a spot Wednesday.

“As promised, we’ve been closely monitoring Randle’s play since his return to the court in February, and it’s been an inspiring return to watch,” game officials said in a statement. “Randle has not only proven that he is capable of competing at the highest level, but truly deserving of the title McDonald’s All American.”

Randle is only the third player to be added to the game late, joining Derrick Whittenberg (1979) and Sam Perkins (1980).

“I’m so happy right now, it’s a great feeling because this is something that I’ve always dreamed of,” Randle told USA Today. “I wasn’t sure if it was gonna happen or not, but now that it has I’m just so blessed. It’s an honor.”

Randle will compete for the East team, which also includes UK commitment Dakari Johnson and fellow UK recruit Andrew Wiggins. UK signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and UK recruit Aaron Gordon will play for the West team.

The game will played April 3 in Chicago.

Randle plans to announce his college decision March 20. He has narrowed his list of schools to Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, N.C. State, Florida and Oklahoma.

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  3 Responses to “Randle added to McDonald’s All-American Game”

  1. There are a lot of UK fans that think Randle is coming to UK and I hope he does but I believe its coming down to UK and Kansas and I just dont know who may choose. Playing for Cal or Self is a no lose situation and being a one and done doesnt mean anything that will affect his decision since he will be a very high lottery choice regardless of where he goes. The advantage I give Kansas is that its closer to hom e than KY and so his mom would be able to see him play more often.

  2. reply to UKSINCEBIRTH:
    The advantage I give UK is: His Mom will be able to watch him play more often on National Television, and he will be playing with the most talented and single minded team, embraced by the most dedicated fans, developed by the highest quality coaching staff, and win the National Title at UK.

  3. Would love to see Julius Randle play for Kentucky , but it is true that Bill Self is a great coach as well . This kid is in a no lose situation so i hope he does what is best for him . Both programs are great and elite , Coach Cal or Bill Self , very hard decision for this young man , but i wish him well on what evere school he chooses .

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