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.