After originally being ruled ineligible due to injury, Julius Randle has been added to the McDonald’s All-American game. When the rosters were first released in mid-February, Randle was on the cusp of returning from a foot fracture that had held him out all season. Randle and his family discussed the possibility of being added to the roster with officials, who said if Julius was healthy enough to play at a high level by the time the game came around, they would add him.
Since returning to action, Randle has averaged 28.8 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks over five games. In the Texas state Final Four, he averaged 32.5 points and 15.5 rebounds, which was enough for McDonald’s All-American officials to name him the game’s 25th player.
Randle, who will suit up for the East Team (which includes Dakari Johnson and Andrew Wiggins), told USA Today’s Jason Jordan that he feels blessed:
“I’m so happy right now, it’s a great feeling because this is something that I’ve always dreamed of. 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.”
The McDonald’s All-American game takes place on April 3rd. As for Randle, he’ll announce his college decision on March 20th at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.