Well, it looks like the street art mural, the red velvet cakes and the chants did the trick: in his latest USA Today blog, Julius Randle says that his visit to NC State was the best yet:
All in all, I’d have to say that this was my best visit so far. I had a ball at Kentucky, and yeah they had Drake and everything, but this visit just had a lot more going on.
“And yeah they had Drake and everything?” Hmmm. Thankfully, USA Today’s Jason Jordan also has a piece that downplays the effects the VIP treatment recruits get on their visits has on their decisions. In it, Tyus Jones, the #1 player in 2014, says that during his visit to Kentucky, he focused more on the play on the court than the royal treatment he received:
“I am constantly watching,” Jones said. “When I was at Kentucky a few weeks back I was definitely watching Ryan (Harrow) closely. I see things that most people wouldn’t catch. I have to. I want to make the best decision possible, so I’m pretty serious about it.”
Cakes, murals and cheers may be nice, but they’re not National Championship banners or NBA paychecks, boys.