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Julius Randle drops Duke and UNC from list

The recruiting news just doesn’t stop! According to his high school’s Twitter page, Julius Randle has eliminated Duke and UNC from his list, leaving Kentucky, NC State, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma:

Guess that box of thirty rings wasn’t that impressive after all.

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63 Comments for Julius Randle drops Duke and UNC from list



  1. Rambo
    3:52 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, all those Olympic medals an rings! Bye Bye!



  2. Cats R Back
    3:54 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s all happening…



  3. Riggs
    3:54 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why would anybody be impressed by dirty rings?



  4. Shawn
    3:55 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Id say our toughest competition just got eliminated. Wasnt Randle considered a Duke lean at one point?



  5. Shawn
    3:57 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #2 – Nice “Almost Famous” reference.



  6. Musehobo
    3:57 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why wouldn’t the kid be impressed with a bunch of conference championship rings?



  7. aCATSfan21
    3:59 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    This is great news! It feels like all the pieces are falling into place. The fact that Duke and UNC are not getting a lot of top recruits to seriously look at them is even better! Now if he would only take Florida off of that list we will be in even better position!



  8. Rambo
    4:00 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Cal’s bling from his “Championship Ring” must be brighter!



  9. Big Blue 66
    4:06 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I like UK being mentioned first



  10. UK Fan
    4:07 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Randel doesn’t want to play for dirty programs.



  11. AWAT
    4:09 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I believe Wiggins and Randle are locks



  12. groface_killah
    4:10 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    props to drake for the Sheffield Wednesday jacket



  13. checkmyswag
    4:13 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    So are all these guys just planning on dropping the news at once or something? Nice hoodie!



  14. blueblue
    4:16 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Would love to see all the top recruits attend BigBlue Madness and all committ at the same time.



  15. Adam
    4:17 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Get ready, folks. The 40-0 season is close.

    Randle
    Wiggins
    Harrison
    Harrison
    Young
    Lee
    Willis
    (anyone else from the ’12’-13 season who wants to stick around for the party)



  16. Will S
    4:19 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Not shocked that he dropped Duke, but definitely shocked he dropped UNC. He’s gotta be a UK lean now, if not a lock.

    7) We already have Matt Jones and Semi Ojeleye signed, plus 5* Rodney Hood waiting to come off his transfer sit-out season. Also co-leading with Mich St. for Jabari Parker. What do you mean Duke doesn’t attract high level recruits? And UNC already has Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks…



  17. schwing
    4:20 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool @ cryin’ roy. desperation shows, old man.



  18. emlang08
    4:25 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Should be clear that Duke and UNC were removed with the potential for sanctions in the near future, especially since Mark Emmerts recent commments!



  19. Dave
    4:27 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Dirty programs. This coming from a coach who’s schools have been under sanctions twice. That bling from ONE ring must out shine TWO from Roy. Don’t think so! Must have gotten paid more at Kentucky!!!!!



  20. David
    4:29 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    First off there were 2 national championships in that box as well second we already had a a top 4 locked up being deep does have disadvantages and would everyone stop calling UNC bball program dirty it’s the dag on football program… But honestly I believe 2014 is UNC’s yr the players offered already are very heavy UNC leans but lets be real college bball comes in cycles right now it’s ky I am gla they are back I think the series with UNC is te best by far… Besides UNC ky and ku all share the same bball lineage I root for the latter 2 as long as they aren’t playing th heels I do see ky having a monster class dang will be hard to beat that starting five smh kudos to cal



  21. theSkinny81
    4:33 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    20 – okay, now, one more time in English….



  22. ROBB1
    4:37 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    IT REALLY IS A SHAME IN THIS POP CULTURE OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING THAT THE ATHLETES ARE NOW FOCUSING MORE ON WHAT CONCERT THE RECRUITING COACH ATTENDS; OR THE FACT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THESE ATHLETE’S DREAM IS TO PLAY IN THE NBA; BUT THEIR JUDGEMENTS BECOME CLOUDED AS TO EXPERIENCING COLLEGE & ACADEMICS! I MEAN CYNICS MAY SAY ALL THE BIG TIME COLLEGES CHEAT IN RECRUITING; BUT THAT REALLY ISN’T TRUE, & IT DOES SEEM UNFAIR THAT A COACH WHOM EVERYWHERE HE’S EVER COACHED AFTERWARDS HAS HAD NCAA VIOLATIONS; BUT THERE’S NEVER A PENALTY AGAINST THE COACH HIMSELF!!!!! BUT NOW HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE A GURU? COACH WILLIAMS IS A GREAT COLLEGE COACH FOR THIS REASON: HE DOESN’T CHEAT! HE’S NOT CONCERNED WITH BEING THE HIGHEST PAID, HE TAKES A KNOCK THAT HIS TEAMS ARE SOFT BECAUSE HE HAS PLAYING WITHIN THE CONFINES OF GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP; IN CONTROL OF THEIR EMOTIONS; THE UNC PROGRAM WILL DEFINATELY SURVIVE & I DARE SAY THRIVE AS WE’VE DONE THESE PAST 50 YEARS; THAT’S WHY ESPN DUBBED OUR PROGRAM #1, J RANDLE WILL BE A STUD; THAT’S A FACT, BUT IT’S UNFORTUNATE HE LEANED AWAY FROM THE PROGRAM THAT IN HIS HEART HE KNOWS HE TRULLY WANTS TO BE APART OF!



  23. Will S
    4:39 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Duke, UNC, UK, or UL fan– you have to respect Cal. The guy flat-out gets it done on the recruiting trail. I’m also glad UK is back. The decade when they were horrible just wasn’t good for basketball. It was weird seeing them lose like that. Duke, UK, UNC, KU all belong on top of the basketball world… maybe even IU.



  24. Mrs. Patterson
    4:44 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    ROBB1 – will you repeat your comment, I couldn’t quite hear you. Or maybe you were just speaking from so deep in Julius Randle’s heart that it came out muffled.



  25. gog8ors
    4:44 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The top teams at this point for Randle are Texas, UK, and Florida. If the rumors are half-way true that he doesn’t want to play with the Harrison twins, the timing of his official visit to Florida this weekend couldn’t be better for Florida. Don’t count out the Gators, Donovan has already coached Randle this summer in the USA U18 games and won the gold medal with Randle as his top scorer. Go Gators!



  26. Logic
    4:45 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Is there any doubt, whatsoever, that Cal and/or UK boosters are paying their players?



  27. David
    4:45 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry I am using an iPhone with a broken face to paraphrase… We already have the #2 power forward locked up Joel James and Bryce Johnson and we are very deep on the perimeter disadvantages to being a deep team… Also said UNC’s bball program is t dirty it’s the football program… Lastly that recruiting comes in cycles right now ky and cal are the it thing pretty soon it will be another Indiana perhaps? But don’t kid urselves Carolina and dook will get their fair share of top notch recruits… Especially Carolina the recruits offered are very heavy UNC leans… That better



  28. David
    4:48 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The recruits offered in 2014 are very heavy leans is what I meant



  29. DukeFan#1
    4:51 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    2014 Duke will get Tyus Jones (#1 PG), Jahlil Okafor (#1 C), and Theo Pinson (#2 SF). #7 you are an idiot sir.



  30. bosshogg24
    4:55 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The good days are over for UNC and dUKe, they will never be the same in the future!Lexington is the Epicenter of basketball! Some of those rings that Roy had were Fire Department Championships!



  31. bosshogg24
    4:58 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #29 you don’t know that Duke will get Jones or Okafor, you are hoping!



  32. .
    5:09 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    25, They have said their is zero truth to the rumor that they do not want to play together. They have actually said they would enjoy playing together.



  33. .
    5:09 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    there



  34. AcatsFAN21
    5:14 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    And #29… we all know how the ELITE recruits have worked out against UNC the past 3 years… And UNC is not even on the radar until Hicks…who is on the outside looking in on the ELITE category barely in the Top 20 on most sites. Ok Duke won 2 years ago but what happened last year and you’re stars are Kelly, the Plumlees and ??? And if you all don’t get Parker then you don’t have a guy in the Top 30! Jones and Ogeleye are way outside of ELITE… Which is what my comment is about (“top recruits”) and you’re the idiot arguing for a 2014 class that isn’t concrete and especially when the 2012 teams havent even started PRACTICE (A.I. Voice)!?!



  35. TampaCat
    5:16 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Randle, nice jacket you have on in the picture above! Hope it keeps you warm this upcoming season. BBN.



  36. JustSayin
    5:17 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #26, i’d say there is doubt since in Cal’s entire career he’s never even been accused of paying a player. Based on the evidence is there any doubt that he is NOT paying players. As far as UK boosters, again, no proof anything is going on since Cal arrived.



  37. aCATSfan21
    5:20 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    And……..#29 Calipari has 3 of the Top 15 this year…UNC and Duke have a whopping 3 of the Top 35 (combined). But I’m am idiot. Maybe P.J. Hairston and Quinn Cook will prove me wrong.



  38. AcatsFAN21
    5:27 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    29…one more thing. Shabazz burned you; Tony Parker burned you; Julius Randle just burned you. These are the top recruits I spoke of. Not Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson (who only went to Duke because UK was full this year). Good luck in ’14 buddy.



  39. STEVE!
    5:29 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    22 – I believe Roy left Kansas on probation when he left due to the fabulous parting gifts they gave their players when they completed their eligibility. Kansas was still on probation when they won the NCAA Tournament a few years back. He might also lose one or both of those UNC championship rings if the academic fraud situation in Chapel Hill reveals he used ineligible players during those runs.

    26 – Why would you slander a group of high school kids and their parents that you have never met? I feel sorry for your kids, if you have any.



  40. David
    6:00 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    First there is no need for people to get mean on here… Second I’m sorry pj and mcadoo were both top 15 players hicks is elite all the sights give him 5 stars and I wasn’t arguing for a class I was just giving an opinion as to what may be coming in 2014 it’s an opinion and I’m entitled to it I would never call u an idiot for ur opinion on a blog sight so was that even needed?



  41. DCS195
    6:08 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #26. Yeah, that’s right there is NO other reason a top recruit would want to play for Cal at UK after the sorry job he has done the last 3 years.



  42. Axe Cop
    6:11 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Actually the list was narrowed to two: Kentucky and everyone else.

    22. I couldn’t read more than a handful of your post (lay off the caps lock you knucklehead) but apparently you don’t understand marketing at all. Kentucky is all about the flash. Embrace it or be an IU fan.



  43. David
    6:14 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Ky as long as cal is coaching will be on top or close to it no doubt but… UNC dook ku ucla Indiana heck even ncstate Louisville uconn I hope George Town Florida all these schools will continue to get top talent remember just because the kid is a top 5 doesn’t mean he pans out… But to say good times are over on tabbacco road is just wishful thinking while I think coach k does and dook have lost some luster it’s still dook UNC and ole Roy never panics trust there is a reason he has 2 championships I wish ky all the best but don’t count chicks before they hat h randle really likes ncstate as well something g is brewing in wolfpack land and I’m glad to see them back as well been wwwwaaaayyy to long



  44. Badams
    6:46 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty sure Roy Williams left KU and they were put on probation, violations he has on his resume. We also see what is being covered up in academics there at UNC. Williams, unlike Calipari, actually has violations. As for Coach K, Corey Maggette situation was ignored and we all see what is goin on with Lance Thomas. So to any fans callin out our coach, stop throwin stones in glass houses. There is no denying what Cal has done in 3 years at UK and no denying his ability to develop players. I think it’s funny though Duke fan thinks Tyus Jones is a lock. Do you not see Cals track record with #1 pgs? As for the commits you have, Matt Jones isn’t top 10, no clue who the other guy is. If Wiggins reclassifies, UK could end up with half of the top 10 and another #1 recruiting class…5 in a row I might add. Not many recruits are choosing UNC and Duke over us, not if Cal has a real interest in them. UK is king right now and it’s not changin anytime soon.



  45. UNC 4LIFE
    7:30 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Its hard to compete with a salary, UK will fall with with Coach Cal.got the nerves to call us dirty.



  46. Cd
    7:34 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    First off let me begin by saying I am an avid duke fan. I’ve been raised here in North Carolina and with that, I love college basketball. But naturally I HATE Kentucky every single thing about it. If the school burned down tommorow I’d probably throw a party. It’s a hate I was born with and will most likely always carry. I dislike coach Cal as well. I think he’s dirty and a liar. But whether or not that’s true, I have to admit that i am ecstatic about the return of Kentucky.what Cal has done at a school with the lineage of blue bloods is absolutely remarkable. College basketball has its true kings and Kentucky belongs up there with the rest of us. A resurgent Kentucky means an awesome basketball season year in and year out. It’s time for CBBS biggest names to once again win titles year in and year out. (Indiana, Duke, Unc, Kentucky, UNLV, Arizona, UCLA, Florida, nc State etc.) if Kentucky is the team to lead the charge then that’s fine with me. A few decades ago it was Duke on top of the CBB world. Now a new(revived) powerhouse has arisen and quite frankly it’s exciting. With that said we will see you in November BBN. And don’t expect a team full of upperclassmen who know how to play as a team to back down from a group of highly talented teens that like to freestyle around the court.

    Bleed Duke Blue.



  47. UNC 4LIFE
    7:37 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Ol’Roy never had a program on probation, and all the problems UNC had was football, im glad UK finally got a ring in this decade, catch up and win more if u can. To busy saying that we are dirty that NCAA cloud is moving towards Lexington. It will sneak up on u, like it did our football team. If the kid choose UK fine, i wont matter and dont get your feelings hurt when CHAPEL HILL AND OL’ROY IS IS THE STARS FOR ONE SHINING MOMENT VIDEO NEXT YEAR..



  48. westerncat
    7:48 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #18 You may be on to something. UNC is dirty and everyone knows it.



  49. Yourmom
    7:57 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    So you guys think Duke has dirty rings. Everything that Calipari has brought to Kentucky is dirty Just wait your national title will be taken away in a couple years because Calipari had All of your big five Paid



  50. catfan
    8:12 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why are there so many UNC and Duke fans on a UK blog?



  51. UNC 4lLIFE
    8:23 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It call bleacher report application, a true fan will have this app on its phone or pad



  52. catfan
    8:32 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that I could care less what a UNC or Duke fan thinks makes me an untrue fan? Really? I am not on your fan site ripping your team. UK fans protect your house!!!!!!!!!



  53. catfan
    8:36 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #51 I may not have that cool app but my team does have 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#truefan



  54. dustin
    9:13 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #47, you do realize that when Ole Roy left Kansas they was on probation right?



  55. dustin
    9:14 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    correct term would be “were on probation”, sorry



  56. Duke Sucks
    9:26 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    We can’t hear these tobacco road fans for these 8 rings to our ears.



  57. Duke Sucks
    9:34 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The best thing about Duke. Well,,,,well,,,,,,, we needed someone to kick the sh!! out of to get our 5th ring.



  58. David
    9:51 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    So much hatred personally I like ky so long as they aren’t playing UNC but I also like ANY team that plays against dook even the national Taliban team would be better than dook but congrats ky on another stellar recruiting class I don’t think ur coach is dirty programs like ky ku UNC dook they sale themselves



  59. uk get a life
    7:29 am October 3, 2012 Permalink

    He must be worried about actually going to class, no basket weaving at Duke



  60. rlynch
    1:11 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Im a Duke fan and it dont matter where he goes let’s just appyreciate the fact that this young man has a future of basketball it could be worse i wish him the best wherever he ends up



  61. Dave Ball
    8:31 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    he will be wearing blue…



  62. UNC 4Life
    12:40 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wow!! You got 8 rings, we have 6 rings..but the difference between UNC and UK, in our rings we stuck with tradition, bloodline, alumni coaches, we win like that, if we fail with an alum coach, we go get another alum coach to win with. THE TARHEEL WAY. Now UK don’t have that no more, you got desperate and bought in Cal. Good hire no doubt, but we are waiting for the bomb to drop. UK couldn’t stand being irrelevant for the last ten years and made a deal with school crusher, coach cal.lol



  63. cheatin calipari
    1:15 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    if ANY Kentucky fans accuse ANY of the other programs to be “dirty” or anything of that nature…you are truly a complete moron…Calipari has been caught cheating everywhere he has been…(I.E. UMass, Memphis)…so evidently these boys must have liked the money he was offering…Im counting the days until Kentucky is exposed for what they are…frauds…just like their coach…Nerlens Noel is being looked at by NCAA as well as prob about half their roster…once or TWICE a cheater always one…and Calipari is one of the dirtiest if not the dirtiest ones in college basketball…and dont give me this your mad “he just gets all the talent and your jealous” BS…facts are facts check the findings at UMass and Memphis and you will see…one day Kentucky will fall HARD…let him win a couple titles with these “super rosters”…it wont matter in the end they will be vacated…plus hell with all the talent he’s got to Kentucky….he should have three or 4 titles and he has one…and by the way #44 on this list ARE YOU KIDDING ME CALIPARI DOESNT HAVE ANYTHING ON HIS RESUME UM BY MY COUNT HE HAD TO VACATE A NATIONAL TITLE…pretty big deal there bud if you think that Calipari is a “clean” coach and “cleaner” than Roy Williams you “diehard” Kentucky fans are dilusional…I hope every damn top recruit picks them and realize that maybe yeah forming a super team can win ya a title but down the road prob a 85% chance it will be vacated…because CALIPARI IS A FRAUD, CHEATER, and has given way more than enough proof of it…its just a matter of time