Five-star prospect Julius Randle picks Kentucky over Texas


Plano Prestonwood Christian power forward Julius Randle, a five-star prospect, according to, committed to Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon, picking the Wildcats over Texas, Kansas and Florida.

After sophomore forward Jaylen Bond announced his decision to transfer from Texas this week, the Longhorns picked up a commitment from an Orlando product, shooting guard Demarcus Croaker. But Randle, widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best, high school basketball players in the country, picked Kentucky — who fell to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday.

With Bond transferring, there is room for another player to join the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class. Texas also has a verbal commitment from Houston product Isaiah Taylor. Both Taylor and Croaker are three-star prospects, meaning that head coach Rick Barnes might go another year without signing a five-star prospect.

Texas signed Myck Kabongo in 2011, Tristan Thompson in 2010 and Avery Bradley in 2009. Those are the last three five-star prospects signed by Barnes.