Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Prestonwood's Julius Randle wows at Thanksgiving hoopfest; Kimball 0-3
DUNCANVILLE — The most sought-after college basketball prospect taking part in the fourth annual D/FW Metroplex Hoops Thanksgiving Hoopfest demonstrated what all the fuss is about.
Julius Randle, a 6-9 senior, had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead Plano Prestonwood to a 59-52 win over Baton Rouge (La.) Madison in its season opener Friday at Sandra Meadows Arena.
Six dunks punctuated Randle’s performance. The crowd most enjoyed Randle’s two-handed finish of a set-play lob pass from senior guard Marquan Botley.
“It was a good game for us,” said Randle. “A lot of our guys were playing varsity for the first time.”
Practically every scouting service has Randle rated as one of the top five seniors nationally. The recruiting battle has been intense. Last month, Randle narrowed his list of suitors to Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina State and Texas.
Friday, he revealed plans for official visits to Texas and Kansas in December. His fifth visit will be to North Carolina State on Jan. 26. Randle has already visited Kentucky and Florida.
“I’m looking for a coach I can trust, one that can get me ready for the next level,” Randle said. “And I want to win.”
Nation’s best JV? Prime Prep’s distinction as a junior varsity allowed otherwise ineligible players to participate in a 67-34 blowout victory over Monore (La.) Carroll. But they were hardly needed.
With eight players listed on its roster at 6-4 or taller, Prime Prep dominated with any combination it put on the floor.
Four transfers to Deion Sanders’ first-year Oak Cliff charter school were ruled ineligible by the District 11-3A committee. Three appeals have been upheld in Austin.
“Kids want to be kids and have the opportunity,” Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett said. “They’re disappointed. But we’re practicing just like we would normally. Our goal is to be ready for district.”
Kimball slides to 0-3: Two-time defending Class 4A state champion Kimball remained winless after a 67-51 loss to Richland. Leyton Hammonds, a 6-8 Oklahoma State signee, finished with 22 points for Richland. Keith Frazier scored 23 for Kimball.
Duncanville off to a 7-0 start: Jerami Grace scored 22 points and Duncanville, under new coach Danny Henderson, held off a late rally by Madison for a 53-51 victory.
Hoopfest concludes with nine games Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Other Friday results:
South Grand Prairie 72, Hillcrest 42: Ben Emelogu, a Virginia Tech signee, led 4-0 SGP with 16 points.
Rockwall 59, Texarkana Pleasant Grove 57: Sophomore Austin Grandstaff’s basket at the buzzer was the game-winner for Rockwall (2-1).
Woodrow Wilson 65, Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville 54: Zach Coleman, a Massachusetts signee, scored a team-high 17 points in the win.