Written by Matt Wixon
Former Prestonwood Christian star Julius Randle gets his NBA spotlight tonight
In a few hours, we'll know which NBA team will land former Plano Prestonwood and Kentucky star Julius Randle. Many mock drafts have the 6-9 power forward going to the Lakers at No. 7.
If that holds true, the 15-year-old who sat in the row of bleachers in front of me a few years ago is about to be Mr. Hollywood.
It was in April of 2010 that I was at the Prestonwood Christian gym for Zach Peters' announcement that he had orally committed to Kansas. Peters was only a sophomore, but the 6-9, 235-pound forward was considered one of the best players in the Class of 2012. (Peters went to Kansas but never played for the Jayhawks after struggling with the effects of multiple concussions. He transferred to Arizona, played sparingly for the Wildcats last year and has now given up basketball).
Randle was just a freshman back when Peters made his announcement, but he was hardly anonymous as he sat with other Prestonwood students. From the time Randle was 11 years old, when he was already 6-feet tall and playing for the elite Texas Titans travel team financed by billionaire Kenny Troutt, it was pretty clear that he was going to be a big-timer.
As a freshman at Prestonwood, Randle averaged 15.2 points and 10 rebounds and helped his team win a TAPPS state championship. A couple of months later, he was sitting in the Prestonwood gym as a teammate got the starring role and made his announcement.
Since then, Randle has been the star. As a senior at PCA, he broke his foot early in the season and by the time he returned for the regular-season finale, Prestonwood's record was 10-19. Then Randle returned, and then dominated, and Prestonwood won another state title.
It will be fun to watch tonight as Randle's NBA dream comes true.