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Coveted forward Julius Randle visiting NC State this weekend

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Texas native Julius Randle remains one of the top unsigned prospects from the Class of 2013 and, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, he will be on an official visit to North Carolina State this weekend.

Randle has remained open in his recruitment and lists the Wolfpack, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida, and Oklahoma as his possible suitors. He has carried on one of the more guarded recruitments and has more options than many of his other blue-chip counterparts this late in the recruiting season.

Randle is a powerful 6-9, 225-pound forward who can face up to the basket, drive to attack the rim, or extend out toward the perimeter. Defensively, he is an active shot blocker and rebounder.

The Wolfpack take on North Carolina on Saturday, a game Randle will likely attend. As a recruiting tactic, the in-state rivalry game offers a chance to for Randle to be in the stands and surrounded by what should be a loud sell-out crowd.

NC State has made major strides on the recruiting trail since coach Mark Gottfried was hired in April 2011. His first recruiting class included three McDonald’s All-Americans (Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren, and Tyler Lewis) and his Class of 2013 already includes three Top 100 prospects.

Randle would fit well in the frontcourt alongside big man BeeJay Anya, a 6-9, 275-pound center from Maryland. The class also includes highly touted point guard Anthony Barber and forward Kyle Washington.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
(AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: