Julius Randle, the top-ranked forward in the class of 2013, is now down to six schools, and Duke is not one of them.
Rated the No. 2 overall recruit by ESPN.com, Randle’s list is down to Kentucky, Florida, Oklahoma, N.C. State, Florida and Texas, according to a tweet from ESPN college basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep.
The news comes as a surprise since Duke was believed to be heavily in the mix for the 6-foot-9 power forward. Randle is AAU teammates with Matt Jones, who is already committed to Duke and is a member of the 2013 recruiting class.
With Randle off the board, Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski still has two targets in this year’s recruiting class—Jabari Parker and Austin Nichols. Nichols is a 6-foot-8 power forward and the No. 11 overall recruit in the class, and he is scheduled to make his official visit to Duke this weekend. Parker, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class, is scheduled to visit Durham the weekend of Oct. 27 for his official trip.