Rick Barnes looks to land Randle, Croaker


Although Texas basketball doesn’t have a commitment for the 2013 class, Rick Barnes and company hope to change that very soon. Plano Prestonwood Christian power forward Julius Randle will announce his commitment on March 20, according to USA Today.

The nation’s second-best Class of 2013 prospect, according to rivals.com, Randle’s most likely destination is either Kansas, Kentucky or Texas. Randle has been fairly quiet during his recruitment, and has not named a leader. According to his Twitter feed, he was added to the McDonald’s All-American team Wednesday.

Even if Texas is unable to land Randle, it still has a chance with another elite prospect. Orlando Jones shooting guard Demarcus Croaker visited Texas over the weekend and may be close to a commitment.

“I like the program, the coaches and how they develop players. Texas is the leader,” Croaker told espn.com.

Croaker had initially committed to Murray State, but later decomitted in order to look into other schools. Although not an elite scorer, the four-star prospect who visited Texas last weekend looks to be a tenacious two-way player. He has not set an announcement date.