Prestonwood Christian Academy’s (PCA) Julius Randle has been named to the McDonald’s All-American Roster. He was nominated for the team on January 17, 2013; However, his selection was in question due to an early season injury during a PCA game, which required surgery.
Randle stepped back onto the court for his last home game on February 15. He came back with a vengeance and led PCA to a back-to-back TAPPS 5A State Championship this past weekend. The team defeated Ft. Worth Nolan Catholic High School with Randle contributing 34 points, 20 rebounds and 6 steals.
This from McDonald’s All American Games, Wednesday, March 6, 2013:
“Today, the McDonald’s All-American Games Selection Committee is pleased to name Julius Randle of Prestonwood Christian Academy to the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Team. As promised, we’ve been closely monitoring Randle’s play since his return to the court in February and it’s been an inspiring return to watch. Randle has not only proven that he is capable of competing at the highest level, but truly deserving of the title McDonald’s All-American.
Randle marks the third player in the 36-year history of the McDonald’s All-American Games to be added to the team, joining Derrick Whittenberg (1979) and Sam Perkins (1980).
We look forward to welcoming Julius Randle to Chicago for the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Games, which will be played on April 3 at the United Center. Randle will suit up for the Boys East Team.”
“I am grateful that Julius was named a McDonald’s All American," said Chris Mayberry, PCA Head Varsity Basketball Coach. "He is very deserving, and I am thankful that he was able to return to the court this season to help lead our team to a second consecutive state championship. Julius will do a great job of representing Prestonwood Christian Academy and McDonalds in the upcoming game."
The McDonald's All-American Game, consisting of the top players in the nation, is a single exhibition game played after the conclusion of the high school basketball season, in an East versus West format. The boys' game has been contested annually since 1978. This year's 36th edition of the game will be played April 3 at the United Center in Chicago and televised live at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
“It is a great feeling to be added to the team,” stated Randle. “Growing up, that is every kid’s dream, and for it to happen to me after everything that has happened this year is a perfect ending to my senior season.”