December 2, 2009
Randle visits Iowa City
With the Iowa campus just an hour to the west of his Rock Island home, Chasson Randle took advantage of a rare free evening and made his way to Iowa City on Tuesday night to get another look at what the Hawkeye Basketball program has to offer. The 2011 prospect who is rated by Rivals.com as the #45th best prospect in his class, still has Iowa on his radar.
"Iowa is still on my radar," Randle said Tuesday evening. "I am planning to come back here on a visit with my family and go from there."
Tuesday evening he was behind the Iowa bench for the Hawkeyes game against Virginia Tech thanks to a phone conversation on Monday with assistant coach LaVall Jordan, who has been recruiting him.
"I talked to Coach Jordan on Monday and he asked me if I wanted to come up for the game tonight and I told him I would I would like to do that."
The 6-foot-1 combo guard who currently holds offers from many top Midwest programs like: Iowa, Illinois, Iowa State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State enjoyed watching the game and getting an up close perspective.
"It is a pretty good game and I am enjoying that I could make it here tonight. I learn a lot about the program by being here and watching Coach Lickliter and the Hawkeyes," he said.
While the Hawkeyes are off to a slow start to open the season, Randle says that isn't deterring his interest in what Iowa has to offer.
"I feel like I could make a difference here and I know they are getting some guys that could make a difference too. I am not too worried about the way things are right now because I know the coaches and the players are doing their best," Randle said.
One thing he does hear on a daily basis living in the Quad Cities is plenty of chatter from fans of the Hawkeyes and the Illini, who are trying to get him to attend their favorite school.
"I hear that a lot from the fans of both schools," he said. "They are the two favorites of a lot of people and I probably hear it from fans about three or four times a day."
Randle's junior season at Rock Island is already underway and the Rocks are off to a 3-1 start. Randle was named the MVP of a tournament held at his high school this past weekend and they will start conference play on Friday evening against United Township.
Next weekend his plans include a trip to Champaign for a game against Robinson at Assembly Hall. Randle says that he may stay for an extra day in Champaign to attend Illinois game against Western Michigan.
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