April 18, 2010

McCaffery visits top 2011 prospect

On his way back from meeting Hawkeye recruit Devyn Marble for the first time in person, Coach Fran McCaffery and assistant coach Andrew Francis had their plane take a pit stop in the Quad Cities so they could meet 2011 recruit Chasson Randle. The Rivals 150 prospect was impressed that the new Hawkeye coach took the time to stop by Rock Island High School to say hello.

"It was cool that they stopped by school this afternoon," Randle said. "We aren't allowed to say much more than hello, but it was nice to meet Coach McCaffery and Coach Francis for the first time."

The 6-foot-1 and 180 pound combo guard from Rock Island, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the 45th best prospect in the Class of 2011 was flattered to be among the first prospects in his class to get a visit from the new Iowa coaches.

"That is very flattering to say the least," he said. "It really shows that they would like to have me in a Hawkeye uniform."

Randle said that McCaffery asked him if he would make a trip to Iowa City and he was more than open to it.

"It's a short drive. Only 45 minutes and it is close to home for me. I'm anxious to get to know them better, but we didn't set up a date yet."

Randle currently holds offers from 15 schools, including Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, Harvard, UCONN, Notre Dame, and others. Right now he plans to take his time in making a decision.

"I really haven't set a time for a decision. It might be late in the summer or early in the fall. I'm looking at all the schools and don't have a favorite."

It will be a busy spring and summer for Randle playing for his AAU program, the Illinois Wolves. He plans on playing with them as much as his schedule allows and continue to develop his overall basketball skills.

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