August 12, 2010

Randle key target for Cardinal

With a limited pool of elite athletes who meet the rigorous academic standards of Stanford University, it's critical that the coaching staff establishes and utilizes a nationwide recruiting base. In looking to improve the depth and talent of the backcourt, Coach Dawkins and the rest of the staff have turned their attention to Rock Island, Illinois, which is the home of 4-star point guard Chasson Randle.

Randle, who has emerged as one of the primary targets for the 2011 class, had the tremendous opportunity to play in the Under-17 World Championships this summer. This experience helped Randle improve both physically and mentally on the basketball court.

"Overall, it was a great experience," Randle said of his time with the USA team. "To have the opportunity to go to Germany and experience the international game, it helped me develop as far as skill work and mental toughness. Just being away from home and being out of my comfort zone a little bit, I grew up when I was out there. I enjoyed being around the great people. My teammates and coaches were great and I had a great time out there."

Prior to heading to Germany, Chasson had the chance to take an unofficial visit to Stanford. The visit gave him an excellent opportunity to grow familiar with the campus and life on the West Coast.

"My visit to Stanford was great. I had the opportunity to see a lot of the campus and meet with some great people that are part of the administration and faculty. Of course, I met with the coaches, and I got to speak with them in more detail about how they see me fitting in and things like that. It was a great visit and I'm looking forward to coming back out there with my mom. My dad came out on the visit last time; I want my mother to be able to come and see the school and be part of the experience."

While Stanford is the lone West Coast school that Randle is considering, the distance from home is something that he thinks he would be able to adjust to.

"I wouldn't say it's an issue," the #63 recruit in the country said of location. "It's something that would definitely be different, but college is something that is going to be different. I'm going to have to adapt and once again I am going to be away from home, and maybe out of my comfort zone, but that is something that I am going to have to deal with."

One of the essential aspects that Stanford is able to offer for Chasson is the strong and unique relationship that he has been able to develop with Coach Dawkins over the course of his recruitment.

"I feel like we have just built a special relationship," Randle told Cardinal Report. "I don't think too many players get to have this type of relationship with a coaching staff. Coach Dawkins and I have connected on and off the court. He tells me all the time that he sees similarities in our game. I just enjoy talking to him every time we get to speak."

The Rock Island high school star has seen the success that players like him have had under Coach Dawkins, and he believes that his style of play is an excellent fit in the system that Stanford is trying to develop.

"The uptempo game is my type of game," Chasson explained. "I like playing both the "1" and the "2" and I like to play the game the right way. I feel that Coach Dawkins, by talking to him and watching him coach, he wants the game played the right way. It's just enjoyable to watch when the game is played that way."

At this point, Chasson has setup his official visits to Purdue (September 25th) and Stanford (October 8th), while he is still in the process of setting up his visit date to Illinois. Cardinal Report will continue to update Stanford fans on Randle and his recruitment.

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