December 19, 2008

2011 guard prospect planning visit to Iowa

The Quad Cities area has been a fertile recruiting ground for the Iowa Hawkeye Basketball program over the years and Coach Todd Lickliter and his staff are taking a long look at a talented guard from Rock Island in the Class of 2011 in Chasson Randle.

"I have heard from one of my coaches that Iowa might be close to offering," Randle said. "Coach Jordan has been to my high school a couple of times and was down in Champaign this past weekend to see me play. He seems like a real good guy."

The 6-foot-2 combo guard, who already holds offers from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, and Bradley, says he will be making an unofficial visit to Iowa City in early 2009.

"My high school coach and I are going to go to the Iowa/Indiana game on January 3rd, when Iowa plays Indiana."

While he does not plan to make a commitment to any school for quite a while, Randle says that staying close to home could play a factor in his decision making process when the time comes.

"Being close to home is something that could factor in because my family would like to come see me play and I feel more comfortable close to home. But, it will come down to where I feel comfortable at and if that is somewhere out of state, then that will be what I do," he said.

Along with Iowa, he says that schools like Wake Forest, Kansas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Florida have been in contact in recent weeks, though none of those schools have extended a scholarship offer.

Most of Randle's family are Illinois fans, which has led to speculation that he is a strong lean to the Illini, but at this point in the process he is taking his time and doesn't have a leader.

"I am open right now. I wouldn't say that I am leaning anywhere. I could see myself playing in the Big Ten or the SEC, maybe even Big 12," Randle said.

Last season as a freshman, Randle started at guard for the Rocks and a few games into his sophomore campaign, he continues to show improvement in his skill set.

"I worked really hard in the off season on my outside shot and I think it is a lot better. My mid-range game and beyond the three point line much improved and I have really focused on being a better defender."

This weekend those improved skills will get a big test as Rock Island travels to Quincy on Friday night and then they come back on Saturday to face Davenport Central, led by guard Hal Bateman, in the Iowa/Illinois Shootout.

"It should be a real good game," he said. "Hal is a real good player who is explosive. He is a senior and I am a sophomore, so it will be nice to go up against a player of his caliber."

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