January 23, 2009

Randle visits Iowa, picks up offer

Many college programs around the Midwest are still working on their recruiting classes for 2009 and 2010, but coaches always have their eye on the future and one player they are paying close attention to is Chasson Randle from Rock Island, Illinois.

The 6-foot-1 and 180 pound guard has already picked up offers from schools like: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Wisconsin, and Bradley. On Wednesday night he added one more, officially, to the list, the University of Iowa.

Randle made the trip to Iowa City on Wednesday for Iowa's game against Wisconsin with his father and high school coach.

"It was a great game," Randle said. "It was a lot of fun and a real exciting finish to an overtime game. I had a good time. It was a real good visit."

The talented prospect in the Class of 2011 was seated behind the Iowa bench for the game and said he enjoyed getting a close look at how the Hawkeye coaches handle game situations.

"It is really interesting sitting behind the bench like that," he said. "You get to see and hear how the coaches and players interact during game situations."

Following the game, Randle made his way to the Iowa locker room for a few minutes and then he and his father and coach spent time with assistant coach LaVall Jordan, who took them upstairs to the Iowa Basketball offices, where they were joined by Head Coach Todd Lickliter, who gave them some good news.

"After the game, we met with Coach Lickliter in his office and we talked for a while and he offered me a scholarship. It is a great honor to be offered by the University of Iowa."

Randle says that he isn't close to making a final decision and that schools like Purdue and Iowa State have been asking him to make an unofficial visit to their campus and that is something he hopes to do in the near future.

For now, it will be back to the court for the Randle, who is averaging 19 points a game in his sophomore season. Friday night the Rocks will tangle with United Township High School in conference play and then on Saturday they go out of conference for a contest against Rock Falls.

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