September 28, 2009

2011 hoops star visits UA

Madison, Ala. small forward Levi Randolph earned plenty of attention last season when he led Bob Jones to the 6A state championship game as a sophomore. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound star has collected early scholarship offers from Alabama, Baylor, Georgia, Miami and Vanderbilt and the Rivals150 member was in Tuscaloosa this weekend for an unofficial visit.

"We spent some time on campus Saturday and it's really nice," Randolph said. "The atmosphere during the fall is really great to have all those fans on campus excited about Alabama. It was amazing to see how much those fans love their team."

Randolph also spent some time around the Alabama basketball facilities, meeting with head coach Anthony Grant and touring Coleman Coliseum.

"I've spent some time around the Coliseum before when I was in Tuscaloosa for the Elite Camp. It's really a good arena, especially when you get the crowd behind you. The new practice facility they are working on is going to be really great too so the facilities at Alabama are definitely more impressive than most people might think."

"I got a chance to see Coach Grant and talk to him and the other coaches a little more. We've already met and spoken to each other several times before so I know him pretty well by now but it was good to catch up with him. Coach Grant is a guy who really cares about his players a lot. That's what he's all about. You really get the feeling he's in the job to help the players succeed, not just to help himself."

While the Crimson Tide have made a strong early impression on Randolph, Alabama has a long way to go in the recruitment of the four-star prospect.

"I've really been impressed with Georgia's coaches a lot and there are things about all the other schools that have offered me that I like a lot as well. Right now, it's too early for me to make a decision or consider anybody my favorite. I'm going to play out my junior season, then really focus on working out and recruiting after that. I should know a lot more after basketball season is over."

"Overall, I'm looking for a place with a great coaching staff that can help me get to the NBA and a place with strong academics so I'll be prepared for life outside of basketball. Those are going to be the things I focus on when I take my official visits."

Randolph is rated the nation's No. 19 small forward prospect for the 2011 recruiting class and the No. 79 overall prospect. He also plays with AAU Nashville Celtics.

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