Big time potential

Few had heard of Anthony Randolph two months ago. Then he blew up at the Pangos All-American Camp in California. Now the big man is getting looks from programs all over the country.

Randolph is one of those odd recruiting stories. A young junior-to-be, Randolph just turned 15 and has sprouted up over four inches in a year and a half. He moved to Arkansas two years ago after growing up in Southern California and played basketball for the first time last season.

He had a solid, but not spectacular season last year for North Little Rock High School, an now one was really taking notice. That has changed. He went back to his old stomping grounds and decided to check out the Pangos Camp.

It was a great move. The 6-10 center showed off his athleticism and was one of the better players in the camp. Suddenly, word of his skills were making the rounds. By the time he got to the ABCD Camp college coaches were clamoring to get a look at the prospect.

Randolph is in the early stages of his recruitment. Although he attended the UCLA team camp, he does not have a working list of skills.

"Nobody right now, whoever will give me a chance," he said when asked who his favorites were. "Whoever gives me a chance to go to school."

Arizona coaches were out to see a few of his games in Las Vegas and he said that he would indeed consider the Wildcats.

Right now he is trying to figure out where he will play next season. He would like to move back to Southern California and will probably move in with his aunt and uncle.

His uncle Ledell Hill is very active in his basketball development and sees a lot of the same things that college coaches and recruiting analysts have been seeing.

"He's very competitive, loves to play ball," said Hill. "This is his first time being on the AAU circuit so everything is new. He loves to win. He's just learning what it takes to be a good basketball player."

Although Hill knows that he is very good, you have to wonder if Randolph himself does. He's a quiet kid, who almost seems amazed that he is garnering so much attention.

"I think he is starting to get a clue," said Hill. "I just think he is wide open. A lot of people are just starting to get a look at him."

Hill did not have many insights into the recruitment. Like Randolph, he did not offer up any schools. He merely set a timetable for a decision.

"He told me that he wants to go through this whole process and make his decision when he's gathered all the facts," Hill said.

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