Randolph a High Major Post Player

Not many schools or scouts knew much about Anthony Randolph until he arrived at the Pango All-American Camp this past summer. After an impressive performance at the California event, he continued his success on the AAU circuit and it carried into his high school season.

A native of Pasadena, Calif. and the son of parents in the Army, Randolph's family moved to Little Rock (Ark.) before high school and relocated again last year to Dallas (Texas) Woodrow Wilson. Scout.com's 28th-ranked player in the Class of 2007 put together a solid season with averages of 20 points and 13 rebounds per game.

"We were all right," Randolph said of his high school team. "We were 14-14. I did well, but I'm going to try and do better next year."

"I really need to get stronger and work on my handles a little bit," he continued. "But there is room for much improvement."

Randolph just started playing competitive basketball a year and a half ago and has become one of the better prospects in the country – he's even ranked No. 5 overall in the junior class by Prep Stars. At 6-11 and 200 pounds, Randolph possesses skills that most players his size don't have. According to his AAU Coach, Tony Johnson, Randolph's skill package enables him to play several positions.

"He can play the three, four, or the five," the Dallas Mustangs coach said. "He can post up and has good foot work. He's really athletic and runs the floor like a deer. I think he's got a chance to be a NBA player."

Before he can even think about the pro level, he'll need to develop in college. And a long list of the big-name schools are after him. North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Boston College, Georgetown, Memphis, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Illinois are all interested.

"He's really good," Johnson said. "He's got a chance if he gets in the right college system he might not stay very long."

According to Randolph and Johnson there are a few schools that have offered him scholarships. But considering how new Randolph is to basketball and the recruiting game, he still has a lot to think about.

"It's going well right now," Randolph said of the recruiting process. "I'm just trying to narrow it down."

"He's just a kid," Johnson explained. "He's at the point where this is new to him. I think he's overwhelmed with all the people that have been to see him. He's just a big kid."

For now Randolph is more focused on improving his game and making a name for himself on the spring and summer circuit.

"I want to just do well in camps and finally get my name out there," he said.

WILDCAT INSIDER SLANT: The Cats are well aware of Randolph. They were out to see him a few times last summer. He listed the Cats last summer and he has made it known that he likes the west. Randolph is still very raw and the Cats really don't need another project, but I'd expect the Cats to keep evaluating him. If he continues to improve, you can bet the Cats will make a push.


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