“After taking all my visits and obviously they were my last visit, I just had a good feeling going into it,” Randolph said. “It was a great atmosphere there with great academics and I guess it was just the best fit. It had everything we were looking for.”
Randolph took an official visit to Arizona this past weekend. The Westtown (Pa.) School also took official visits to Syracuse and Oregon. Indiana and Wake Forest were also involved.
Randolph’s mother, Robin, told Scout that her son made a checklist of things he was looking for in a school. What was on that list?
“From a basketball standpoint, just a fast paced game and just the way he visions me of being apart of the program,” the younger Randolph said.
“Then from an academic standpoint, they have my major,” Randolph, who is interested in accounting and finance, said. “The major I want to study. Even though that might change, I could see academics is a big part of their program. They have academics advisors to help me.”
According to Randolph, Sean Miller was aggressive in his pursuit of him and the two developed a strong bond and that factored into his decision-making.
“What I like about him is he basically reached out to me a lot,” Randolph said. “He showed that he was really interested. Not just the assistant, a couple of schools I thought it was just the assistant coaches interested.”
“I just felt me having a relationship with the head coach is a lot better,” he added. “I just thought if he was interested in me and wants me and I loved their program this would be a great fit.”
Throughout the process, Randolph had a good feeling about the Wildcats, but once he took the visit and saw the program with his own eyes, it solidified his decision.
“My family and I have been having this talk for a while now,” Randolph said. “Even before the first official and after every official we kept talking about how we feel and I guess after the official with Arizona, we just felt that this was it.”
What is Randolph most excited about?
“Definitely the platform,” he said. “All eyes are going to be watching us. We are going to have a lot of televised games because of who we are going to have on our team. There are other factors, but that’s probably the biggest one. Arizona itself is a great basketball school.”
Over the spring and summer, Randolph played with the PSA Cardinals in the Nike EYBL. Randolph averaged 15.8 points and 2.9 rebounds a game, while shooting just under 38-percent from three on 136 attempts in 22 games.
“I’m known for my shooting and my scoring,” Randolph said. [I’m] just another piece to that puzzle. I can definitely help them and they can definitely help me grow as a basketball player. Get stronger, improve my game and help me get to the next level.”
Randolph is regarded as the No. 38 overall recruit and No. 6 shooting guard in the 2017 class.
With the addition of Randolph, Arizona now moves to No. 1 in the 2017 class rankings. Randolph joins the nation's No. 1 player, DeAndre Ayton, and Scout's No. 86 recruit, Alex Barcello, to make up their current recruiting class.
“Going into everything and looking at everything that wasn’t my main focus,” he said regarding Arizona’s recruiting class. “Obviously I have to know who I’m going to be surrounded by. But first we tried to see which system fits best for me. Once I looked at the players that are going to be around me and see who I’m going to be replacing that just shows I can definitely fit into their system.”
Despite holding three impressive commitments, Sean Miller is far from done in what appears to be a blockbuster recruiting class. The Wildcats are also heavily involved with five-star recruits Brandon McCoy, Jarred Vanderbilt, Brian Bowen, Nick Richards, Hamidou Diallo and Lonnie Walker.