Randle's List Taking Shape

One of the biggest risers up the point guard charts is Chicago Hales Franciscan 5-foot-7 point Jerome Randle. What's his recruitment like after canning the game-winning shot at the AAU Nationals?

Jerome Randle was upset. He felt as though he deserved to be at a shoe camp. "Because I didn't get to go the Nike Camp and I know that I should have been there," Randle said, "that made me play a little harder."

If Randle plays this well when he's slightly perturbed, what's his next motivating factor. Size?

"I hear it a lot all around," Randle said. "They say I'll be too small on the college level. They say everybody is bigger and stronger. A lot of people say I won't make it. That motivates me. It makes me go out and play harder."

Generously listed at 5-foot-7, Randle has that small guy chip on shoulder. The same one Andrew Lavender had and he's been a pretty good player thus far (see Oklahoma and now Xavier).

During the last week of the July period, the highly motivated little man found one last thing to get upset about. Apparently, with time running out and Ferrari down to the Chicago Jaguars in the AAU title game, he saw his opponents beginning to celebrate. Bad move Jaguars.

"I was off the whole game," Randle said. "They had me on lockdown. The coach said to get the ball to Jerome. I was surprised because I was off the whole game but he gave me the last shot. I was confident.

"I went to the hole and it was a floater. I was going full speed, crossed over and I work on it all the time. I was confident it was going to hit. It was funny because they were celebrating when we were down by 6 with 30 seconds. The game wasn't over."

OK, so Randle got his revenge. He avenged the doubters, his size and finally the Jaguars. Now it's time to look forward. What say he about college?

"It seems like big schools are starting to come late," Randle said. He's fielded recent calls from Minnesota, Purdue, Illinois and DePaul. "I have a lot of scholarships to mid-major schools. I want to make a decision in November."

Randle has a few schools that have been chasing him hard. During the last part of July, each spent time with him in Orlando. "My top three are Cal, Tulsa and Dayton. I like all three of them really."

The Golden Hurricane has been on Randle a long time. "Let me start with Tulsa," Randle said. Coach Wojcik has been on me since he's been at Michigan State. Dayton came in earlier this year to visit the school."

Cal's hook is former Chicago high school standout Dennis Gates turned assistant Bears coach in Berkley. "We talk to Dennis Gates a lot, my mom talks to him a lot. I talked to Ben Braun two days ago. They said they wanted to offer me. I think they're going to offer me a scholarship."

An unofficial visit to DePaul could be in the works very soon.

"Really it doesn't matter what school I go to," Randle said. "I just want to go and play. Let me put it like that. These top prospects go to major schools and don't get the playing time. I want to go somewhere where the coach loves me."

That shouldn't be a problem.


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