Randle Shows Well At Shootout

Scout.com caught up with Chasson Randle in Champaign (Ill.) at the Shootout At The Hall. He talked hoops and his recruitment.

Chasson Randle isn't your everyday basketball player.

Not only is Randle, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard, a top 75 prospect for Rock Island (Ill.) High, but he's also a top-notch student. In fact, he's tied for No. 1 in his class.

"My mom is really tough on me on that," Randle said about his grades. "She's tough on me. I see academics as a game. I try to do my best. An A is a win and a B I did OK. I'm just a competitor."

So which is he more proud of, his basketball accomplishments or his outstanding GPA?

"I say a little of both," Randle told a group of reporters at the Shootout at the Hall on the University of Illinois campus.

Prior to speaking to the media, Randle turned in a 28-point, eight-rebound effort in a 58-53 win over Meyers Leonard and his Robinson (Ill.) High team.

"I think I played pretty well and so did my team and we came out with a victory and that's what I'm proud of right now," Randle said.

"Really I just tried to stay aggressive," the four-star prospect added. "In the first half I relied on my jumper and in the second half I tried to do a little bit of both and it worked out."

Randle already has scholarship offers from Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Stanford, Iowa State, Harvard, Michigan and DePaul. While he doesn't claim a favorite, it's clear that Illinois sits near the top of his list.

"I feel comfortable here, but I don't list anyone as a favorite right now," Randle said. But I do feel comfortable [with Illinois].

"They are pretty high," he said. "I'm looking forward to cutting the list down a little bit and come out and see a little bit more of the schools that are recruiting me. I'll be here staying over night and I'm going to check out the game tomorrow and the school."

Randle, who doesn't have a timetable for his collegiate decision, said he's gotten close to a number of a college coaches during the recruiting process.

"Basically all the ones that are really close to me," Randle said. "Coach Price [Illinois], Coach Jordan at Iowa, coach Close at Wisconsin, coach Owens from Purdue and coach Robinson [Iowa State]."

Randle is planning to set up a few unofficial visits in the coming weeks.

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