Coach Gets Another Look at Chasson Randle
There's a strong mutual interest between Rock Island's Chasson Randle and the University of Illinois. Randle is a 6'1" sophomore-to-be guard who has really caught the eye of a lot of colleges, especially in the Big Ten. Randle has made a number of visits to Champaign and the Illinois coaching staff has been to see him play just as much.
While Randle definitely views Champaign as a possible destination, other conferences are also taking notice of this talented prospect. "I just got a call from Iowa State this past week," Randle's high school coach Tom Sigel said. "Obviously Illinois has shown a lot of interest in him, but so has Indiana and Purdue."
Everyone thought the knock on Randle was his inability to shoot a decent percentage from the perimeter. Friday Randle put that "flaw" in his game to rest. With his athleticism he's always been able to get to the rim and score, but he showcased a wide range of talents that are going to make him hard to stop. Those talents include a nice mid-range pull up and good three-point shooting touch. "I've worked with him on his shot a lot this summer, he's got more lift on it, and it shows," Sigel said. "Chasson knew teams played him for the drive, but he's a hard-working kid that wants to do everything to get better."
The question that everyone wants to know is if there's been an offer for Randle. Nothing official has been set in stone, but if Randle keeps progressing there's going to be more suitors calling for his services.
Other Shootout notes:
Brandon Pullman, a 6'6" senior also from Rock Island, has finally figured out that the sky's the limit for his services. Since his junior high days everyone knew Pullman had all the tools to be a DI player, but at times he just didn't play hard enough on both ends of the floor. Now Pullman has shown the dedication to play at the next level. Pullman makes better decisions on the court, showing added aggression by attacking the rim more and finishing in traffic. He's also been shooting the ball with great confidence, and Pullman has increased his defensive intensity and become more of a vocal leader.
Seth Van Deest, a 6'9" forward from Bettendorf, Iowa, has seen his stock skyrocket since last year when St. Louis Coach Rick Majerus showed interest in the big man. Van Deest possesses great footwork, a variety of post moves and the capacity to connect from the three-point line. He's drawn interest from UNI, Iowa State, Creighton, Wichita State and Indiana State.
The winning team of the shootout was Peoria Richwoods, led by Head Coach Mike Ellis. Richwoods beat Bettendorf, Iowa for the championship 49-45. Perhaps this is the start of a special run for Richwoods, as many of the players utilized by Coach Ellis has been playing for him since they were freshman and sophomores. They might have the potential to make a good run at a state title. This talented group added a much-needed ingredient for success when 6' 2" Mason Alwon transferred to Richwoods from Peoria Notre Dame. Alwon gives them a consistent outside shooter.
Ellis also has a nice advantage, because all of these players play together during the summer on the 16U Peoria All Stars AAU team coached by Bobby Anderson. Two players not on the Richwoods team are 6'5" forward Keelan Prince and 6'2" wing Tony Banks, who play for Peoria High. This group has done well this summer, qualifying for nationals in Orlando, Florida. Key players on this team are: Tylon Deal (5-10, G, SO); Aaron Davis (6-3, G, SO); David Anderson (6-4, F, SO); T.J. Cole (6-4, F, SO); Tony Frazier (6-3, F, SO) and Chris Ross (6-2, F, SO).
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