Chasson Randle Remains a Priority for Illini

Chasson Randle visited Champaign two weeks ago and took part in one of the greatest basketball events to ever take place. Numerous former Illini players, including members of the 1989 and 2005 Final Four teams, came back for a reunion at Assembly Hall. Read here for more on Randle.

Chasson Randle is a 6'0" guard from Rock Island, Illinois that has an offer from the Illini. According to Randle's coach, Thom Sigel, Randle was very impressed with the event that took place and enjoyed all of it.

Not only does Randle have an offer from Illinois, he also has offers from Indiana, Iowa State, and Bradley. And there could be more to come. "Others have stepped up interest," Sigel said. "Purdue seems serious."

So many people have said the biggest leap for high school players is between their freshman and sophomore years. Sigel feels that was the case with Randle due to all the hard work he's put in.

"I think that he showed great maturity for a freshman to step into a situation where the varsity team was expecting so much from him," Sigel said. "I have seen him put in a ton of hours during the offseason to improve his game, so I think that he will be that much more prepared for a big year. That being said, he will also draw defensive attention from opponents and he is only a sophomore. He will still have ups and downs, but he has handled things very well so far. He knows that the attention that he has gotten has been great, but will put him under the microscope. He realizes that he needs to just focus on playing and trying to win games, and I think he will do that pretty well."

The one question everyone wants to know is when this young man will decide on a college. It seems like the "norm" for Illinois recruits to verbally commit early but Sigel is not sure that's the case with Randle.

"I have had some conversations with him and his parents, and at this point, I am not sure what to expect," Sigel stated. "I think if there is a situation that fits and feels right he is not opposed to making an early decision. However, I know that the Randle's will look at academics, coaches, school atmosphere, the basketball program, and how he fits into their plans and choose the right fit for Chasson."

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