Rock Island junior guard Chasson Randle is determined to make the best possible decision regarding his future college home. Coaches, fans and media would like to see him move up the date, but he remains resolute.
"Hopefully, I can make my decision before my senior season."
Randle is also keeping the same primary list of schools.
"Right now I'm listening to Big 10 schools mainly, with Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin and Iowa. The other schools would be Iowa State and Stanford."
At least, he now says he is not looking to add any other schools down the line, as some have speculated. With the obligatory college questions out of the way, one can learn more about this young man with the promising future.
Randle visited Illinois Sunday for the Ohio State game. As an unselfish team player, his face lit up when asked about his team's progress. He says his Rock Island team is much improved after struggling at times early in the season.
"We're 18-6 or 19-5, something like that. We're doing pretty well so far. We're looking to keep improving the rest of the season."
With Royce Muskeyvalley playing point, the combo guard can take more advantage of his scoring skills. He says Muskeyvalley is providing stability to the team.
"He's doing real well. He's keeping his head and playing good basketball."
The Rocks have several tall players, but at the State Farm Holiday Tournament they provided minimal support. As a result, the 6'-0" Randle had to play forward at times. Fortunately, that situation has improved.
"Yeah, they're playing a lot more now. They're helping out as far as defense and rebounding, and they're scoring points too. It was good to see their improvement and see them on the floor.
"We could have used them (earlier). I'm looking forward to playing with these guys more and more, especially towards the state tournament."
Randle believes his team can make a good run to end the season.
"I think we'll do good, as long as we prepare the best we can and get everyone on the same page as we're doing right now."
He continues to work on all aspects of his game.
"Everything. Everything. Especially my pull-up and my ball handling, defense. I just want to be the best player I can be and help my team whenever I'm playing."
Many people assume a star must take over games to prove his quality. But Randle is the consummate team player. He can dominate a game, but he is reluctant to do so.
"I guess you could say that. I just want to win. However we do it, that's the way I'll do it. I try to get the other guys involved. I could go for 25 a night if I wanted to, but the team concept is more important to me."
His innate unselfishness also allows him flexibility regarding his college position. He is willing and able to play both point guard and shooting guard.
"A little bit of both. Wherever Coach puts me, I'll be fine with that."
Assistant coach Jay Price is his primary recruiter for Illinois, and he says Price calls him weekly. He is obviously an important recruit for the Illini in 2011 despite the likely presence of several other top guards.
Randle spoke with confidence about what he could offer the Illini should he decide to attend school in Champaign.
"I think I would add the ability to score, the ability to pass. I play defense also, so I will do whatever I'm asked. I look forward to competition. It would make me a better player should I come to Illinois."
Randle is considering the Illini strongly. Regardless of where he ends up, he will be an ultimate team player who cares more about winning than personal glory. Someone will be getting a special player.