The Chase Is On for Illinois Prep Standout

Bloomington - Indiana might have been the first to offer a scholarship to Rock Island's Chasson Randle, but others have since followed suit. Randle talks about Indiana, his offers, and his weekend plans for Midnight Madness...

Bloomington – The chase is on for Chasson Randle.

The 6-2, 165-pound point guard still has three years of high school basketball left at Rock Island (Ill.) H.S., but a handful of schools have already seen enough to offer a scholarship. Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State and Bradley are four that have offered the Class of 2011 prospect, and more figure to be on the way soon.

"Since last year, I was hoping and praying and dreaming to be in this position," Randle said about the early offers and interest. "It's been really exciting."

Indiana was actually the first school to offer the Quad Cities area standout. Randle said the IU staff watched him throughout his summer with the Illinois Wolves AAU squad, taking in his games at events in Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Coach Tom Crean's staff saw enough that they liked to offer him in early August.

The Hoosiers' early offer helped lure Randle to Bloomington in August for IU's second elite camp, and he said the trip was a valuable opportunity to be around Crean and his staff and get a feel for how they're going to run things at IU.

"I like Coach Crean's attitude in general and I like his coaching style," said Randle. "When I was at his camp he showed me a lot of things that I can put in my game."

Of course, there's already a lot that Crean likes about Randle's game. As a high school freshman Randle earned honorable mention all-area honors from the Quad City Times after averaging 12 points a game, and he figures to be one of the top players in the area as a sophomore.

"Coach Crean says he likes my quickness and my ability to get to the rim," Randle said.

In addition to his trip to Bloomington in August, Randle also went to Iowa State's elite camp this summer, and he also joined the Rock Island team on a trip to Champaign, Ill., for Illinois' team camp. This fall, he said he's still thinking about possibly making a trip to Wisconsin or Purdue as well.

There had been reports of Randle making a return trip to Bloomington this weekend for Hoosier Hysteria, but at this point Randle appears likely to stay home for the kick-off to the college basketball season since his family is moving into a new home this weekend. He said if he's not able to get to Hoosier Hysteria, he said he does plan on making another trip to Indiana sometime soon.

Randle still has plenty of time before he has to make a college decision, and he says he is wide open to any school that is showing interest. But he is trying to get a feel for Indiana and his other suitors through his conversations with coaches and during his visits.

"I'm looking for a coach I have a good relationship with and I'm also looking at style of play," said Randle. "Also, the location of the school is big. I don't want to be too far away from my family. I want to make sure they can come see me play.

"I'm just trying to get a good feel for some of the places, because I have to feel comfortable."


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