CSR Talks With Chasson Randle

Chasson Randle, who was just recently ranked the 56th best player in the Class of 2011, told Cyclone Sports Report that he has set a tentative date to visit Iowa State this fall. When that visit will likely take place and his current thoughts on the Iowa State basketball program are just a few of the topics that were covered when we went one-on-one with the Rock Island (IL) High School star.

Cyclone Sports Report: Can you list all your scholarship offers?

Chasson Randle: I have offers from Florida State, Illinois, DePaul, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Iowa State, Ohio State, Purdue, Miami (Fla.), and Wisconsin. I also had offers from Northwestern and Bradley but I recently informed their coaches that I have decided to look in a different direction.

CSR: Where do things currently stand with Iowa State?

CR: Things are real good as I just recently talked with Coach (Daniyal) Robinson. I just really like their staff and how they do things. I have already been there twice and I really like how they interact with their players. When they get on them for something they do it in a way that I like. They are real hands on with their players which I think is real important.

CSR: Have you set up a visit for the fall to Iowa State?

CR: As of right now I'm about 95% sure that I'll be going up to Ames on October 15th for the weekend.

CSR: I know that you met Iowa State freshman guard Chris Colvin at one of your games this past season. Have you talked with him since that game?

CR: No, I haven't but I do plan on getting in touch with him and asking him some questions about how things are going at Iowa State. I will likely do that in the near future.

CSR: There have been reports that Duke has started recruiting you. Is this true?

CR: Yeah, Coach Wojciechowski has been recruiting me and I guess they are going to come to Rock Island this fall to see some of my open gyms.

CSR: Where would they stand with you if they chose to offer you a scholarship?

CR: With Duke they definitely have a reputation as a top program and so if they offered me they would be right up there with my leaders but I wouldn't make any decision right on the spot.

CSR: Do you have a list of top five schools at the moment?

CR: No, me and my dad have been trying to get a list down to seven but it's really hard to do at this point.

CSR: It seems that you are in no hurry to make a final decision. Is this correct?

CR: Yeah, it's not very likely that I'll make a decision during the school year. I might make it next summer but I'm just not sure yet.

CSR: How did playing for the USA 16U National Team help you as a player?

CR: It really helped me in all aspects in regards to basketball including the mental aspect. Going throught the process it showed me how hard you need to play when going against that competition. I really plan on taking what I learned into my high school season.

CSR: Is there a lot of pressure from friends and fans to stay in state and go to Illinois?

CR: There is a lot of Illinois fans that want me to go there but since I'm close to Iowa there is also a lot of Iowa and Iowa State fans that tell me to go to their schools. It's fun but I just try to focus on what I can control and I feel that I need to choose the situation that fits me the best.

CSR: Do you still consider yourself a combo-guard and what improvements are you looking to make as a player heading into your junior season?

CR: I'm still playing both guard spots. Some schools are looking me more at the point but others look at me to play the two. We have a lot of point guards on my team so I'll probably play more of the two position during the season. I really want to improve everything about my game because I'm really trying to become a complete player who can do everything. I also want to get stronger and faster before the season starts.

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