2002 Signee Profile: WF Ben Rand

Ben Rand is now officially an Iowa Hawkeye. The 6-6 188 pound wing forward from Rochelle, IL signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon. Rand, who also received interest from such schools as Marquette, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Boston College and Stanford, verbally committed to Coach Alford's program back in early June. However, everything was made official on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period for high school and junior college players.

Last season as a junior, Ben Rand led Rochelle in scoring and rebounding with 24 points and eight rebounds per game, helping lead the Hubs to a 27-5 record. During his junior season, Rand also established a career high with 48 points versus Princeton, IL.

HTO.com had the chance to talk to Rand and ask him what drew him to Iowa. "I wanted to enter a good business school where I can succeed both on the court and in the classroom," Rand said. "I also wanted to play for a perennial NCAA tournament team. I wanted to know that I am going to be on a team that contend in March, and Iowa is all of that."

Rand, who is no stranger to traveling all around the United States to play basketball, played with Team TABA the past two summers on the AAU circuit. Rand also participated in the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis, IN this past July where he had a good week of basketball in front just about every Division I coach in America.

Rand stated that when it came down to making a decision on which school he wanted to attend, it was not a tough decision to make. "I really like Carver Hawkeye Arena, and I have a close relationship with the coaching staff, as they have recruited me for over a year now." Rand said. "I knew Iowa was the place I wanted to go to, it's the right fit."

Rand also had high words of praise about his future coaching staff and fans. "I love the atmosphere, the fans get behind the team, all they have in Iowa is the Hawkeyes," Rand said. "Coach Alford is a great coach and he keeps everyone motivated, plus I can learn a lot from a coach like him."

Rand first caught the eye of the Iowa coaching staff while participating the FutureStars/Auto Glass Center Hoops in the Heartland Tournament prior to the start of his junior season. Rand led Team TABA to a fourth place finish against some tough national competition, and was named the Most Valuable Underclassman in the tournament.

Since the end of his junior season Rand has been working hard in the weight room, and it is beginning to pay off for him, as he has gained 20 pounds of bulk. "I was 168 (pounds) at the end of my junior season, and now I'm up to 188," Rand said. He will continue to work hard in the weight room throughout his senior season, as well when he steps on campus for the first time as a Hawkeye next June for summer workouts.

As Rand enters his senior season at Rochelle High School, all the pressure will be off his back as far as choosing a college to attend, and he can just go out and enjoy the game that he loves.

Welcome to the Hawkeye family Ben!

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