Rock Island's Randle Considering Iowa

Four-Star guard Chasson Randle of Rock Island (Ill.) High recently visited Iowa. The Class of 2011 talent spoke with HI.com about his thoughts about the Hawks and updated his recruitment.

Four-star guard Chasson Randle expects to trim his list of possible college destinations down to seven in the next month or so. Don't be surprised if Iowa makes the cut.

"Iowa is struggling right now, but that doesn't concern me," the Rock Island (Ill.) High product said. "I'm wide open to them. I want to get with the academic advisors to get a better feel for that part, but I like the school.

"It's close to home. I'd get to play in front of my family. Coach (Todd) Lickliter is a good guy, and they run some good stuff."

Scout.com ranks Randle as the 13th best player in the country at his position for the Class of 2011. He holds 11 offers, including Iowa, Illinois, Iowa State, Indiana and Wisconsin. He also feels like Stanford might be close to offering, while Duke, Georgetown, Florida and Kansas are staying in touch.

"It's getting time to eliminate some of the schools I'm not interested in," Randle said. "I'm going to do my homework on the schools I'm open to and go from there."

Scout.com lists Randle as a shooting guard, but he plays the point for Rock Island and projects as a combo guard on the next level. Talent evaluators like his ability to score and his decision making.

"I'm looking for a chance to play right away," the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder said. "I've got offers from some really good schools, so I know the academic side will be there. I just want to be comfortable and have a good relationship with the head coach because I'm going to be playing for him for four years, possibly."

Randle has built a strong relationship with a few head coaches.

"I've really gotten to know and feel pretty close to Coach (Bruce) Weber and Coach (Greg) McDermott," he said. "I've gotten to know Coach Lickliter a little bit, but I mostly talk to his assistant, Coach (LaVall) Jordan."

Randle said that he feels real comfortable around Jordan and recently spoke to the assistant on an unofficial visit.

"We have a pretty good relationship," he said. "I talk to him at least once a month. He's a real cool guy."

Johnny Dawkins from Stanford also has impressed Randle.

"During the last four or five months, I've gotten to know Coach Dawkins pretty well," he said. "I think they want me to go out there and check things out."

Randle said that he plans to use his five official visits on schools he can't reach by car.

"I might use one on a school that's close," he said. "But I've gotten a pretty good look at the ones that are close."

There's been speculation out there that Randle is the Illini's to lose.

"I know a lot of the guys heading down there and they have a great team already in place," Randle said. "My dad grew up as a big fan (of Illinois), but that's not going to impact my decision. He just wants me to pick the right school and be happy."


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