Louisville has a connection through former guard Russ Smith with top '17 shooting guard target Brandon Randolph

Westtown, Pa., School shooting guard Brandon Randolph is one of the top targets in the Class of 2017 for the University of Louisville basketball staff. A native of Yonkers, N.Y., Randolph has a connection with former U of L guard Russ Smith.

Westtown, Pa., School shooting guard Brandon Randolph has become a hot commodity in the Class of 2017, adding a few new offers in recent weeks.

The 6-foot-6, 175-pound four-star prospect added offers from North Carolina and Maryland after a sensational two live period efforts with the PSA Cardinals in the Nike EYBL league.

Randolph already had offers from Virginia Commonwealth, Notre Dame, Kansas, Arizona, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest among others.

One of the others is the University of Louisville and Randolph said he’s “very interested” and intrigued in checking out the Cardinals’ program because of a past relationship with former U of L guard Russ Smith.

“They’re still in there,” Randolph said. “They check up on me. They are always texting me and calling on me. I’m very familiar with Russ Smith.”

Randolph is from Yonkers, N.Y., and said he grew up watching Smith when he was a standout with the Cardinals.

“I grew up knowing him and that appeals to me,” Randolph said. “My game is similar to his, so that’s good. I like them.”

Randolph was coached when he was younger by Russ Smith Sr., and recently was cast as the younger Smith in a trailer movie titles “Underrated” that the elder Smith is trying to make about his son.

The No. 53 player in the Scout.com national rankings said he’s over 20 scholarship offers and noted that he’s “just really blessed.”

“I really don’t think about it all that much,” Randolph said of a decision. “At the end of the day, I have to pick a school but that’s not something I’m really thinking about right now. I’m just worrying about improving my game.”

Randolph, who is averaging 15.6 points in the first two EYBL sessions, has hit 21 of 42 from three-point range during his two events with the PSA Cardinals.

“I need to be more of a leader on the court,” Randolph said.

But he said the Louisville coaches – and others – have talked to him about being such a good fit in their program because of his defense.

“They talk about my defense and how I am very energized on both sides of the floor and how they really like that,” he said. “I am looking for a school that has the academic side of it and can definitely improve my game and where I’m headed.”

Randolph said he would likely make a decision in August.

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