Pitino checks out star Texas forward

Louisville coach Rick Pitino traveled to Dallas, Texas last week to see one of the nation's fastest-rising juniors, 6-10, 210-pound Anthony Randolph. The Cardinals are in the mix with the skilled forward, and InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Rick Pitino has been hard at work on the recruiting trail in recent days. Besides traveling to Saginaw, Michigan last week to see Darquavis Tucker, the Louisville coach also made a pit stop in Dallas, Texas to see Woodrow Wilson HS standout Anthony Randolph.

"Rick Pitino came through last week to watch Anthony work out," Randolph's high school coach, Pat Washington, said.

One of the most talented players in the junior class nationally, Randolph has been compared to NBA stars Lamar Odom and Darius Miles. The 6-10, 210-pound forward has been one of the hottest prospects on the AAU circuit this spring. Last weekend at the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Randolph was one of the brightest stars.

"In terms of sheer talent and "wow" factor, Randolph has the goods," Scout.com national recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "He's 6-foot-10, handles, (makes) 3s and can play above the rim. His upside is off the charts and (he's) is capable of being a special prospect. Think Lamar Odom meets Tayshaun Prince!"


Anthony Randolph is a hot target this spring.

Washington echoed Telep's sentiments.

"He can play on the perimeter, run the court, and he'll do whatever you ask him to do," Washington said. "He's a competitor and a winner."

There's no question that Randolph is a hot-commodity for college coaches. His list is lengthy and those around him aren't ready to name favorites.

"Right now he's talking to everybody," Washington said. "Right now he's open to everybody. He's listening to what everybody has to say. He's looking for a school with good academics and a program that can teach him to play at the professional level. He hasn't given out a list of favorites yet."

Washington said Randolph is considering a host of programs, including Baylor, Louisville, North Carolina, Memphis, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Illinois, Georgetown, Virginia, Kentucky and Houston.

Louisville, along with most of the schools that have dropped in to see Randolph this spring, has also taken notice of one of his younger teammates, 6-8, 225-pound William Brown, the sophomore of the year in Dallas. "He's going to be very good," said Washington. "He is a traditional back to the basket type player."

Randolph, who plays for Tony Johnson's Dallas Mustangs AAU program, will participate in the Next Level tournament this weekend in Dallas.


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