Louisville "tight" with Anthony Randolph

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Anthony Randolph doesn't talk much about his recruitment, he just plays. Burned in the past by reporters, Randolph prefers to focus his attention on the court and let his play do the talking. InsideTheVille.com spoke with the skilled 6-foot-10 forward and his AAU coach, Tony Johnson, about his recruitment at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Anthony Randolph doesn't talk much about his recruitment, he just plays.

Burned in the past by reporters that misquoted him, Randolph prefers to focus his attention on the court and let his play do the talking for him.

"I really can't answer questions about my recruitment," Randolph said. "Basically, I'm open, but my uncle won't let me talk about specific schools because the last time I did the (reporter) messed up what I said and made it seem like I wasn't interested in certain schools when I am."

Fair enough.

Though he sometimes disappears on the court – he has a tendency to float out on the perimeter – Randolph is loaded with talent and skill. He has a lethal outside shot with three-point range, and has no problem handling the ball in the open court.

And while his team started out 0-2 in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions this weekend, Randolph played well in both games, scoring 17 points Friday night and 22 more Saturday afternoon. Against Blessed IJN Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the 6-foot-10 Randolph also had 3 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots. There's no question he can – and often does – do it all on the court.


Anthony Randolph was outstanding in
North Carolina over the weekend.
(Jim Hawkins/InsideCarolina.com)

Randolph figures to be a high priority recruit for Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Saturday, Randolph admitted he's interested in the Cardinals.

Could Randolph's recruitment turn out to be a battle between two old rivals? Randolph's AAU coach, Tony Johnson, said that both Louisville and Kentucky are solidly in the mix for his player.

"They are both in pretty tight, especially Louisville because of Rick Pitino," said Johnson, who declined to answer further questions about his players interest in the two rival programs.

Johnson said there are a few big factors that Randolph will consider when he starts to narrow his list later this summer.

"He's looking for a school that's going to help get him stronger," Johnson said of the rail-thin Randolph. "That's the main factor. He likes to play on the perimeter, so that's a consideration, too, and a program that likes to run. And education is important also."

Based on that criteria, you'd have to think Pitino's program will remain a strong consideration until the end, especially considering Pitino's strong reputation for player development and willingness to allow his forwards the freedom to play facing the basket.

Randolph's current list is a lengthy one and he said he'd begin to narrow things down, "Probably towards the end of the summer."

"He wants to sign early so he can hurry up and get the recruiting process over with," Johnson added.


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