Chasson Randle Gets Minnesota Attention

Chasson Randle, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound junior guard from Rock Island (IL) High, is one of the top backcourt performers in the country. Randle attracted plenty of attention on the first day that coaches could go out on the road. Minnesota assistant coach Saul Smith was one of ten Midwest coaches to watch Randle in an open gym.

Chasson Randle helped lead the Rocks to a sectional title as he averaged 18.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steal per game. He is an outstanding deep threat as he shot shooting 52.9% (45-of-85) from three-point range. The Rocks advanced to the 2009 Illinois Class 3A supersectional (state quarterfinals) for the first time since 2000 and finished with a 21-10 record.

Randle was named to the 2009 Quad City Times and Rock Island Argus All-Metro first team, the only underclassman on the list. He was an unanimous selection to the 2009 All-Western Big 6 Conference first team and earned 2009 All-Illinois Class 3A first team honors from the Associated Press, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Chicago Sun Times and Champaign News-Gazette.

Randle played this summer as a member of the 2009 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team. They finished 5-0 and won the FIBA Ameriicas U19 Championship, defeating host and previously unbeaten Argentina (4-1) 101-87 in the gold medal game. The U.S. squad scored an average of 113.0 points per game and won its five games by an average of 33.8 points per game.

Randle averaged 6.2 and 3.2 rebounds per game for the USA team.

Minnesota, Notre Dame, Iowa, Iowa State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State were among the teams that watched Randle in an open gym Wednesday.

Randle, who plays for the Illinois Wolves AAU program, has scholarship offers from Florida State, Illinois, DePaul, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Iowa State, Ohio State, Purdue, Miami (Fla.), and Wisconsin.

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