When Brandon Randolph entered his junior season, he hardly had gained notice from college programs. But after an outstanding year, the 6-5 guard has drawn scholarship offers from programs such as Louisville, Marquette, Georgetown, Maryland, Wake Forest and others.
For his part, Randolph is trying to remain grounded as his reputation explodes.
"I have 17 offers right now, can't name them all off the top of my head," Randolph said with a laugh. "It's definitely been fun this year, going from unknown to my stock rising."
And his stock has risen for good reason. He possesses excellent size to handle the ball as well as he does, and he's also a potentially big-time jump shooter who impressive knocked down long bombs on Saturday afternoon in a televised contest at the Brooklyn Sports Terminal.
Exposure wouldn't be a problem, anyway, but Randolph's opportunities have arisen in part due to the presence of high school and AAU teammate Mohamed Bamba — a top Tar Heel priority.
"Me and Mo are real tight, on and off the court," Randolph said. "He pulls me to the side, always says, 'You need to do this, you need to do that.' I think it's great."
While practicing recently, Roy Williams paid Randolph (and Bamba) a visit. Wanting to establish some interest, the Hall of Fame coach spoke to him individually.
"I met with Roy Williams at practice," he said. "He's a really nice guy. He pulled me to the side and we were talking about the school season, the AAU season, the final that they played.
"He also was talking to me about the Peach Jam and how much he loves that environment. He's just a really nice guy. Hopefully, they will get more involved in my recruiting."
When assessing a potential fit with the Tar Heels, Randolph likely would give them a secondary ballhander yet — unlike Seventh Woods and Jalek Felton — someone who has the size and frame to defend jumbo wings.
Versatility, along with one particular skill trait, essentially define how Randolph evaluates his own game.
"I see myself as a combo guard, a point guard-shooting guard," he said. "I can handle the ball and I can definitely shoot that thing. I'm kind of big (for point guard), but I think I can play either and combo guard would be the best fit for me."
Randolph currently ranks No. 53 nationally in Scout's latest rankings for the Class of 2017.