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UNC Target Brandon Randolph Continues to Impress

Versatile guard made his mark at yet another event.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – During a drill designed to simulate movement off of ball screens at Chris Paul’s Elite Guard Camp this past weekend, one of the camp’s counselors had seen enough.

The lack of energy, effort and crispness by players – comprising some of the top rising junior and senior guards in the country – in the drill annoyed him.

“Who wants to do this right, the way it’s supposed to be done?” he barked at campers.

With no hesitation, Brandon Randolph sprinted to the three-point line and went through the drill as if it was the final moment of a conference championship game.

As impressive as his ball-handling, shooting and scoring are, it was Randolph’s verve that shined brightest at CP3 camp.

“That’s something I just started doing this year,” Randolph said in reference to his enthusiasm. “I realized that I need to get energized and keep up the pace. Keeping my team’s energy up, every game, is a goal I have. Every team needs an energy guy and I strive to be one of those guys.”

A rising senior from Westtown (Pa.) School, Randolph was listed at 6-6, making him the tallest guard at the camp. Despite the difference in height, Randolph’s handle was comparable to many of the full-time point guards in attendance.

“That’s why I’m here, to improve my ball handling skills,” explained Randolph. “You see CP3 and he’s definitely giving us some of his little tricks on how to come off that ball screen. He’s giving us like little drills that he does on his own free time. This is a great camp for guards and it’s definitely helping me overall.”

Throughout his recruitment, Randolph has taken a more conservative approach. He doesn't accept many interview requests, and when he does agree to an interview he rarely, if ever, provides school lists, timelines, visit dates or leaders. That doesn’t mean he’s tired of the process or annoyed by it.

“Oh man, I love it (recruiting),” he said. “It’s still very exciting for me and I talk about it all the time. I love this process. I’m blessed that everything is coming to me right now. Keeping up with the recruiting process will help me see what the best school fit is for me.”

North Carolina and Roy Williams hope they’re the best fit for Randolph, who is ranked the No. 38 overall player in the class of 2017 by Scout.com. The Tar Heels offered a scholarship to Randolph following the close of the April evaluation period.

“They started talking to me at the beginning of the school year and they kept recruiting me,” Randolph said. “Once AAU season came around they saw I was still able to step up to the plate and play well, and they decided to offer me. Their program is one of the best. I think it’s great that they started recruiting me. I love it.”

“I know of the program,” he continued. “I watch them on TV all the time. Even when I was at (NBPA) Top 100 Camp, Kendall Marshall was there and he was talking to us about his college experience.”

Randolph speaks to the UNC staff every week and he regularly receives phone calls from Williams.

“Every team needs shooters,” said Randolph. “I’m a shooter and I’m pretty tall, I’m a big combo guard, that’s why I’m at this camp. I think he wants a person just like me and he’s said he wants a shooter. I can play any role you want me to – I’m just a big guard.”

UNC also has offers out to 2017 guards Nick Weatherspoon and Andrew Platek, while Jalek Felton has been committed to the Tar Heels for 18 months.

“Other players aren’t a threat to me,” Randolph said. “I’m confident in what I can do on the basketball court.”

Randolph also holds offers from Georgetown, Villanova, Arizona, Syracuse, Maryland, Louisville, Indiana, Marquette and Kansas. His next summer event with the PSA Cardinals is next week's Nike EYBL Finals. PSA also features 2017 UNC target Mohamed Bamba.


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