Heels 'Very, Very Interested' in Randolph

North Carolina's coaching staff was busy at the Kingwood Classic this past weekend checking up on a number of different prospects. One recruit that got a hard look was 6-11, 200-pound Anthony Randolph.

However, North Carolina wasn't the only school taking in one of his games. Memphis, Duke and Illinois are just a few of the other schools his AAU coach, Tony Johnson, noticed during their first game. And according to Johnson, Randolph gave the crowd of coaches quite a show.

"He showed them that he could put it on the floor, he showed his athleticism and that he can block shots," Johnson explained. "He showed them that he can play defense on the perimeter. You name it and he showed it all during that first game."

So it's no surprise that both Johnson and Pat Washington, his high school coach at Dallas (Texas) Woodrow Wilson, have been flooded with calls since Kingwood came to a close.

"It's pretty much wide open," Washington stated. "There are some guys that have come in late, but they have poured it on in the last couple days to let us know that they are really serious about him."

Among the schools that are showing interest in Randolph are North Carolina, Baylor, Wake Forest, Memphis, Louisville, Virginia, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Duke, Texas, Kentucky, Illinois and Georgetown. While he couldn't remember every scholarship offer, Johnson said there are a number of schools that have.

"North Carolina has shown a lot of interest. I don't know if they have offered yet. I do know Louisville has offered, Memphis has offered, I know Kentucky has offered, and I know Georgetown has. I think Carolina has, too."

The Tar Heels have visited Randolph on three occasions. The first was in January to take in one of his high school games. Coach Robinson also visited Randolph for a work out later in the season and then this past weekend the Carolina staff was well represented in Houston.

"I'll be very honest I think they are very interested," Washington said. "They are very, very interested. I've spoken to Coach Robinson on several occasions. They are very interested."

The only downfall to Randolph's play this past weekend was he only got to play one full game. A sprained ankle held him out the rest of the tournament. His AAU team, the Dallas Mustangs, will be in action again this weekend as they'll play in the local Next Level event, however, it's uncertain if he'll play.

"I don't know if he's going to play or not because of the sprained ankle," Johnson said. "I called him today and he said it was kind of sore so he might not even play this weekend."

But Randolph's uncle said he would be shocked if Randolph didn't try and give it a go this weekend in Dallas.

"He's still hurt," Will Marsaw said. "I know he shot around yesterday. I think he will probably play. He's the type of kid that has to be half dead not to."

Expert Scouting Notes from Kingwood

Eric Bossi -- "It could be argued that this long and lean 6-10 PF drew the biggest crowd of head coaches on Saturday when he and the Dallas Mustangs suited up against the New York Gauchos. With guys like Roy Williams, Lute Olson, Bill Self, Billy Gillespie, Jim Calhoun, Scott Drew, John Calipari and more on hand, Randolph put on a scintillating show. His ability to take defenders off the dribble at his size is beyond impressive and he's got a silky left handed jumper that is true to the three-point line. He's got to add strength to his lean frame and add some more consistency and toughness, but as a prospect there probably aren't 10 better in the class of 2007. His recruitment has officially taken off.

Dave Telep -- "Forget the numbers, his performance [on Saturday] had the place buzzing. In terms of sheer talent and "wow" factor, Randolph has the goods. He's 6-foot-10, has handles, made a pair of 3s and can play above the rim -- think Lamar Odom meets Tayshaun Prince! Frankly, his effort on Saturday was the most unique and eye-opening of the day. His upside is off the charts and everyone in the place knew that this guy is capable of being a special prospect.

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