4-star guard boasts ND connection

WESTFIELD, Ind. - Brandon Randolph didn’t need a crash course on Notre Dame after landing an offer earlier this week. But the four-star guard might get one anyway from his cousin, incoming Irish point guard TJ Gibbs.

WESTFIELD, Ind. - Brandon Randolph felt the recruiting surge coming.

All it took was a little extra exposure. Starting last week, the four-star guard from Westtown, Pa., began running with PSA Cardinals on the EYBL circuit in front of college coaches. Doing so paid quick dividends as the scholarship offers started to pour in.

Notre Dame, Kansas, Syracuse, DePaul and Villanova all pulled the trigger. Randolph played in front of coaches from those programs and more Friday during EYBL’s second session.

“I’ve been like this since the school season,” Bowen said after leading PSA Cardinals with 28 points in an 82-79 win over RM5. “I didn’t expect anything less.”

Others in with offers include Arizona, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt, VCU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Arizona head coach Sean Miller and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim were among those watching Friday.

Irish head coach Mike Brey was also front and center alongside assistant Martin Ingelsby for Randolph’s display. Ingelsby started recruiting Randolph months ago. Since then the staff has kept tabs leading up to this week’s offer.

Randolph also has a connection to the program through his cousin incoming point guard TJ Gibbs.

“In the middle of the school season they started recruiting me,” Randolph said. “My cousin TJ, he just committed. They’re trying to recruit me pretty hard. That’s great.”

Gibbs, a four-star prospect in his own right, and Randolph have touched base since the offer.

“TJ always messes around with me,” said Randolph, who hit a game-tying three-pointer late in the second half to rally PSA. “He always hits me up on Twitter and texts me. He tells me how great the campus is and how I should come by and take a visit.”

Ingelsby also followed up by checking on Randolph last week. Xavier, Syracuse and Temple did the same.

When it comes to Notre Dame, Randolph doesn’t necessarily need Gibbs to brush him up on specifics. Randolph watched some of the Irish during the season, which included a second straight run to the Elite Eight.

Randolph took notes along the way.

“The way they have shooters,” he said. “The way they lock up on defense. I just love their game in general. That’s great.”

Coming out of the spring live sessions, Randolph plans to keep his recruitment wide open. A cut to the list could come in August, followed by fall official visits to his top remaining choices.

Randolph wants to lead PSA Cardinals to Peach Jam and then a championship before making any moves in recruiting.

“It’s definitely a family decision,” Randolph said. “We’re looking for a school with great academics to get me, where if I don’t make it to the NBA, which is my goal, then I should get a job and prosper in the real world.”


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