Randall Discusses Recruitment

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.-- Derrick Randall '11 of South Kent (CT) has developed into a surefire high-major prospect, and a player that Providence has shown interest in. The 6'8 power forward is at the Nike Peach Jam/EYBL Finals with his AAU team, the New Jersey Playaz, and spoke with ScoutFriars.com about his recruitment.

Randall lists offers from Rutgers, Virginia Tech, UMass, St. John's, Seton Hall, St. Joseph's, Providence, and DePaul. In addition, Pitt and Marquette are involved in his recruitment.

Right now Randall has Rutgers and Virginia Tech atop his list and plans to make his college decision in the near future.

"Probably in August, probably gonna be committing in August," Randall said, adding that he plans to sign in the fall.

It is not a coincidence that Randall is considering so many Big East programs, as he would like to play in that conference.

"Yeah, I wanna be in the Big East, one of the best conferences, tough competition," Randall said.

As for what he is looking for in a school, Randall said, "Make me the best person I can be and play to my highest potential." He added that location will not be a factor in his choice.

Regarding Providence, Randall remarked, "It's got nice players. I like the style of play." He also said that PC is a school he is interested in.

"Before it was [Pat] Skerry, but he went to Pitt," said Randall of which PC coach he has spoken with. "They still send letters, but I don't know if they are still recruiting me."

Despite the uncertainty of where things stand with Providence, Randall would like to visit the school's campus.

"I wanna visit. It's a nice school, been out there one time, my freshman year," Randall said, referring to when he played in the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest on the PC campus.

A native New Yorker, Randall lists rebounding as the chief strength of his game and says that footwork is his primary weakness on the floor.

A strong, chiseled post player, Randall is a load to handle down low. He is still developing his skill set, but based purely off of his body he is able to score points and rebound the ball. Randall has a great set of hands, understands his role, blocks shots, and runs the floor well. He has improved over the past few years and in the right system could be a beast at the collegiate level.

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