PF Derrick Randall Has Two Favorites

Power forward Derrick Randall is going from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic to South Kent (Conn.) Prep, but he could be returning to New Jersey for his college career. The 6-foot-8 ½, 220-pound Randall told he has two favorits, and he also gave in inclimation of which school could hold the edge. Come inside to get the full story on Randall's recruitment.

New Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice secured commitments for the 2010 and 2012 classes, but the 2011 remains empty.

However, that could change soon with South Kent (Conn.) Prep power forward Derrick Randall. The 6-foot-8 ½, 220-pound Randall is listing Rutgers and Virginia Tech as his favorites, but he has a preference of playing in the Big East.

"As of right now, my two favorites are Rutgers and V-Tech," Randall said. "I want to play in the Big East. It's good competition."

Randall averaged 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game at Paterson Catholic last season, but decided to transfer to South Kent after Paterson Catholic announced it was closing.

He recently visited the campus and is getting a strong vibe from Rice and Rutgers assistant coaches Jim Carr and Jim Martelli.

"It's a nice campus, I like the new coach," Randall said. "He's very energetic. He wants to get straight to the point, and he wants to win. I saw the campus, the gym."

Randall added he is familiar with the school and its academic program, but he is not versed in its history.

The Scarlet Knights are already very thin in the front court for the 2010-11 season, and that will be compounded the following season because power forward Jonathan Mitchell will be a senior.

So, does the opportunity to play plenty of minutes early factor into Randall's decision?

"Not really," he said. "If I'm ready to play, I'm ready to play. If the coach thinks I'm ready to play, I'm playing."

Randall is an interior player whose range stops at a mid-range jumper, but he is working on extending his jump shot. His development could come quickly since Randall began playing basketball three years ago after going through a growth spurt.

The Hokies are the main competition, and could become even more of a threat if Randall can get to Blacksburg, Va., for an unofficial visit.

"I haven't been to Virginia Tech yet," Randall said. "I like (coach) Seth Greenberg. I spoke to him a couple of times and he says he really wants me down there. It's a nice program. I like watching them play. I like their tempo, they're style of play. It looks like a nice gym."

Randall, who is in Atlanta playing in the Peach Jam AAU tournament, has an idea of when he wants to make a decision.

"Probably in the middle of August," Randall said. "Maybe it will be a little later, but I want to decide in about a month."

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