Focus 2011: Chasson Randle

Badger Nation looks at the high school sophomores that Wisconsin basketball has focused on to fill the void. With the Badgers already getting a verbal from AAU teammate Devon Hodges, could forward Chasson Randle join Hodges in Madison?

Already filling the 2010 recruiting class with two of the top players in the state of Wisconsin, the Badger coaching staff isn't wasting any time in getting a jump start on the Class of 2011.

While the Badgers stuck to the Badger State for 2010, Wisconsin may fill all four available spots from the Land of Lincoln.

Already getting a verbal commitment from small forward Devon Hodges in early January, head coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Howard Moore have targeted Chasson Randle, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound combo guard that would help fill a backcourt void for the Badgers in the coming years.

Playing in the same Illinois Wolves AAU basketball program as 2009 Wisconsin commit Diamond Taylor, Randle's play has already attracted plenty of attention.

After averaging 10.7 points in 25 games last season for Rock Island High School, Randle, a top five prospect in the state of Illinois, is averaging 15.6 points, shooting 53 percent from the field and 49 percent from three-point range, and pulls down 6.8 rebounds per game.

While he's just beginning to scratch the surface in his development on the court, Randle had already showed he can compete with the best.

At the Shootout at the Hall event located on the campus of Illinois, Randle averaged 23 points in four games, including a 37-point, 10-rebound performance against Quincy Notre Dame in the final game of the tournament.

A player with solid versatility in being able to play either the point guard or shooting guard position, Randle plays unselfish, is solid on and off the ball, good defensively and possesses a solid mid-range jump shot. Throw in the fact that he's a 4.0 student, smarts that transcend to the court with his passing and decision making, it's no surprise Randle has gained a lot of interest.

Holding offers from Bradley, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Purdue and Wisconsin, Randle is also being monitored by Florida, Kansas and Wake Forest to name a few. The sophomore was invited to the Reebok All-American Camp last July, attended Indiana's Second Elite Camp last August and has visited every school that has offered him, including taking an unofficial to Madison for the Wisconsin-Penn State game.

Telling Scout.com that he has no favorites, no time table to make his decision and that distance or staying in state is not a factor for him, Randle continues to thrive in his role for the Rocks, as many of the top schools in the Midwest continue to watch in anticipation of his decision.

Quotes from Rock Island Head Coach Tom Siegel to Scout:

"I think that he showed great maturity for a freshman to step into a situation where the varsity team was expecting so much from him. I have seen him put in a ton of hours during the offseason to improve his game, so I think that he will be that much more prepared for a big year. That being said, he will also draw defensive attention from opponents and he is only a sophomore. He will still have ups and downs, but he has handled things very well so far. He knows that the attention that he has gotten has been great, but will put him under the microscope. He realizes that he needs to just focus on playing and trying to win games, and I think he will do that pretty well."

"I have had some conversations with him and his parents, and at this point, I am not sure what to expect. I think if there is a situation that fits and feels right he is not opposed to making an early decision. However, I know that the Randle's will look at academics, coaches, school atmosphere, the basketball program, and how he fits into their plans and choose the right fit for Chasson."


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