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XU target Randolph thrives despite increased recruiting attention

Xavier priority target Brandon Randolph has seen his recruiting stock soar this spring.

Yonkers native Brandon Randolph has thrived while handling rapid growth throughout his high school career, both in terms of his physical stature and his recruiting attention from college coaches. 

Randolph has grown somewhere "between six to eight inches" since his freshman year of high school. This spring, he's seen his recruiting stock shoot up in a similar fashion, adding offers from several of the country's top programs. 

Still, the 6-foot-5 wing with the silky jump shot has remained unfazed. He put on a shooting clinic at Nike's EYBL stop in Indianapolis in front of a crowd of high-major coaches. He scored 28 points on Friday night and finished the weekend averaging 19 points per game while knocking down 13-of-26 from 3-point range. 

"I'm just grateful for all of these offers," Randolph said. "I'm not really thinking about that, though. I'm just trying to get to Peach Jam and win Peach Jam." 

During April he established his reputation as one of the top shooters in the EYBL by hitting 21-of-42 attempts from beyond the arc while averaging 15.6 points and 2.1 rebounds through seven games. His 21 threes are tied for the most in the EYBL and his 3-point percentage ranks second among players with more than 15 attempts from distance.  

Several of the schools recruiting him - Xavier, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Temple - all made it in to visit with Randolph the week before the EYBL event in Indianapolis.

Xavier has made him a priority since offering in January. 

"Xavier's coaches were just talking about the campus and how they have a small school, but it really fits me because Westtown is a small school so that would be a great transition for me," Randolph said. "It was a great talk."

He added that he likes what he's seen from the Big East conference. 

"The current Big East is great," Randolph said. "I went to a couple of games. It's very competitive. They have a bunch of great teams. I watched Xavier and Seton Hall (on TV) a lot this year." 

Another school coming hard after Randolph is Notre Dame. The Irish received a commitment from his cousin Temple "TJ" Gibbs in the 2016 class and are trying to use that as a selling point to Randolph. 

"In the middle of the school season (Notre Dame) started recruiting me," he said. "My cousin TJ committed there, so they're trying to recruit me pretty hard. He always tells me how great the campus is and how I should come by and take a visit." 

Randolph doesn't plan on narrowing his list of schools down until after the AAU season, "probably in August." He also expects to take all five of his official visits.  

"It's definitely a family decision," he said. "We're looking for a school with great academics to where if I don't make it to the NBA then I can actually get a job and prosper in the real world. As far as basketball, I'm looking for a team that really locks up on defense that can also play run-and-gun." 

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