The time is coming...for Johnny Dawkins, the "Day of Randle-ing" is close at hand. Ok, that is perhaps a touch overly melodramatic....
We admit to being very anxious as the end-game approaches with a national top-100 player who is one of the highest-rated uncommitted guards in the country. 6-2, 165-pound play-making point guard prospect Chasson Randle ["Chasson" rhymes with 'Jason'] will be sealing a deal soon and we are all waiting for the word on his school of choice.
Rated by Scout.com as a "four-star" prospect and the #9 point guard in the entire class of 2011 class, ESPN rates him as the #38 overall prospect in the country! TOS has him at #68 overall. Randle reports offers from more than a dozen top basketball schools, including Stanford, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Florida State and Northwestern.
We have made through cut after cut and we are now getting down to crunch-time! The shot clock is winding down! This is a Dawkins personal priority! Like "Jesus Shuttleworth" in He Got Game, Randle is "The Chasson One" for the Cardinal. He is scheduled to visit Illinois next week. In July, the Randle family narrowed things down. It is going to be either Stanford, home-state Illinois (maybe he should get advice from with "Joel Goodson" from the 1984 Tom Cruise classic Risky Business) or regional power Purdue. This is a bright kid who is taking his time, weighing his wealth of attractive options, and making sure he makes the right decision... for him.
Randle has stated previously that his choice of college will be about "comfort". While he has been to the beautiful Stanford campus before, accompanied the first time by his father "Willie", this coming weekend should be a far better opportunity for him to meet and get comfortable with his potential new teammates - six of whom have just entered the Stanford Basketball program for the first time this fall. He will be getting a first-hand look at the Cardinal's bright future and we thing he will be lovin' it!
The Cardinal is unabashedly in love with this big-time, long-armed game-changing point guard. He can play the "2", but size makes him a more natural "1". Stanford would like him to play point, but more importantly, the point is where Randle himself envisions his best path to a potential professional basketball career (if he doesn't decide to go straight to medical school!).
Chasson will be accompanied on this trip by his mother and a sister who will get a chance to sign-off on this "Stanford" place way out on the
west coast. We feel good about our chances. These visits usually go awfully well! Seeing the amazing campus, interacting with professors and staff, and meeting the Stanford players will be impactful, but It won't hurt to let the Randle
family see some school spirit during a "cruel", yet classy smack-down of the "sin-to-winners" from
In an earlier interview with The Bootleg, Randle noted that wears jersey number "5" at Rock Island high school in Illinois because he was born on Feb. 5, and because "it takes the whole team coming together, all five, to win a game." Sharp-shooting Jeremy Green now wears #45, but started out with #5. Hmm, why did he switch? (Just kidding!). If all goes well, Randle could be wearing that #5 Stanford jersey, which has been worn previously by outstanding Cardinal players like George Zaninovich (1951-52, the father of current WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich), Pete Sauer (a starting forward on the 1998 Final Four team) and dual-sport star Teyo Johnson, We bet Johnny Dawkins and his staff would sew "RANDLE" with gilded thread on any jersey to make this talented young man comfortable and feeling appreciated.
Aaron Bright is wearing #2, Anthony Brown is wearing #3, Stefan Nastic is wearing #4. Who will be wearing #5? Stay tuned. We are attempting to reach Randle before he heads out west for his big weekend on the Farm.
There is no question that Chasson "Too Hard to Handle" Randle, a talented young student-athlete with "Stanford stuff", would be a monumental addition to the ongoing effort to elevate the rising Cardinal back to one of the elite programs in college basketball.
Additional Note: Randle is not the only prospect that has Stanford excited. There is another real possibility looming. Shooting guard Andre Hollins of White Station High School in Memphis, Tenn is an academically-inclined young man with a handful of solid offers who is rated three stars by Scout and is considered the #30 SG in the Class of 2011. Hollins had a good summer with a great showing at the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the Pangos tournament and is "rising fast". A talented defender and on-the-way-to-deadly shooter, he will be visiting Palo Alto the following weekend (Oct 15-17) and Andre will have the opportunity to see the Cardinal team practicing.
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