When it comes to elite level potential, Anthony Randolph has plenty. The 6-foot-10 forward from Dallas (Texas) Woodrow Wilson High School is still far from his best days and there is a long list of high-majors that hope the 2007 prospect refines his skills with their program.
Randolph, a five-star prospect in the junior class, has the tools that the elite level guys have. He might be the longest player in his class. Athletically, he's already there. Randolph can shoot the long ball. He scores at the rim. He can pass it.
He'll be the first to tell you that a Whataburger extra value meal could do him some good. Since moving to Dallas, Randolph has been quickly reminded how they play ball in the Lone Star State.
"Playing in a more physical environment made me better," he said. "Where I play, there are 5-foot-5 guards that post you up and are strong as all get out. So I feel like I just got stronger and more used to the physical game. My head game got better. I understand it better now."
His improvements are showing. He was one of the standouts from last weekend's Real Deal on the Hill. Randolph will be one of the many talented players in this weekend's Kingwood Classic.
There will be a long line of coaches watching him play. Know that much. But Randolph said he isn't in a big rush to decide on a school.
"I'm wide open up to this point," he said.
His options will be plenty. Randolph said he has been offered by UNC, Memphis, Louisville, Texas, UCLA, USC and Baylor. A host of others are watching and evaluating.
At the end of the day, Randolph said his decision will be based on simplistic things.
"It's the school and the coach. That's going to be it," Randolph said.