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Top basketball target visiting

One of Matt Painter's long-time and top targets -- Illinois guard Chasson Randle -- will be on Purdue's campus this weekend for an official visit.

Randle, a 2011 prospect, has his list down to Purdue, Illinois and Stanford, Rock Island High School coach Thom Sigel said.

Randle is ranked as the 38th-best prospect overall and No. 8 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 in ESPNU's rankings. He's a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder who plays a combo guard for Rock Island but could be expected to be a point guard in college.

Sigel said Randle has visits scheduled to Stanford over the Oct. 9 weekend and Illinois the following weekend, Oct. 16. Sigel expects Randle to make a decision after the visits are finished and sign in the early signing period in November.

Sigel said Purdue's chances are "33 and a third" at this point.

"Probably along the process it's changed from week-to-week or day-to-day a little bit," Sigel said. "That's why I think he's at this point now where for three out of the four weeks, he's going to get the direct comparison and get a feel for it. That is a honest answer.

"They're all similar in a lot of ways in their style. You look at academically and with the coaching staff and the style, that's what I've told him, 'That's why it is a tough choice. You've got three similar ones that you're not going to go wrong with any of them.' He's just going to have to, after the visits, feel what's the best fit."

Randle has a 4.0 GPA and is tied for No. 1 in his class, Sigel said.

He also offers a nice range of basketball skills.

Sigel described Randle as a do-everything player with a scorer's mentality who can get to the rim but also has developed into a better perimeter shooter. Defensively, he has long arms, nice athleticism and uses his intelligence and willingness to study the game to find good angles. He also led Rock Island in rebounding last season, averaging about 7 per game.

"We've needed him to do a lot more things (than a college)," Sigel said. "(He could) develop the point guard mentality a little bit, but I don't think any of the school's want him to lose the scorer's mentality either because he's such a good scorer and can do a lot of things. That's another thing he liked with those school's – they didn't try to pigeon-hole him as a certain player. They see his versatility and his talents. All play some type of a motion where he can read screens. He does those things really well and uses screens. I think that's what they really like about him."

Painter and his staff have recruited Randle hard since his freshman season. Per NCAA rules, they can't discuss recruits.

Assistant coach Jack Owens was in Germany this July to watch Randle play with the United States U17 World Championship team. (So were coaches from Illinois and Stanford, Sigel said.)

Randle made all four of his shots, scored nine points and had two rebounds in nine minutes of the Gold-medal-winning game.

Randle has made other visits to Purdue, Sigel said.

"He's been over to Purdue for games or when we came over for a shootout, summer of '09 and one time with his mom in June," Sigel said. "He may have a gut feeling one way or the other a little bit but really wants to take each visit and put some stock in that and how the visits go."

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