February 13, 2011

BCR digs deep on Class of 2014 offer

Last year, the hype began to build at The Pennington School about an incoming freshman who had dominated AAU and recreational basketball for the early years of his life. While the team last year went 23-2, they would lose a fair amount of talent.

One year later, Kaison Randolph is a 6-foot-2 175-pound freshman guard getting it done. He starts for Pennington Prep in New Jersey and is averaging 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.

Just twenty games into his high school career Randolph has made a name for himself amongst college coaches.

The University of Cincinnati decided to offer Kaison a scholarship on Saturday afternoon.

"Kaison has great upside, but also has a lot of work to do," said Team NJABC coach Matt Pauls of his grassroots player. "Clearly, the high-major D1 programs see his potential given his athleticism and skill for a freshman. I continue to emphasize to him that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and to end up in a high major D1 program he has to work very hard on the court and in the classroom."

Pauls, who has coached a handful of current college athletes, went on to say, "The good news is that he knows that, is humble, and is committed to work hard. He is doing well academically at a top private school, and his character is impeccable."

While the college interest is new for Kaison, a number of schools have inquired about him. "ACC, Big Ten, Big East and A10 schools have expressed interest," his AAU coach stated.

Kaison excels at getting to the rim and finishing in the paint with contact despite being skinny. His jump shot and range has improved throughout the year and continues to become more accurate. Defensively, he works hard on the boards and is extremely aggressive there. Randolph is a smart player and a hard worker.

While the best years are ahead of Randolph, the one thing that stands out the most about him is his passion. He loves the game.

The Bearcats and assistant coach Darren Savino, as well as head coach Mick Cronin, are the first to jump on board for the future prodigy.

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