2010 (Senior):HEADER JEROME J. RANDLE Point Guard University of California Golden Bears #3 5:09.3-169 Chicago, Illinois Hales Franciscan High School
OVERVIEW Randle might lack ideal size, but few college point guards showed the same impressive explosiveness, court vision and excellent decision-making ability that made Randle a star in the Pac-10.
While his shooting stroke is his best quality, having broken the school career scoring record with 1,835 points, there are many other areas of his game in which Randle stands out.
His 651 points scored as a senior rank third on the Cal season-record list. He did an outstanding job of drawing contact on the way to the basket and was almost automatic at the line. The senior point guard's free throw percentage of 88.1 set the school career-record and was also the best mark in Pac-10 Conference history. His 93.3 free throw percentage in 2009-10 established the Cal annual record, ranking second on the league single-season record chart.
Randle was consistent and has good range; his 595 field goals made rank seventh all-time among Cal players. His 252 successful three-pointers set the school career-record and his 40.5 three-point field goal percentage is the sixth-best on the Bears career-record list. But, Randle brings more to the table than just his scoring touch. The unselfish point guard handed out 524 assists, the second-highest career total in school annals.
Randle averaged 25 points, 1.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game on the way to earning state Class A Player of the Year honors from the Chicago Sun-Times as a senior at Hales Franciscan High School. He was also voted first-team Class A All-State by Illinoisprephoops.com and second-team All-State (all divisions) by the Chicago Tribune.
The point guard captured the three-point shooting title and was named the game's Co-MVP after scoring 31 points in the Illinois-Missouri Riverwar All-Star Game. He led his prep team to a pair of championships, including compiling a 27-4 record on the way to the Illinois state title in 2005. He later helped his Chicago Ferrari team to the 17-and-under AAU national crown, earning tournament MVP honors.
Randle started once game, appearing in 33 games, for California in 2006-07. He scored in double figures in the first two games as a Bear, finishing with averages of 6.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.5 steals that year.
Randle received a medical scare prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. He missed the first two games after undergoing a kidney biopsy on Oct. 29, 2007, a procedure that revealed mild inflammation that could be treated with medication. In his first game back, he scored 21 points, going on to rank ninth in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.74 assists per game. He also placed second in the league in free-throw shooting (87.0 percent) and 10th in three-point accuracy (39.7 percent), reaching double figures in scoring 21 times while competing in 31 games.
As a junior, Randle garnered first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was named to the All-District IX team by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He scored 603 points on the season, which ranks seventh all-time at Cal and became the school's all-time leader in career free-throw percentage (85.5). He set the school season-record for three-pointers with 82 and in three-point attempts (177), as he also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game.
Randle capped his collegiate career with a slew of post-season honors in 2009-10. He was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year, USBWA District IX Player of the Year and earned All-American honorable mention after leading Cal to its first conference title since 1960. The school's all-time scoring leader with 1,835, he made 40 consecutive free throws to set the new school record. He averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.1 rebounds per game.
In preparation for the 2010 NBA Draft, Randle was named the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament after he averaged 13.7 points per game for the tournament, which ranked 15th among all players. In three games played, he shot 17-for-36 from the field, good for a percentage of .472 that ranked 22nd in the tournament. His average of 2.0 steals per game was tied for sixth best in the field. He led his team to the final before losing in the championship game.
GAME ANALYSIS Scored 21 points vs. Louisville in the NCAA Tournament...Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and USBWA National Player of the Week honors after leading Cal to a home sweep of Washington and Washington State, which included 33 points vs. the Huskies...set a career high in scoring with 39 points at Washington State...Collected 29 points at Southern California and 25 more at Arizona State, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc...had a perfect first half vs. Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tourney, making all eight of his shots, including four three-pointers, and going 2-for-2 from the FT line for 22 points...Named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team after setting a tourney record by going 16-for-16 at the FT line in three games.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection, adding All-District IX first-team honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association...Started all 33 games at point guard, leading the team in scoring with 603 points (eighth on Cal's season-record list), an average of 18.3 points per game, as he made 191-of-381 field goals (50.1 percent), 82-of-177 three-pointers (46.3 percent, the fourth-best season percentage in school history) and 139-of-161 free throws (86.3 percent rank seventh on the school annual record chart)...Averaged 5.0 assists per game, as his total of 165 rank ninth on the school season-record chart...Had 24 steals and 100 rebounds (3.0 per game)...His 82 successful three-point field goals set the school season-record...Scored at least 15 points in a game 20 times.
2008-09 SEASON Hit eight three-pointers at Arizona on March 5, one shy of the school record for most in a game, ending the night with a career-high 31 points, becoming the 32nd player in school history to score 30 points in a game...Scored the 1,000th point in his collegiate career vs. Washington on Feb. 5...Paced Cal in scoring 20 times in 33 games, including a career-high 31 points at Arizona...Posted 26 points vs. Florida State and Arizona State, 24 points at Arizona State, 23 points after a slow start at Washington, 20 vs. Oregon State and UCLA, and 22 vs. Oregon...In Seattle, Randle drilled a trey with 44 seconds left to send the game in overtime when the Bears eventually won in the third overtime period...His 26 points and 10 assists vs. Arizona State earned him a double-double...Recorded 12 points in the second half vs. Stanford, helping the Bears erase a 22-point deficit and earn the win...nailed the game-winning three-pointer with six seconds left to top Utah, part of his game-high 21 points on the night...Hit three key 3-pointers over the final 7:38 and finished with 24 points and six assists in Cal's win vs. DePaul...Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after putting up 23 points to go with his game-high eight assists vs. Nevada...Named Tournament MVP of the Golden Bear Classic, earning the honor for the second year in a row.
2009-10 SEASON All-American third-team choice by The NBA Draft Report, adding honorable mention from the Associated Press...Named Pac-10 Player of the Year, USBWA District IX Player of the Year and was selected to the Pac-10's All-Tournament team...Named the 2009-10 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winner for the Golden Bears' men's student-athletes. This is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership...Started all 35 games, leading the team in scoring with 651 points (18.6 per game), the third-best season total in school annals, topped by Lamond Murray (729 in 1993-94) and Ryan Anderson (697 in 2007-08)...Set the school and Pac-10 season-record by making 93.3 percent of his free throw attempts (139-of-149), as his string of 40 consecutive successful free throws set another Cal mark...Hit on 40.4 percent of his three-pointers (92-of-228) and 45.7 percent of his total field goals (210-of-460)...Collected 73 rebounds (2.1 per game), as he had 26 steals (0.7 per game) and 150 assists (4.3 per game)...Led the team in scoring 18 times.
2007-08 SEASON Started 27-of-31 games, missing the first two contests on the schedule after he underwent a kidney biopsy on Oct. 29, 2007, a procedure that revealed a mild inflammation that could be treated with medication...Randle ranked ninth in the Pac-10 Conference with 3.74 assists per game and was also second in free-throw shooting (87.0 percent) and 10th in three-point accuracy (39.7 percent)...Reached double figures in scoring 21 times...Scored 367 points (11.8 per game) on 124-of-190 field goals (42.8 percent), 52-of-131 three-point attempts and 67-of-77 free throws...Collected 26 steals with 116 assists.
2006-07 SEASON Randle played in all 33 games his freshman season, starting once at Washington...Had averages of 6.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game...Connected on 26-of-86 three-point tries...Reached double figures in scoring his first two games away from home with 18 points at San Diego State and 14 points in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout vs. Marshall.
CAREER NOTES Randle appeared in 132 games at California, second only to Patrick Christopher (134, 2006-10) on the school record list...Set the Cal career records for most points scored (1,835, surpassing the previous mark of 1,776 points by Sean Lampley, 1998-2001), most three-point field goals made (252, topping Ryan Drew's 214, from 1988-91) and free throw percentage (88.1, also broke the Pac-10 mark of 88.0 percent by Rod Foster of UCLA, 1980-83)...His 651 points scored as a senior rank third on the school season-record list, while his 603 points in 2008-09 rank eighth...Set the school season-record with a field goal percentage of 93.3 in 2009-10, which placed second in Pac-10 annals behind Rod Foster of UCLA (95.0 percent in 1981-82)...His free throw percentage of 87.0 percent as a sophomore and 86.3 percent as a junior rank fifth and seventh, respectively, on the California annual record chart... Ranks seventh in school history with 595 total field goals made...Registered 524 assists, ranking second in school history behind Keith Smith (546, 1987-90)...His 165 assists in 2008-09 rank ninth and 150 assists last year rank 11th on Cal's annual record chart...Is the only Cal player and just the sixth player in Pac-10 history to record at least 1,700 points and 500 assists in a career...Holds the top two spots on the school season-record list with 82 successful three-pointers in 2008-09 and then broke that mark with 92 treys as a senior.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Hales Franciscan (Chicago, Ill.) High School, averaging 25 points, 1.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game on the way to earning state Class A Player of the Year honors from the Chicago Sun-Times as a senior...Voted first-team Class A All-State by Illinoisprephoops.com and second-team All-State (all divisions) by the Chicago Tribune... The point guard captured the three-point shooting title and was named the game's Co-MVP after scoring 31 points in the Illinois-Missouri Riverwar All-Star Game...Led his prep team to a pair of championships, including compiling a 27-4 record on the way to the Illinois state title in 2005...Member of the National Honor Society.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE Prior to reporting to California as a freshman, Randle helped his Chicago Ferrari team to the 17-and-under AAU national crown, earning tournament MVP honors.
PERSONAL African American Studies major...Became the fourth Chicago-area player to play for the Bears in recent years, joining Eric Vierneisel (Algonquin, 2005-08), Dennis Gates (Chicago, 1999-2002) and Sean Lampley (Chicago, 1998-2001)...Son of Zsa-Zsa Miller...Born Jerome J. Randle on 5/21/87 in Chicago, Illinois.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Compensates for a lack of size with outstanding court quickness, balance and a high basketball IQ...While he has been the team's prolific scorer, he is also a capable ball facilitator who knows how to vary his speed bringing the ball down the court, using a nice array of hesitation moves and fakes to create separation and take the defender off balance on the way to the rim...Despite his lack of size, he is very good at drawing contact, setting numerous school and conference records for his ability to connect at a high level from the foul line...Does a good job of scanning the court to locate open teammates for a better scoring option...When forced out of the lanes, he shows good retreat skills to park at the perimeter, where he is very dangerous executing his three-point shot (made 40.5 percent of those attempts during his career, sixth in school history, as his 82 treys as a junior and 92 as a senior are the top two season figures by a Cal player)...As a free throw shooter, he executes attempts with a high arch and a quick release point...Efficient shooter along the perimeter with legitimate NBA three-point range...Sets his feet and shows good form on his jump shot (much better when he gets spacing than with a defender in front of him)...Shows the hand agility to keep the ball on the floor long, pull up and fire off the dribble before his man has a chance to get into position to defend...Even though he gets pushed around some by bigger opponents, he is a scrappy defender with the lateral range to get into passing lanes to steal the ball...Might get bounced around on the boards, but is slippery enough to get under his man when fighting for the rebound...Has improved his passing ability and shows good timing getting the ball to the open outlet with precise tosses through double teams...Has good patience passing the ball around, but needs to show that same characteristic as a shooter...Likes to push the ball quickly and has the timed speed to lead an up-tempo attack...Can pull up and fire in transition, compensating for an inability to drive into the paint with a quick release from the perimeter.
Negatives: Very undersized for NBA standards...Lacks the wingspan (6'0") or standing reach (7-foot-4 1/2) to compensate for his size deficiency...Gets bounced out of the lane regularly; lacks strength to absorb punishment working inside...Has just adequate leaping ability...Height issues make his easily overmatched on defense...Has the speed to stay with shooters, but not the anchor needed to maintain position and his short arms have prevented him from being a standout defensive player...Even though he finished second in school history with 524 assists, he has a shoot-first mentality...Struggles to finish at the basket due to his size, as he fails to get the elevation or arm extension to make his shots over the outstretched arms of an opponent...Gets pushed back often when trying to stop shooters from getting into the lane...When he tries to force the issue inside and drive to the rim, he will get bounced around, which results in turnovers.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: AARON BROOKS, Houston -- Thanks to the success of Brooks, Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee) and Darren Collison (New Orleans), NBA teams might not be so leery of drafting a talented player with seemingly obvious size limitations. Randle is an efficient passer, but sometimes plays with a shoot-first attitude that you usually associate with a shooting guard. He is a dangerous shooter along the perimeter and excels when playing at the charity stripe. He is currently a much better fit as a reserve coming off the bench to spell an experienced point guard.