Friday, November 6, 2009

Pac-10 Preseason Player of the Year: Jerome Randle

National Hoops Report Pac-10 Preseason Player of the Year
Kenneth Faried, PG, Senior, Cal

Whenever a player returns to a conference as the top scorer and assist man, there is a strong chance that they earn Preseason Player of the Year honors. Randle is exactly in this position this season. The tiny guard from Chicago scored 18.3 points a game last year while dishing out five assists a game for Mike Montgomery.

This year, Randle has the Golden Bears sitting atop many Pac-10 lists and inside the top 10 in the eyes of a number of hoops pundits. He and backcourt mate Patrick Christopher will certainly battle Washington’s trio of Abdul Gaddy, Isaiah Thomas and Venoy Overton for the “top backcourt in the Pac-10” title all season. listed Randle as the No. 15 ranked point guard in the class of 2006. Scout nailed the evaluation on Randle: "One of the fastest, smartest and most poised point guards around. You can't take the ball from him and he makes sound decisions. You want the ball in his hands at all times and he exudes confidence. Forget the size, the kid is a player. Plus, he'll launch 3s with range and confidence."

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