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Know The Prospect: Jerome Randle


I haven't seen this kid play, but that's true of pretty much all college players, because I don't watch college basketball much.  But I do read a lot of profiles around draft time and I've been doing it for several years.  You start to notice patterns in the kinds of guys that tend to find success at the next level and those that don't.

In the second round, you look for sleepers that have been overlooked.  Sometimes you can get guys that supposedly have an attitude problem, and it turns out they don't.  Sometimes you can get guys that seem unathletic, so they drop, and yet they can still play the game and fill a role very well.  Sometimes you can pick up excellent defenders that can learn some offense as they go.

And lots of times, you find guys that are a few inches too short.



Reading about Jerome Randle, you find out that he's a really good long range shooter.  You also find out that he can distribute the ball and shows leadership qualities.  In Portsmouth he racked up assists.  He's known as a gym rat and a guy who works hard on his shooting and his game.  His FT% is in the high 80's.

From experience reading profiles and seeing how teams pick, a guy like this, if he's 6'3",  is bound to be a lottery pick, especially in a draft not heavy on point guards.

If he's 6'1", he'll go mid-to late first round.  Especially if he has a good wingspan and can jump out of the gym.

But Randle?  He's 5'10", with a 6'0" wingspan.  So he's projected to be picked late second round by a lot of folks.  But really, if you've ever played the game, does three inches matter all that much?  It could, but if the guy is smart and quick, he could find ways to succeed at that height.   Especially because he can shoot.  Particularly if he's not expected to be a primary scorer.

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Jerome-Randle-5778/

I like the idea of picking this guy.  I smell steal.

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