Basketball: 20 Questions with Jerome Randle

We resume our series of quizzing Cal players with 20 questions:


YEAR: Senior
POSITION: Point guard
HEIGHT: 5-10

 Your five-man Dream Team, including yourself in the lineup: Me at point guard. I’ll pick Kobe (Bryant) at the 2. I’ll take LeBron (James) at the 3 . . . No, M.J. (Michael Jordan) at the 2, LeBron, me, I’ll pick Wilt Chamberlain at the 5 and Kevin Garnett.

Age when you first dunked: I actually have dunked. I dunked my sophomore year in high school. There was this guy called Jumping Jack from Chicago. He was about an inch shorter than me, and he jumps out of the gym. He showed me where he jumps from, how to extend my hands and stuff. He threw the ball up and I dunked it in. I’ve never dunked (in a game at Cal).

How tall you really are, if the doctor measured you barefoot: Probably 5-8.

How many pairs of basketball shoes you own: Maybe 50.

Coolest place you’ve been to play basketball: I liked Vegas. I enjoyed going there with my AAU teammates. We just had a great time. It’s a different world.

Unusual place you’ve never been that you’d love to visit: Amsterdam. My uncle passed away when I was really young. He was a good guitarist over there. I’ve always wanted to go see it.

Besides Cal, the Pac-10 school with the best basketball fans: I love Washington’s fans. They’re really live.

The worst: Oregon State . . . they’re horrible.

The sport you refuse to watch: Hockey. That’s like boring. Omigod, it’s just horrible.

The actor who plays you in the movie version of your life: Martin Lawrence

Actress who plays the lead opposite you: Halle Berry . . . just to see her, man.

Best concert you ever saw: The Best of Both Worlds — R. Kelly and Jay-Z

Least favorite kind of music: Rock ‘n roll. I don’t like that music.

Best advice you ever got: It was from my cousin, who passed. He told me I could do anything I put my mind to. He was real hard on me as a kid. He told me that when we were walking 10 blocks to go to the park, and he made me shovel (snow off) the whole court so we could play. It was like 10 degrees and I remember just crying. My hand was frost-bit and he was like, `You can do anything you put your mind to.’ I’ll always remember that.

Favorite meal your mother cooks: Red beans and rice with cornbread, chicken and sweet potatoes.

Food you will not eat: I hate chitlins. My family eats chitlins. I think it’s like pig guts . . . a lot of people like that. I remember waking up as a kid and my Grandma would be cooking it late at night. I would smell it . . . ugh, it was horrible.

Three people in history you’d like to have dinner with: My cousin who passed, Michael Jackson and Obama.

The smartest guy on the Cal team: Jamal Boykin

The funniest: Me

The best athlete: Patrick Christopher — he’s a freak

Jeff Faraudo

  • milo

    Jerome Randle is one interesting dude. For one, no one picks Wilt Chamberlain. Other then that, sounds like a typical smart (ass) Cal student. Go Bears!

  • nickle

    Thanks for these interviews. Really nice perspective on each of our players.

  • uh oh.

    Bah humbug. Lots of people pick Wilt Chamberlain, Milo!
    You must be very young. Randle simply shows he’s a student of the game’s history.
    Here’s one educated man’s analysis:

    Did you know that they change the rules to offset The Big Dipper’s dominance? Yes, the key was widened to keep Wilt away from the basket and give others a chance.

    On another note, somebody needs to take Randle to a Sharks hockey game. That’s one game that is 10 times better live than on TV because the players are really moving fast on those skates. The action is back and forth! I’m not a hockey fan, but I will say that very positively about the sport.

    Randle – you can do anything you put your mind to: MJ and Obama are still alive. Go for it!
    If Boykin is the smartest, seems like he’s already figuring out an angle to get with Obama. Go with him!

  • Mountain Jim

    Seriously, anyone who ever saw Wilt in his prime would pick him.

  • rollonubears

    maybe he chose wilt because he’s a ladies’ man.

  • milo

    I know who Wilt is, grew up a Laker fan (had a Wilt the Stilt b-ball), and so does Randle. My point is Randle is a student of the game since Wilt isn’t a “cool” pick. I’ve never heard anyone in the past 20 years say their pick would be Wilt.