Basketball: Randle, Christopher busy in Indy

Cal seniors Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher have made it to Indianpolis and the Final Four, after all.

Randle will participate Thursday in the 3-point shootout (ESPN, 6 to 8 p.m.), and both players will play in the NABC Reese’s All-Star Game on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium (CBS College Sports Network, 1:35 p.m.).

The 3-point competition is part of the 22nd annual State Farm slam dunk and 3-point shooting contest at the Indiana Convention Center.

Here’s the roster of sharpshooters with their season 3-point percentages in parenthesis:

Jerome Randle, Cal (.404), Michael Roll, UCLA (.426), Roman Martinez, New Mexico (.413), Eric Hayes, Maryland (.454), Jason Bohannon, Wisconsin (.389), Ali Farokhmanesh, Northerm Iowa (.372), Ryan Wittman, Cornell (.426) and Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt (.379).

Randle and Christopher will wear orange uniforms (ugh) for the Reese’s All-Stars, presumably the West squad, in Friday’s game involving some of the nation’s top seniors. Former St.Mary’s HS-Berkeley star Dominic Calegari of UC Davis also is on the Reese’s squad, along with Arizona State’s Eric Boateng and UCLA’s Roll. Honorary coach for the Reese’s team is former Purdue coach Gene Keady.

The Hershey’s team, or East squad, directed by Bill Hodges, who coached Larry Bird at Indiana State, features Scottie Reynolds of Villanova, Cornell’s Wittman and Jeff Foote and Marquette’s Lazar Hayward.

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Shouldn’t the players taking part in these events have all been in the Tourney? I mean, would Ali Farokhmanesh or Ryan Wittman be in it had their teams not only made the tourney, but advanced? Roll? Boateng? Calrgari of Davis?

  • David

    Why isn’t Theo in the 3-point shootout?

  • Will

    Great exposure for Christopher – I think his draft stock dropped considerably this season, but he showed flashes of why he was regarded as a strong NBA prospect near the end of the year (that last game not withstanding). Hopefully he works his way back into the mix.

    And for Randle, a good chance to show scouts that he’s worth a summer league tryout – the next Anthony Morrow, perhaps?

  • K1W

    Jerome shooting just behind the 3-point line, instead of 3 feet (or more) beyond? Either he’s going to win this contest, or he’ll miss like crazy because it’s too close.

  • CALiforniALUM

    Seems like Theo should have been in the All Star game. He is by far the most well rounded and consistent player on both ends of the court we had all year. With all due respect to Christopher, I would have selected Theo first.