By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 11:47 pm in Basketball.
Stanford’s Landry Fields, writing for DraftExpress.com, had big praise for Jerome Randle after the Cal star won MVP honors last month at the Portsmouth Invitational camp featuring some of the nation’s top senior NBA prospects. Here’s what Fields had to say:
“While I can speak all day about each and every guy at the camp, I’ll just share with you who I was most impressed with. The invitational’s most valuable player was Jerome Randle, and he deserved it. While he wasn’t my favorite player to watch at the event, mostly because I had seen him for so many years and played against him because he went to Cal, he showed a side of himself that not many got to witness when he was at Berkeley.
“Randle has always been a great passer, but in college he was a score first type point guard. His handle is beyond ridiculous and I promise you he can shoot a few feet inside the half court line with ease and knock it down fairly consistently. However, at the camp he became a pass first point guard. He reminded me of when Sebastian Telfair was in the McDonald’s All-American game and was going for the assist record. I had never seen Randle play this way before.
“He came in with the same mind set as I did; scouts already knew he could score the ball–that was no secret–he wanted to show his ability to do other things, specifically create for others. Randle has always been capable of this, but at the camp he showed it consistently and made it look easy. Every once in a while he would reveal his sweet stroke and rock-solid handle, but he was practically involved in all of his team’s plays and was dropping some serious dimes.”