Jerome Randle was arguably the best senior in college basketball last season. He was Pac-10 Player of the Year, won the MVP at the Portsmouth Invitational, and was regarded as a great, yet undersized, scorer.
In a year where the first senior didn’t hear his name called until the 17th pick (Damion James) and only two others went in the first round, it was still surprising that Randle didn’t hear his name called. However, the host of the Orlando Summer League, the Orlando Magic, decided to give him a chance.
Randle can play point guard in the NBA, and the Magic are in desperate need of a back-up to Jameer Nelson. If you’ve seen Jerome Randle play you already know that he can score in bunches, something that should translate very well to the summer league where prolific scorers look like Jordan in his prime.
What the Magic will be looking for is whether Randle can set up the offense and get his teammates involved. Randle won’t lack help with Daniel Orton and Stanley Robinson, the Magic’s two draft picks in the 2010 NBA draft, joining him.
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Like we’ve said, the Magic need a back-up point guard and Randle may be their best option. The team is bringing in a slew of other combo guards; Sean Singletary, Donell Taylor, Curtis Stinson, and Joe Crawford. However, of those players, we like Randle to make the team, which is why he’s our Who to Watch For on the Orlando Magic.