If you haven’t heard the name Craig Randall, don’t feel bad, most people
haven’t. Though, all of that is about to change, very soon. Randall,
who played his first two high school seasons at Girard High School near
Youngstown, will change addresses and head to Medina High School this
fall. Take note…
If you haven’t heard the name Craig Randall, don’t feel bad, most people haven’t. Though, all of that is about to change, very soon.
Randall, who played his first two high school seasons at Girard High School near Youngstown, will change addresses and head to Medina High School this fall.
The 6-foot-2 rising junior averaged 23.5 points per game as a sophomore, which somehow, only earned him 2nd Team All-Northeast Inland District. Yes, Division III, in an area not known for high-level basketball.
Randall scored 30 points in a loss to Division III state semifinalist Leavittsburg LaBrae and 41 points in a win over Jefferson including 34 in the second half. He averaged 35 points per game in two meetings against Youngstown Liberty.
Randall is playing travel ball with the Ohio Basketball Club, which has really allowed him to showcase his talents on not only a state level, but also nationally. At Medina, the lefty will get the chance to play in a Division I league against some top-notch opponents including Brunswick, Garfield Heights, Mentor, North Royalton, and Shaker Heights.
“I think academically, socially, and basketball wise, this is a good move for him,” said Craig Randall Sr. “This is a really good group of young men at Medina. He really seems to be fitting in. It’s also a great coaching situation.”
Randall, who comes from a very good gene pool, has lived his whole life in Youngstown. His brother Kyle (Randall) played at Kennedy Catholic (PA) and Central Michigan and now is playing in the NBA summer league with the Sacramento Kings. In addition, his oldest brother Lance (Randall) was a standout at Canfield High School and Youngstown Ursuline.
“He works very hard and is from a basketball family,” the elder Randall mentioned. “He has been in the gym a lot of years.”
Randall was part of an AAU National Championship when he was in 2nd grade (8U) with Team Crons.
Randall’s father believes the transition to Medina will be a good one, but he also noted the Youngstown area doesn’t always get the notoriety it deserves.
“ The Youngstown area, in general, from a notoriety standpoint, suffers,” Randall noted. “In particular, this area, suffers greatly. They don’t seem to get the recognition of other players with similar numbers or experiences around the state. He (Craig) averaged 23.5 points per game as a sophomore and wasn’t even 1st team all-district. There really is no respect for the basketball in the area.”
Randall praised his son’s time at Girard and how it has molded him into the player he has become.
“Those experiences have helped him going forward,” Randall said. “Knowing and learning how to lead was something he learned while at Girard. A lot of times he had to be the guy to score, so he knows how to do that. Looking forward to Medina, he will have to compete everyday in practice, which will help him get to the next level.”
Randall has high expectations for his son. With a solid July, Randall believes his son will be a household name nationally, and not just on a local level.
“That will probably increase by the time we get through July,” Randall’s father mentioned in response to his son being a bit of an unknown. “I personally think he will crack the ESPN Top 100 in the future. Has the potential to be one of the top guards in that class.”
Randall’s father could be onto something with his statement above. His son is long and smooth combo guard with the ability to play the one or two at the next level. For his age, his ability to make the right/simple play is well above average.
The lefty can knock shots down in a hurry behind the arc up to 25-feet. He possesses a quick release, which will be huge at the next level. Every elite shooter possesses a short-term memory, and Randall is no different.
He shows a very good ability to get into the lane and score in and around traffic with a smoothness that is easy on the eyes. Randall also has very good vision off the dribble.
With an enviable basketball resume, what are his areas of improvement?
“He has a long way to go,” his father believes. “He’s got to get stronger and more balanced overall. He also needs to be a better defender. It’s a work in progress. “
Randall continued to turn heads this past week in Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational with his timely perimeter shooting. The 2015 prospect helped lead the Ohio Basketball to a runner-up finish in the 16-and-under division.
Randall is currently 6-foot-2 and 150 pounds, but the doctor believes he will be 6-foot-4 or 5 by next AAU season.
However, there is still plenty of work to be done this travel season with his Ohio Basketball Club teammates. The Adidas sponsored club will be in Cincinnati this weekend before its big trip to Las Vegas later in the month.
Randall plays alongside one of the nation’s top prospects in Cleveland VASJ’s Carlton Bragg, which is a bonus considering the multitude of coaches watching each and every OBC contest.
“A kid of that stature on your team is huge,” Randall told us. “On the other hand, he makes Carlton better. He makes the game easy for those guys. He is a unique type of guard. He reminds me a lot of Johnny Dawkins with his ability to score and distribute.”
Randall currently holds offers from Kent State, Toledo, Northeastern, and Cleveland State with interest coming from St. Joseph’s, Xavier, Northwestern, Evansville, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Arizona, Central Michigan, Akron, and VCU.
Look for Randall’s offer list to grow leaps and bounds following the July evaluation periods.
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