Randall aiming for fast finish

Few high-major senior guards remain uncommitted, and Craig Randall is one who hopes to add his name to the list of possibilities for college programs still seeking backcourt help.

Craig Randall is a versatile player on the court who has had to be versatile off of it as well. The Ohio native, who played last year with Ohio Basketball Club, transferred to Phoenix (Ariz.) Shadow Mountain for his senior season and is learning under the tutelage of Mike Bibby.

A 6-2 combo guard who previously attended Medina (Ohio.) High, Randall is a skinny southpaw who likes to attack off the dribble and get out in transition. He also can stroke in long jump shots, which while streaky are another source of offensive prowess. He has become noted for his quick defense as well.

Randall also has played on the ball more than expected this season for Shadow Mountain. Mike Bibby Jr. is out with a knee injury, and at the recent Beach Ball Classic Randall elevated his play. He earned all-tournament honors and served notice that he warrants significant attention from more colleges as spring approaches.

He also understands that his senior year transfer can be a positive as long as he continues to perform well.

”I transferred because my dad moved to Arizona during the playoffs last year,” Randall said. “The move has kind of helped (my recruitment).”

Randall played for OBC for multiple years, even before high school, but despite leaving his home state there’s not lack of exposure in Phoenix and especially because he’s playing for a well known coach. He said that Mississippi, TCU, Louisiana Tech and several MAC programs are taking a close interest in his senior campaign.

”I’m planning to make a late March commitment,” he said. “I just want the best situation, wherever that is.”

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