Things just keep on getting better for the Arizona Wildcats. The latest addition to the program is four-star shooting guard Brandon Randolph. Randolph is the third commitment of what is now the top ranked class in the Scout rankings, and Sean Miller has a player he can rely on.
Over the past few seasons the Wildcats have, to put it kindly, struggled with their outside shooting. While clearly the Wildcats have had talented pieces on the perimeter, and it helped them to win a lot of games, floor spacing was a bit of an issue for Arizona.
Well, things are clearly changing in Tucson. Already the Wildcats had in-state scoring point guard Alex Barcello in the fold and now they have added another quality shooter in Randolph.
Combined Randolph and Barcello were 84-226 from deep which equates to 37 percent. Aside from the raw numbers, both Randolph and Barcello show the form and consistency with their release to be excellent shooters early on in their college careers.
Randolph especially is someone with a ton of ability. He is known mostly for his shooting, but he is more than just that.
At this point in time he is best as a catch and shoot guy, but he also has a solid handle. Randolph got to the foul line almost four times per game during the summer, and also pulled in three rebounds per contest.
Beyond that the upside is tremendous for what he can be as a defender. Randolph is 6-foot-5 with good athleticism and long arms.
Obviously Miller is a coach who loves defensive ability and versatility, and Randolph will give him just that. Once Randolph gets stronger and accustomed to the college game, there is no doubt that he should be a very good defender.
Overall it is just a quality addition all around for Arizona. Miller and his staff like to focus on a hybrid model of one and done talent with talented veterans.
As good as Randolph is, and he is a top 50 prospect, he is not a kid who projects to be a one or two and done type of kid. That means not only should he be an instant impact kid, but also someone who sticks around a while and is the type of leader that teams often need as a junior and senior.
Miller and his staff identified Randolph during the season as someone they liked, and they were able to close the deal following the official visit. Now Arizona has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, and the Wildcats don’t look close to being done yet.