Peach Jam: Shavlik Randolph


Shavlik Randolph

NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga. --

Shavlik Randolph is all business.

There were no smiles or laughs, just a gritty demeanor with visible dissatisfaction and even a few uncharacteristic swears.

So, is Randolph having any fun?

"It's not fun to lose," he said.

Apparently not. He was so frustrated after back-to-back losses that he turned down interview requests. But his firey disposition, though to a lesser degree, continued into the next day, during which the Raleigh won two in a row.

Randolph downplayed the ankle injury that is limiting his leaping ability.

"My foot's really gotten better – it's just my ankle," he said.

Shavlik Randolph is a perfectionist, and with the injury not yet near 100 percent, he can't be perfect, hence the aggravation.

"I just get frustrated if I feel like I'm not doing the best that I can and I'm not showing everything I've got," he said.

Randolph wasn't satisfied with his performances, but he was still quite impressive under conventional standards. On Day 2, he averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks.

Anyone who has seen Randolph's game knows he's a terrific shooter and displays the type of footwork that few bigmen in the sport possess.

Though grounded by the injury, Randolph's maneuvering and ball control around the hoop enabled him to still score over the opposing frontcourt. And on the other end of the court, he was an impressive shot-blocker.

As for his recruitment, there is unsurprisingly nothing newsworthy. His school list remains the same and, of course, no one leads.

Randolph has set a rough timetable for his college decision, but he's certainly in no hurry to make a commitment.

"I hope to make a decision before my high school season starts so I can devote my time and energy to the season," he said. "But if I haven't made up my mind by then, I'm not going to rush into a decision."

And no postgame media session with Randolph would be complete without a newspaper reporter forcing him to speak about the NBA, as one did during the postgame interview.

"I never thought about it until reporters asked me about it," Randolph said. "I know I'm not ready for the NBA and I've got a long ways to go. In 11 months, I'll reevaluate the situation."


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