3.01.2013

Shavlik Randolph -- One of the Bigger College Recruiting Busts



Shavlik Randolph started his career at Duke by scoring a team-high 23 points and adding 7 rebounds in his November 23, 2002 debut against Army.[3] Two days later, Randolph posted his first double-double against Davidson.[4] Randolph's performance, however, started to decline after this stellar start, only scoring in double figures in five other games for the rest of the season. Randolph suffered from injuries which limited his playing time. He played in twenty-six games his freshman year (with six starts), but missed Duke's final six games of the year with two sprained ankles. For the season, Randolph averaged 7.4 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and 0.9 blocked shots per game.[5]

In his sophomore year, Randolph played in all 37 of Duke's games, averaging 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks.[6] Randolph's game excelled during Duke's 2004 run to the Final Four. In the opening round, Randolph posted 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals against Alabama State.[7] Randolph also played well in the national semi-final game against UConn, scoring 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting with six rebounds and one blocked shot.[8]

In the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons, Randolph had surgery on his left hip. His production declined significantly from his first two seasons at Duke: in 29 games, he averaged 4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. He was plagued by foul trouble,limiting him to 18.9 minutes a game. He was also afflicted with mononucleosis,which caused him to miss four games and limited his effectiveness upon his return.

After three seasons at Duke, Randolph averaged 6.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game in 92 games (including 36 starts). While at Duke, he was a member of two ACC regular season champions, two ACC tournament champions, and one Final Four squad.

Sports Illustrated college basketball writer Seth Davis named Randolph the biggest college basketball recruiting bust of the decade for the 2000s.[9]


Family and childhood

Randolph was named after his grandfather Ronnie Shavlik, an All-American center for the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the 1950s. (Ronnie Shavlik was a first-round draft pick by the New York Knicks in the 1956 NBA Draft.) His parents, Ken and Kim Randolph, attended the University of North Carolina. His godfather, Stuart Frantz, attended UNC as well. As a child, Randolph was an NC State fan, even serving as a ball boy for the Wolfpack for a time. He has a younger sister named Senna and a younger brother named Dexter.[1]

High school career

Randolph was a standout at Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He scored seventy points in a game to break the school's single-game scoring record, previously held by "Pistol" Pete Maravich. He was also Broughton's all-time leader in points, rebounds, and blocks by the end of his career. In his senior season, Randolph averaged 30 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocked shots per game.
Randolph received numerous awards for his high school career. He was a McDonald's All-American, two-time Parade All-American, and a two-time Associated Press North Carolina Player of the Year.
As a senior, Randolph was rated as the #6 power forward in the nation by Scout.com.[2]

Career at Duke

Randolph started his career by scoring a team-high 23 points and adding 7 rebounds in his November 23, 2002 debut against Army.[3] Two days later, Randolph posted his first double-double against Davidson.[4] Randolph's performance, however, started to decline after this stellar start, only scoring in double figures in five other games for the rest of the season. Randolph suffered from injuries which limited his playing time. He played in twenty-six games his freshman year (with six starts), but missed Duke's final six games of the year with two sprained ankles.[citation needed] For the season, Randolph averaged 7.4 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and 0.9 blocked shots per game.[5]
In his sophomore year, Randolph played in all 37 of Duke's games, averaging 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks.[6] Randolph's game excelled during Duke's 2004 run to the Final Four. In the opening round, Randolph posted 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals against Alabama State.[7] Randolph also played well in the national semi-final game against UConn, scoring 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting with six rebounds and one blocked shot.[8]
In the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons, Randolph had surgery on his left hip. His production declined significantly from his first two seasons at Duke: in 29 games, he averaged 4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. He was plagued by foul trouble,[citation needed] limiting him to 18.9 minutes a game. He was also afflicted with mononucleosis,[citation needed] which caused him to miss four games and limited his effectiveness upon his return.
After three seasons at Duke, Randolph averaged 6.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game in 92 games (including 36 starts). While at Duke, he was a member of two ACC regular season champions, two ACC tournament champions, and one Final Four squad.
Sports Illustrated college basketball writer Seth Davis named Randolph the biggest college basketball recruiting bust of the decade for the 2000s.[9]

Professional career

In the summer of 2005, Randolph declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft.
Randolph went undrafted in the 2005 NBA Draft, but on August 5, 2005, was signed to a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. This contract did not guarantee him a spot on the 76ers' roster, but after participating in training camp, Randolph earned a roster spot.[citation needed]
Although he scarcely played in the early part of the season, Randolph took an expanded role with the team in late December 2005 after reportedly impressing other players and coaches in practices by being extremely hard working and good natured.[citation needed] Randolph posted season bests of 10 points and 13 rebounds.[citation needed]
Randolph broke his ankle on November 30, 2006, in an accident during practice that teammates described as gruesome, comparing it to former NFL quarterback Joe Theisman's career-ending injury.[10]
On September 25, 2008, Randolph was signed to a non-guaranteed free-agent contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. His first game with the Blazers was played 38 games into the season, on January 14, 2009 against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers. Randolph had 4 points in as many minutes.[11] The Blazers did not resign Randolph in the 2009 off-season to make more room on the roster for the drafted players.
Randolph then joined the Miami Heat, but was waived by the team on December 14, 2009.[12] He was signed by the Portland Trail Blazers on December 30,[13] briefly waived,[14] and re-signed to a ten-day contract.[15] He was later signed by Miami again in the late part of the 2010 season.[16] He was waived in October 2010.
On April 1, 2011 he signed with Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rico.[17]
In September 2012, Randolph signed with the Washington Wizards.[18] However, he was waived before the start of the regular season.[19] In November 2012, he signed with the Foshan Long Lions of China.[20] On March 1, 2013, he joined the Boston Celtics on a ten-day contract.[21]

Highlights

  • Scored a career-high 12 points at Cleveland on November 25, 2006 and averaged 7.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.40 blocks during a five-game span from November 18–25, 2006.
  • Per 48 minutes played in 2006–07, averaged 15.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.88 steals and 2.68 blocks.
  • Wears No. 42 because it is half the uniform number worn by his grandfather Ronnie Shavlik (No. 84).

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