Scootie Randall should bottle up his patience and sprinkle it on every high school basketball player in the area.
In this era of instant gratification, hotshot college basketball recruits expect to start as freshmen. And if they don't, those recruits often become agitated and threaten to transfer. Randall, now a junior at Temple, did neither. And the 6-foot-6 swingman is still a success story.
There wasn't a player hotter in the Atlantic Ten last week than Randall, who was seldom-used his first two seasons.
As a result, the Communications Tech High product was named A-10 men's basketball player of the week after averaging 20.5 points, five rebounds, and two assists in victories over La Salle and Rhode Island.
His most impressive game came Saturday against the Rams.
He made his first eight field-goal attempts en route to scoring 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Randall, who hit a career-high six three-pointers, had 19 points in the first half.
The vocal team leader, who has averaged 19.6 points over the last five games, is second on the team in scoring (11.4 points per game). He also leads the Owls in five major statistical categories against A-10 competition: scoring average (15.7 points), field-goal percentage (54 percent), three-pointers (25), three-point percentage (47.2), and minutes played (34.6).
Not bad for someone who averaged just 1.7 points through his first two seasons.
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