After each missed shots, the Scootie Randall detractors take to Twitter.
They point out how the Temple swingman is hurting the Owls (11-4) with a poor-shot selection. They tweet that it’s way past time for coach Fran Dunphy to permanently replace the struggling fifth-year senior with promising freshman Quenton DeCosey.
Here’s why I disagree:
“He’s got to make shots for us to be as good as we can be,” Dunphy said of Randall after Saturday’s 64-54 victory over St. Louis at the Liacouras Center.
It would be impossible for him to do that from the bench. Randall needs to shoot out of his slump.
Plus, as the vocal and emotional leader, he is too valuable to watch from the bench. The Communications Tech product is the team’s best rebounder (7.4 per game) and a solid defender.
But looking to shake things up, Dunphy correctly started DeCosey in place of Randall Saturday.
Randall, who entered the game with 11 minutes, 33 seconds left before halftime, finished with three points on 1-for-7 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a turnover in 32 minutes. DeCosey had one rebound, a turnover and did not score in 10 minutes.
That decision didn’t improve Randall’s shooting percentage (34.6), which ranks last among the Owls’ top eight players. He has made just 2 of his last 17 shots, dating back to the second half of Thursday’s game at Xavier.
However, Randall was more relaxed than he was after intermission against the Musketeers.
Moving forward, he isn’t opposed to playing a similar role.
“Anything that I can do to help my team with a win that’s what my focus is right now,” Randall said.
But the Owls desperately need him to regain his shooting tough. And he won’t do that from the bench.