In a move that likely surprised no one, Arizona sophomore guard Brandon Randolph has decided to test the waters of the NBA. He made the announcement via Instagram on Friday night.
What does it all mean?
It could free up a scholarship for Arizona, a team trying to return to glory after two lackluster seasons (compared to its successful past).
In his message, he said, “I am taking this process very seriously and look forward to getting feedback to help me make the best decision for my family and me. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and for being in my corner through this process, including God, my family, Arizona family, friends and UofA fans!! I appreciate your continued support! Bear Down!”
Is it a smart move? It’s a move that doesn’t hurt him or the program, given what it returns next season despite Randolph being a key offensive spark when he’s on.
This past season, Randolph was one of the more inconsistent offensive players for UA in recent memory. He jumped out of the gate scoring in the 20s for the early part then faded in the season’s second half, although he did finish the season as the team’s leading scorer at 12.4 points per game.
Still, he’s a talented, athletic shooting guard prospect, but one no one projects to be drafted in this summer’s NBA Draft.
The deadline to withdraw his name from the draft is May 29 if he decides to return to UA.