Will Former Rutgers Forward Derrick Randall Revitalize His Career With Pittsburgh Panthers?
In two seasons in Piscataway, Randall struggled finding the floor under former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice. Following Rice’s dismissal amidst the public outcry in relation to the player abuse scandal, Randall opted to transfer. He wasn’t the only one to do so, either. Randall’s most recent decision here, comes just a few days after fellow Rutgers transfer Jerome Seagears made the decision to re-enroll at the university. Seagears was amongst one of the first few players to look elsewhere, but after landing at Auburn for one month, Seagears ultimately opted to return to the Scarlet Knights under newly-appointed head coach, Eddie Jordan.
Going back to Randall however, the biggest question will be whether or not he can revitalize a rather lackluster start to his collegiate career. Randall averaged only 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest this past season for the Scarlet Knights, entering the contest on only an 8.2 minute per game average.
Randall will have two years of eligibility remaining at Pittsburgh and he is expected to apply for a waiver. If the NCAA grants Randall that acceptance, he would be cleared to play right away with a Panthers squad that needs some added depth in the front court. Freshman center Steven Adams left for the NBA Draft, while Dante Taylor graduated, so there will be options for Randall.
Randall is a good fit in Pittsburgh and it’s going to be interesting to see if he can find a better niche with the Panthers than the one he had with Rutgers.
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