There is a pretty hearty list of seniors who aren’t quite finished making milestones in their collegiate basketball careers, whether their team is still alive in NCAA tournament play or not. You can, without a second thought, add Chasson Randle to that list.
The Stanford shooting guard had been on everyone’s radar throughout the season, even with the Cardinal having an up-and-down 23-13 season and being one of the splashy March Madness participants.
But the Palo Alto squad has kept rolling in NIT and the Rock Island, Illinois native gave the masses more reasons to take notice on Tuesday, when he set the new all-time scoring record at Stanford.
Randle entered Tuesday’s NIT semis against Old Dominion just 11 points away from the all-time record. He went on to tally 24 in Stanford’s 67-60 victory over ODU.
But it wasn’t just the points that made the record-breaking so
astounding, but what Randle had to do to overcome the team’s–and his own–foul and turnover troubles in Tuesday’s contest to burst through in the second half. Randle’s leadership on the court helped the Cardinal overcome the 10 turnovers and less-than-stellar play from the first half to carry Stanford to a win in front of the Madison Square Gardens crowd. Those late game three-pointers helped Stanford fend off the hungry Monarchs to keep their NIT campaign rolling.
The performance even garnered a congrats from former record holder Todd Lichti, who tweeted that Randle and the team were both deserving. He went on to mention that he had previously met the senior star, dubbing him a “class act.”
It was just another example of Randle’s leadership skills–the same that he has shown all season long. He has been a figurehead on and off the court, even outside of the Pac-12 Conference. He has maintained a high GPA while maintaining a high shooting percentage, being named first team All-Pac-12 in 2014 as well as being a two-time Pac-12 Academic honoree. Randle has also given back to the community by finding time to speak to troubled youth at the Scott County Juvenile Detention facility in Iowa. Clearly,if there’s anyone you want to see atop Stanford’s list of all-time scorers, it’s this guy.
It’s only a wonder what spectacle Randle might put on next, as Stanford faces off against Miami in Thursday’s NIT championship game.
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